Savagery In Lord Of The Flies

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“There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs” (Martin 270). Jack, one of the boys who is helpless after the crashing of their plane, embraces his inner beast in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies in such a way that it affects his fellow survivors and all of the boys’ resolve to stay true to the humanity they have. Jack, the Devil Figure in this novel, expresses a life lesson about the slope to savagery through his devolution on a indigenous island.
In chapters one and two of of this novel, Jack, who shows up at the sound of the conch, exposes his overwhelming arrogant tendencies. As soon as Ralph suggests the electing of a leader, Jack jumps on the chance to exhibit his "chapter chorister and head boy" status (Golding 22). The spectacle Jack tries to create over his standings in life off of the island express his great egotism. Later, after Jack tries and fails to kill the pig, he "snatche[s] his knife and slam[s]" it into a tree (Golding 31).
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When Jack, Ralph, and Simon are chasing the piglet, Jack gets the chance to kill the small creature, but when Jack is unable to convince himself to take its life, he vows that there will “be no mercy” next time (Golding 31). This proves that malice grows when society is absent because even after a short time Jack is showing signs of incredible wildness and is allowing himself to become even more wild, though when taken into consideration that people put in “nature quickly revert to [the] evil” ways of human nature, the change makes sense (Carter). Thereafter, Jack chases a pig that “r[uns] away and ma[kes] an awful noise” before the boys, with Jack leading, run after the animal and kill it (Golding 74). This demonstrates Jack’s greater release of his inner savage because not only is

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