Savagery Lord Of The Flies Quote Analysis

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"This was a savage whose image refused to blend with that ancient picture of a boy in shorts and shirt" (Golding, 169). This quote is from the novel Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding; Golding said that the boys looked and acted like savages and were no longer the tidy boys they once were. Lord of the Flies is about a group of English boys, ages 6 to 12, whose plane was shot down while transporting them to safety during an atomic war. The children were left on an unpopulated island where they had to use the natural resources provided for them and their own skills to survive. Within a short time, the rule of reason is overthrown and the survivors regress to savagery, which can be easily seen throughout their hunts. The first hunt…show more content…
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). Finally, they caught up to the pig, and "Roger ran round the heap, prodding with his spear whenever pig flesh appeared. Jack was on top of the sow stabbing downward with his knife...Then Jack found the throat and the hot blood spouted over his hands...He giggled and flicked them while the boys laughed at his reeking palms" (Golding, 125). Jack then started to "lug out the hot bags of colored guts" (Golding, 126). This is an example of how savage the boys had truly become. The turpitude that the boys possessed during this hunt shows how the evil in them had taken oven. Later, Jack told the boys that they would offer the head as a sacrifice to the beast of the island. He told them to "sharpen a stick at both he stood up, holding the dripping sow's head in his hands... and jammed the soft throat down on the pointed end of the stick" (Golding, 126). The ability of Jack to perform this atrocious act shows his complete digression from propriety to absolute
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