Savagery And Innocence In Lord Of The Flies

Decent Essays
Innocence can be lost by ourselves, but it can never be found in ourselves once it is lost. Innocence can be great because life is a dream, but one is naive to the world. Savagery can be great because life is so much fun, but people will fear the savage and run from them. Throughout Lord Of The Flies there are many themes that appear in the book. One of those themes are savagery and innocence. While having savagery and innocence can be great, they can both also be horrible. Throughout this essay the themes of innocence and savagery will be shown in full importance.
Innocence is the thing that protects us from the evils that are in the world. In the beginning of the book, everyone on that island has their innocence, especially the littluns.
…show more content…
Jack is interesting for the fact that he has some innocence and a lot of savagery inside himself. He shows his savagery when he is persisting that everyone goes to hunt because they want meat. The meat can be symbolic of them finally losing all of their innocence through hunting. Roger is interesting, he shows that he is the embodiment of evil and savagery. This is shown in chapter four Roger is seen going to take a swim, but buries flowers, knocks down the sand castles of the littluns and enjoys doing this. Later in the book, it says that Simon willing lets the rock go that kills Piggy, and he enjoys killing him. Roger can be seen as the wingman to Jack, because he is working behind the scenes as the “dirty” man for Jack. Roger is seen as a terror as said by Samneric, “You don’t know Roger. He’s a terror.” And the chief-- they’re both-- terrors-- only Roger--”. He can be seen here as the main person who beat up Samneric to join the tribe. They begin to say that both the tribe leaders are terrors, but realize that Roger is the real villain. Roger’s downfall can be seen when he is kicking the sandcastles down. He was so used to having to be good because of adults watching him, but with no grownups around Roger realizes that he can let his true colors fly without having to deal with the bad consequences of his actions. The Lord Of The Flies can be credited for most of the savagery and evil of the island. It taunts Simon by saying that …show more content…
The main example of this is Jack. Jack is a very innocent person because he takes being on the island as a game and it’s not until the officer comes to the island, he realizes that being on the island wasn’t a game and it dawns upon him that Piggy and Simon are gone because of him. One other person that is like Jack, is Ralph. Ralph is innocent and a savage in the ways that Ralph goes hunting and feels the thrill of getting to hunt and run in the jungle. He wants to join Jack in hunting but he remembers that he needs to help finish the shelters and help keep the fire going. The fire at times can also be a symbol of hope, and even a symbol of innocence. At the beginning of the story, the fires are always big and by the end of the book, Jack’s fire is hardly lit at all and Ralph’s fire is small but gets a bit bigger when samneric remind Ralph that they need to keep the fire going to be rescued. In this it shows that the last little bits innocence that are left, are starting to fade away into the darkness of savagery.
By the end of these series of events, almost everyone leaves the island, but no one leaves the same. Every single one of those boys’ innocence was shot down out of the sky like the beast that samneric saw when they were making sure the fire wouldn’t go out. Nothing in society can help those boys return to normal, because they all lost their innocence and that can never be returned to them.

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Thus the result is Simon's brutal murder by the savages. Also, Golding uses repetition with the phrase “we are going to have fun on this island. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island!” to show that the only thing that can cloak people’s primordial human nature is morals. The other boys see savagery as fun and have no morals, but when the lord of the flies tries to tempt Simon into it, Simon’s morals take over and he rejects it.…

    • 825 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    In the short story, the boys are evil since they have power over their victims. The author realizes this, and becomes the figure of authority in his kids’ lives that prevents them from becoming evil. In Lord of the Flies, the boys become evil due to the lack of authority on the island, and realize how evil they have become when the British naval officer arrives. In Macbeth, Macbeth’s rise to power causes him to turn evil, as the power he gains corrupts him. He is never able to see how evil he has become, and it eventually leads to his death.…

    • 1614 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    I tell you smoke is more important than the pig, however often you kill one…’” (Golding 86-87). Ralph is frustrated by Jack and his hunters because they are not performing one of their primary duties, creating a signal fire and sustaining it. Ralph knows that keeping a signal fire going is their only hope at rescue, but Jack and the other boys do not share his same mentality. They seem to have forgotten all about rescue. They lost their focus and made hunting their priority, but Ralph is ready to re-focus them back on the significance of keeping the fire alight.…

    • 1429 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    What gives jack power is that he has most of the boys and ralph only has two on his side, and that can be kind of intimidating because they can steal things from ralph and ralph cant do nothing because he can end up killed. Jack is a pretty good manipulator because he made all of the boys who are stuck on the island go on his team because he is saying that he’ll give them food and shelter and ect. and i think that 's why most of them went also because jack called ralph a wimp because he doesn 't wanna hunt and can make everyone turn against each other, but not good enough to be a good leader on the…

    • 1012 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    In man’s originally state, war absent, possessions were not idolized, and desires were easily controlled thus proving our intentions were for good. Everyone was not given an equal amount of talents amongst each other and therefore there is inequality within us (http://www.quebecoislibre.org/). In The Lord of the Flies, it could be argued that the island corrupted the boys instead of vice versa. The wildness, vastness, and even the idea of a world war occurring at the time could easily lead astray innocent children stranded on an island. Each boy was fighting their own war within themselves and with each other due to the unfair advantages between them.…

    • 1534 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Whenever Jack saw a pig(noun clause), he needed to kill it to show off his power to everyone. To kill(infinitive phrase) something is very intense for these young British boys. A ship went by and Ralph noticed there was no smoke to signal the ship over. Once Ralph realized this, he said to himself in an angry tone, “they let the bloody fire go out.” This is Ralph attempting to make civilization but Jack not listening to him and creating savagery. Jack got tired of this and made a new tribe that had painted faces and weird dancing.…

    • 1254 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This proves that Jack has been exposed to the wilderness and deprived of society so much that, he has been able to exercise his ability as a hunter frequently and successfully apply his skills while enjoying the killing process. After Jack kills the pig, he has blood on his hands and plays with it; this demonstrates his bloodthirstiness and his sadistic mind because he enjoyed the messy death and reveled in the power. Thirdly, near the end of the novel, Jack completely loses his civil upbringing and develops animalistic rage. For example, Ralph trying to control Jack, so Jack demands that Ralph is exiled, and then later Jack plans Ralph’s death: “What could [Jack and his hunters] do? Beat [Ralph]?…

    • 1372 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Ralph can easily be described as the protagonist of the novel. As the leader in the beginning of the story, Ralph constantly reminds the boys of their primary goal, which is to be rescued. When Ralph becomes frustrated with the attitudes of the other boys, he reprimands, “I was chief, and you were going to do what I said. You talk. But you can 't even build huts--then you go off hunting and let out the fire--” (Golding 54).…

    • 2296 Words
    • 10 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Instead of an experience similar to Coral Island, the boys find the terrain to be savage and unforgiving, morphing the boys into fragments of their original self. Ralph is immediately elected leader of the tribe, leaving Jack, the other candidate, powerless. However, he constantly defies Ralph’s (the leader) guidelines and annihilates the one piece of civilization they boys have left, the conch. Even though Jack is an adroit leader, he is an arrogant…

    • 1174 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Jack said “And the next thing Ralph said my hunters are no good... He isn 't a proper chief.” Jack tries to trick and brainwash the boys into believing that Ralph is the bad guy. The boys look up to Jack as the lead hunter in trust him. Jack uses their love for him as a tool to gain control of the whole island. He tells the boys lies about Ralph and piggy to get the boys on his side.…

    • 2069 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Decent Essays