There were no words, no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws” (141). In this quote, it makes them seem like they are becoming animals and insane. It shows the boys’ inner evil. They all think they’re doing the right thing because they think Simon’s the beast, but really they are brutally murdering one of their members and
The boys create the beastie as a scapegoat for the evil and fear that plagued them while on the island. They reason the evil they suffer could only be from this higher power ‘the beastie’. Some of the boys believe fully in the existence of ‘the beastie’; while others such as Piggy, a stout boy, with a scientific train of thought, argue, “Course there isn’t a beast in the forest. How could there be? What would a beast eat?” “Pig.” “We eat pig!”(83).
The head of the pig was on a spear as an “offering” to the beast. Close the end of the novel, it is obvious that there is no hope for the boys to be innocent again. They were trying to kill each and also, some got killed. In chapter 11, Roger rolled a boulder down a hill during a feud and killed piggy. In chapter 10, Simon tries to tell the other boys that the real beast is their own selves, while at the same time they are screaming, "Kill the beast!
However, by the end of the novel when the conch shell breaks at a confrontation between Jack and Ralp, this exemplifies the complete loss of order and democracy. Simon liked to have time by himself to avoid the bickering between the other boys. Simon found a clearing away from everyone else and eventually stumbled across the beast that everyone in the tribe was so terrified by. Simon ran to tell the tribe that the beast was just a dead parachutist. However, while Simon was trying to explain that the beast was not real he was mistaken for the beast.
Deep inside every person lurks a savage and dark side. However, if never pushed to the brink of mental capacity and catastrophe, this darkness might never be seen. In William Golding’s Lord Of the Flies, the reader witnesses young boys brought to an untamed island, and they soon become very untamed themselves. Proof of this is found when the more fearful the boys become of the beast, the more savage they become. Also, they turn off their emotions, allowing them to kill their old friends and acquaintances.
He beats him, he throws pomegranates at him, he is no longer willing to be his friend even though that is the only thing in the world Hassan wants and needs after his horrific experience. The final act of betrayal was when he framed Hassan for stealing the watch and money to drive him away from his home. Ali and Hassan decide to leave after that. As life goes on everyone but Baba learns what happened to Hassan. Amir’s betrayal acts were all caused because of his
Through the story, we see the boys loose their ability to stay civil and an example is, “The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist” (181). This shows that as the boys started to become savage, they lost all their ability to be civil. Also, since Piggy still believed in the good and civility in people, when he died and the conch broke, we could see that they lost all touch to their past, civil lives. As the boys become more savage, they start becoming what they feared most, the Beastie. To the boys, the Beastie is portrayed as a wild beast that they must hunt down and is a higher power, but what the beast symbolizes is the human reaction to fear.
He continuously said, “But there isn’t a beastie!” It was until he saw the ‘beast’ he believed. But really, he just let his fear take over like the other boys. When describing the beast’s appearance to Piggy, he said, “The beast had teeth and big black eyes.” What the boys saw was a dead parachutist who looks nothing like that portrayal. The beast is just their fear and that’s what overtook Ralph in that moment. He was controlled by his fear and savagery once again when he was at the feast and participates in the killing of Simon.
There is tension that is built up during the survival of the boys on the island: tension between social responsibility and individual needs, tension between rational and emotional reactions and tension between mortality and immortality. These tensions contribute to the disintegration of order as the boys begin to lose control because Golding shows that the savagery inside them is instinct and everyone is born with evil inside them. Golding uses a variety of techniques to portray the disintegration of order. In the novel, he uses hunting and violence as one of the main themes to convey the boys as savages. There are six main hunts shown and as the hunting proceeds the boys lose their identity as the little children in England.
* On the other end of the social system would be savagery, the total breakdown of the social system leaving the majority in serious danger. | When did the boys start to become savage? | - Jack is the first one who becomes savage he goes hysterical over killing a pig. - They boys suddenly painted their faces thinking they would become a true hunter. - The boys split into two tribes , one civilized and the other uncivilized.