Clamity In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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Throughout history, the human race has responded to calamities or hard times by reverting back to more barbaric and primitive roots. For example, when there is a mob of people in an emergency situation it sometimes results in people getting trampled. William Golding exemplifies this occurrence in Lord of the Flies with the use of his characters and their actions. For instance, the author shows the boys using Robert as a pig, and Jack becoming more obsessed with the pig and later killing the sow. Other examples that support this statement is the death of Piggy, Roger torturing the twins. The last case that supports this thesis is when the other boys are trying to kill Ralph and how Ralph reverts back to thinking and acting like an animal. In …show more content…
The first two times Jack kills the pig it is not descriptive and is vague. Later on in the book Jack chooses a nursing sow to become his next prey. At this point the scene of the killing of the sow is very graphic and it goes in depth about how Jack and the other boys are chasing it down, digging their spears into it, and shouting after it. This indicates that Jack is becoming more barbaric, primitive and uncivil because his thoughts are becoming more dominated with the thought of hunting and slaughtering a pig for the boys’ other boys on the island to …show more content…
This is an example of the boys falling into anarchy and savagery in response to being stranded and left to self-govern each other with no rules. First of all, Jack commanded the other boys to commit murder by telling them to go kill Ralph, this shows how savage and uncivil Jack is being because it is usually against the law to murder someone in a civil world. Also, all the boys obey Jack’s request to hunt down and kill Ralph. Moreover, when the boys first rolled the rock down the mountain to try and kill Ralph, the boys started cheering after the rock had hit the ground. In the novel, the author also says that some of the boys were sniggering before setting the bush that Ralph was hiding in

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