Evil And Savagery In The Lord Of The Flies

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The dead parachutist shows that evil and savagery leads to the fall of man. In chapter six, the boys are hoping for a sign from civilization that would be helpful. However, the sign is “a figure that h[angs] with dangling limbs.” (95) He falls because of a “bright explosion” (95) in the sky, which indicates that war is still going on. It shows savagery and evil in action. The “beast” creates a body for warfare, which leads to bloodshed and countless deaths. The war is reflective of the primitive side that leads to the war on the island. It foreshadows the rise of savages that will wipe out all who defies it. According to eNotes, not only does it show a man that is literally falling, but it is also representative of Lucifer’s fall from heaven. …show more content…
The hunters have found a mother pig nursing her piglets. They target the mother and are able to get two spears stuck into her flank, but she escapes. The sow leaves a trail of blood. Golding says, “[They] [w]edded to her in lust” (135) and were “excited by the long chase and the dropped blood.” (135) The boys’ mind is captivated by the blood and they have forgotten their real purpose. It is no longer for survival. It is for fun. They eventually catch up to the sow and “she spurt[s] with her last strength.” (135) The extension in time shows how evil they are because of how much pain they put the pig through. They are not only savage because they are doing this for their bloodlust, but also because they are killing the mother and lessening their chances of survival. The boys are not satisfied yet. Roger pokes with his spear “whenever pigflesh appear[s]” (135) and Jack, who is on top of the pig, “stab[s] downward with his knife.” (135) Finally, Jack cuts the pig’s throat and blood splatters all over his hand. They “giggled” (135) and laughed at Jack’s “reeking palms.” (135) Then, Jack smears the blood all over the boy named Maurice. It asserts how the boys genuinely think torturing is fun and games. In addition, another boy named Robert mentions that Roger shoves the spear “[r]ight up [the sow’s] ass!” which was “received uproariously.” This emphasizes the insane evil …show more content…
Jack and the boys are dancing and miming the killing of the pig. Simon, who is exhausted, stumbles into the empty center of the dance and says “something about a dead man on the hill.” (152) He wants to tell them that there is no “beast,” but the evil and savagery has completely consumed the boys and they do not listen to him. (152) Ironically, the boys think that Simon is the “beast.” The chant changes from “kill the pig” to “[k]ill the beast.” (152) Also, it adds “[d]o him in!” in the chant on the fifth iteration, which is connected to the sow head’s statement to Simon. The sow’s head, which was the boy’s offering, is a physical manifestation of the “beast” that foreshadows the death of Simon. Simon hallucinates and the sow’s head tells him, “Jack and Roger and Maurice and Robert and Bill and Piggy and Ralph [will] [d]o you.” (144) This parallel between the chant and the sow head’s statement emphasizes how the boys have become the “beast.” It completely dominates the boys’ mind and body and the evil and savagery rages onto Simon. The boys begin to “scream, strike, bite, and tear” (153) like animals which shows their savagery. Ralph and Piggy and Samneric join into the dance which underline how the “beast” is in everyone, even those who try their hardest to abide by the laws and norm of civilization. In fact, the “beast” evolves so much within them that they end up killing

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