The boys’ savage show that they are savages by how the pigs are killed. At first Jack wouldn’t even scratch the pig but now the boys brutally murder the pig they were hunting. “The sow gives a gasping squeal and staged with two spears striking in her fat flank. Jack was on top of the sow, stabbing downward with his knife. Roger found a lodgment for his point and began pushing until he was leaning with his whole weight”.
He starts out wanting to help and contribute to the group, and by the end of the book, he slowly changes for the worse. He transitions into a demigod. His way of behaving is neither disruptive nor violent at the beginning of the book, but he does show the desire to hunt and kill a pig. The first time Jack is presented with killing a pig he couldn’t, “because of the enormity of the knife and descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood.” (P. 27) Later on, he says, “We’ll get food, hunt, catch things...until they fetch us.” (P. 30) This shows that he cares, and wants to help and contribute to the group.
By personifying the sobs as “strangled”, the author is describing the magnitude of the sobs and screams. Humbaba was screaming as loud as he could, and pleading for his life. But the pity we feel doesn’t last long because Ekidu tells Gilgamesh Humbaba is deceiving him, and he has to die. Also the Cyclops from The Odyssey is depicted with certain human aspects to him. “When all these chores were done, he poked the fire” (195).
Jack, the leader of the hunt, found the pigs, and he instructed the other hunters to kill "the largest sow of the lot. She was black and pink; and the great bladder of her belly was fringed with a row of piglets that slept or burrowed and squeaked" (Golding, 124). This was savage-like and merciless because they killed a mother. The hunters continued to show their brutality throughout the hunt by following the pig and torturing her through most of the day. "The sow staggered her way ahead of them, bleeding and mad, and the hunters followed, wedding to her in lust, excited by the long chase and the dropped blood" (Golding, 125).
He became absolutely obsessed with hunting and killing pigs. At first it really was just to feed all of the boys, but more towards the end of the story it was for the please of killing the pig to feel powerful and pure primeval. Allowing Jack to become this kind of monster was another mistake that the boys made. Because once he changed other boys started to follow until it was just Ralph and Piggy by themselves and all other boys were in Jack’s tribe. Of course then Piggy was killed.
When he found paint, he put it on his hunters faces, and he put the pigs mask on his face. This represents the unleashing of evil nature. “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood” The blue-white scar was constant, the noise unendurable.
“Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in.” In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies he uses figurative language to create themes of “loss of identity” and “loss of humanity.” In chapter one Ralph and Piggy find a large conch shell. They realize the shell can be used to summon the boys together. Ralph describes the sound made by blowing into the conch as “mooed like a cow.” This type of figurative speech is found throughout Lord of the Flies.
Therefore it is clear that abuse of power causes the destruction of spirituality. Next, symbolism is used in the novel to represent destruction of spirituality due to corruption. Here Roger kills the sow which they hunted in a very unusual/unpleasant way, that it clearly represents fallen spirituality. “Roger found a lodgment for his points and began to push till he was leaning with his whole weight. […] ‘Right up her ass!’ ‘Did you hear?’ ‘Did you hear what he said?’ ‘Right up her ass!’” (Golding 149).
Hoan Truong Mrs. Masters CP English 11 October 28 2011 Purity from Within Good v. evil played as an extremely important theme in both the Beowulf and Grendel text. In Beowulf, Grendel, the mean bloodthirsty monster, obviously represents evil; killing innocent human lives because of his mechanical animalistic behaviors. Beowulf on the other hand was looked up to as a hero. In the human perspective; he was described as strong, courageous hero. In contrast Gardner portrayed Grendel and Beowulf completely different than how Orwell did.
As a society we need each other to retain our humanity. Otherwise we are just a bunch of animals. In the beginning of the story Gilgamesh is very selfish and lustful. He rapes any woman that strikes his fancy, regardless if they are taken or not. The people of Uruk beg the gods to stop him.