Lord Of The Flies Savagery Theme Analysis

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The desire for power, lack of civilization and violent actions all leads to the loss of innocence which results in savagery. The author of Lord of the Flies, William Goldberg, focus on the main theme, savagery, because it plays a big role in the way the boys behave trapped in the island. They do not understand what it is like being in an unknown premises without any adult presence. As Ralph tries to civilize the boys by establishing rules, the demanding Jack removes himself away from Ralph’s rule and establishes his own set of regulation—killing pigs. When the boys become attractive towards Jack’s regulation, they leave Ralph’s civilization to join Jack’s new group. From there, the boys are accustomed to the savage behavior of killing pigs and traumatizing other boys. The practical killings of pigs soon turn into the manslaughter of human beings. Towards the end of the novel, the boys can no longer return to their stage of innocence, as they already become savages themselves. First, the savage behavior among the boys starts when …show more content…
“High overhead, Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever….The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee;.... Piggy, saying nothing,...traveled through the air sideways of the rock...His head opened and stuff came out and turned red. Piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig’s after it has been killed.” (Golding 180-181). Roger wants to be like Jack and acknowledges that civilization does not exist in himself anymore. He wants to prove that he is superior and control who lives and who dies. Also, “Evil thus is an active constituent of human nature..., it is evidence of free will activity.” ( Thapliyal 89). Evil only exist in human beings if they are free to do whatever they want and they want to take control. The act of free will makes Roger prone to evil because he kills Ralph for no rational

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