This shows his intelligence, because this is exactly what the boys need: fun to counteract the fear of the beast, and meat to avoid being hungry. However, his need of power often blinds his intelligence. For instance, he doesn’t realize that by setting the whole island on fire to eliminate the last element of opposition to his dictatorship - Ralph -, he’s committing suicide, as there won’t be any food more for them to eat. The opposition between Jack and Ralph can be noticed throughout the book. Whereas Ralph wants to be rescued as soon as
Through the novel, Golding demonstrates that rules are essential to keep people from becoming savage and to maintain order in society. Although some might still defend civilization and follow their morals without concrete rules, the majority, that have returned to their savage instincts, eventually annihilates them. A character that becomes savage with the absence of rules is Roger. The reader learns about his malicious nature early in the novel, when he throws stones at Henry. Although he wants to hit him, he always aims to miss because he still has vivid memories of “the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law” and he feels that there might be consequences for such actions (62).
This shows that Jack still has the pressure of civilisation and rules from when he was in England. It shows that the boys could not because of the ‘unbearable blood’. This still shows that they are only children deserted on an island. It is not long until Jack kills and spills the blood of a pig and from that moment Jack can bring himself to kill anything. This portrays an image that once the evil inside is let out, it grows and
This is the first sign that the boys are becoming savages, especially Jack, as he proclaims that “if there was a snake we’d hunt it and kill it”. In doing this, he agrees with Ralph in saying that the beast doesn’t exist, but at the same time increases speculation that there may be a beast. We also learn that Jack wants to hunt more than anything else, and this stays with him throughout the novel as the boys become more savage. We then learn that maybe the biguns are disturbed by the prospect of a beast on the island. Simon first brings in the idea that “as if this wasn’t a good island” and then carries on to say “as if you’re not hunting, but- being hunted”.
They no longer act like English schoolboys who are the best at everything, but like savages. There is irony in Piggy’s name. “They used to call me Piggy” (page2) The boys hunt, kill and eat pigs on the island. Not only do they kill the pigs, they enjoy it tremendously. Piggy’s name suggests that he will be a victim of the beast.
This makes the speech much more personal towards the animals as it makes it easier for them relate to because part of the speech is directed at them. The second idea is that man is a threat, not just to the wellbeing of the animals but to their very lives as ‘no animal escapes the cruel knife in the end’. The hens’ eggs do not hatch into chickens, the pigs will “scream” their lives out at the block, when boxer’s muscles give out he will be sent to the knackers and when the dogs grow old ‘jones tires a brick round their necks and drowns them’. This idea is threatening towards the animals which gives them one more reason to agree to the revolution as they would feel threatened an uneasy if they did nothing to prevent their fate that the old
Ralph by being a civilized leader that put rules labors so they can survive. Jack by being the degradation of civilization, he began by following Ralph’s rules and contribute by forming a group of hunters so they can eat, but then he began to disobey them and form a tribe of hunters that actually was a group of savage Indians. Piggy by being mature represented the intellectual and reasonable part by telling the kids what is happening, to wake them up and make them think. And Simon helped everyone in the group and talked about the part in humans by talking to the “Lord of the Flies”, that is the head of a sow that is buried into the ground and it was named like that because it was surrounded by flies; the Lord of the Flies represents Beelzebub (the devil). Simon represented Jesus that was the man that helped people and talks about evil that is inside us, that
We’ll have to have ‘Hands up’ like at school. Then I’ll give him the conch (33).” This signifies that whoever has the conch has the right to speak without being interrupted. The conch has the power to call an assembly. Where the conch is at, is where the assembly will take place. This is why it is abused and disrespected later on when some of the kids want to hold higher power.
His leadership skills are seen by Ralph even though he isn't as old as Ralph and Jack. He is the first person to realise that "the beastie" is not a physical being/animal trying to make all the boys on the island suffer and have a miserable time. Simon shows his courage by his eagerness to make yet another journey to discover the beast's true self. It is necessary for him to become isolated in order to see things more clearly. Along with Piggy, unfortunately, he becomes a symbol of sacrifice when the boys tear him to pieces.
It takes courage to earn power to become a leader. George Orwell’s purpose in Animal Farm is that cleverer ones are the one with power but can always start to become greedier and greedier which would build to corruption. But it is you giving enabling someone to control you such as Old Major’s speech. “We are born, we are given just so much food as will keep the breath in our bodies, and those of us who are capable of it are forced to work to the last atom of our strength; and the very instant that our usefulness has come to an end we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty (Orwell 3).” What this quote points out is that you are the one who has power over everything and when you are ‘slaughtered with hideous cruelty’ it is you giving others the power to control you. Since the pigs were the ‘brainworkers’, they start to gain more and more power subsequently through leadership which then corrupts them.