Savage Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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What does it take to change from civilized to savage? People can change from civilized to savage in an instant. In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding there are quite a few examples. Over the time the boys were on the island they turned from civilized little English boys into total savages. William Golding uses a few symbols such as the beast, hunting, and the conch to show the change from civilized to savage in the boys. William Golding uses the beast to symbolize the boys becoming savage. The beast is the idea of a monster or animal that is on the same island as them, like being trapped in a cage with a lion. No escape. It shows that when people are scared they will do crazy things. The fear of the beast was slowly causing the…show more content…
The boys aren’t mature enough to realize that they are stuck on an island, nobody knows where they are, and they are probably going to die there. All the boys other than Ralph, Piggy, and Simon are completely oblivious to the fact that they need to be rescued, or they will die. All the others care about is having fun, hunting, and acting like a little tribe of savages. Hunting is what’s most important to most of the boys. If Jack and his hunters would have been taking care of all of their responsibilities instead of just hunting all day, if they would have just been watching the fire they could have gotten off the island before anybody could get hurt, before it was a game of life and death. Hunting continually distracts the boys from their responsibilities, and it distracts them from what should be their main priority, getting off of the island. “‘There was a ship.’… Ralph brought his arm down, fist clenched, and his voice shook. ‘There was a ship. Out there. You said you would keep the fire going and you let it out!’ He took a step towards Jack, who turned and faced him ‘They might have seen us. We might have gone home-‘... ‘You and your blood Jack Merridew! You and your hunting! We might have gone home-‘” (Golding p. 91) Jack is completely oblivious to the fact that it is completely his fault they didn’t get rescued that day, all he can think to say is “we need meat.” If he would have done…show more content…
At first the conch was what brought the boys together, and it was what made them vote for Ralph to be chief. Everybody was perfectly fine and happy with Ralph as their leader until Jack started challenging his authority. Jack caused everybody to drift away from the civilization associated with Ralph and the conch, and push them towards the savageness associated with the beast and the “fun” of hunting and killing. ”’Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things.’… This toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch…’Him with the shell.’…’Let him be chief, with the trumpet thing.’” (Golding p. 24) Everybody voted Ralph for chief, other than Jack and the choir. The only reason they voted for Ralph was because he had the conch. This shows how important the conch was to all the kids at first, but as the boys became more and more savage the conch started to be worthless to them, along with civilization and order. The conch was originally a powerful symbol of civilization and leadership, but the boys stopped caring about it, so they stopped caring about the last bit of civilization they still had. There was still a small sense of civilization left in all the children that kept that kept them from becoming total savages. But that was lost when Roger killed Piggy and destroyed the conch. “The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee, the conch exploded into a million white fragments and ceased to exist.
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