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Fierce Scorpions Essay

1159 words - 5 pages

The Schoolboys Versus The Island
When your life is on the line and you are threatened, some of you human instincts will take over. In the next couple paragraphs you will see how the boys on the island express their survival skills against nature, deal with their surroundings and how it reflects their character, and how they evolve and adapt to their isolated world. But maybe most of all just being a little lucky and being the most fit for the environment. When it comes down to it, you will do whatever necessary to survive.
When you are in the wild, you do whatever you can to survive. It is all about survival of the fittest. Especially if there are no rules like in the book. This shows a lot between Jack and Ralph. It seems pretty obvious that Jack is more fit to survive in the natural environment. He adapts to hunting and killing to survive. He says about hunting "We could steal up on one - paint our faces so they wouldn't see - perhaps surround them and then -" (Golding 54). Jack explains his plan to hunt for meat to Ralph. The need for meat to survive was important to Jack. On the other hand Ralph says "They might have seen us. We might have gone home -" (Golding 70). Ralph is angry Jack let the fire go out when a ship went past. With the smoke, the ship may have seen them and taken them off the island. This shows Jack's survival skill, needing to eat, against Ralph's want to get back home, out of the wild. Rogar is also very fit for a natural world. He cares about himself and what is good for him. Like during the confrontation when it says “High overhead, Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever” (Golding 180). Roger does this to release the boulder towards Ralph, Piggy and Samneric. This showed how he was willing to kill other people for his best interest. This shows that survival of the fittest is not worrying about consequences but doing the best for yourself.
The novel also deals with how the boys individually handle their natural world, the island. The boys different attitudes towards their environment reflect their distinct personalities; Jack conquers nature, Simon finds peace in nature, and Ralph submits to nature. Jack displays the side of man in which humanity takes over and violently destroys nature. He blends in with his environment by putting clay on his face, “He rubbed the charcoal stick between the patches of red and white on his face” (Golding - 63). This demonstrates that he has outsmarted the island. Jack also scorches the forest near the end of the book, “Behind him, the whole island was shuddering with flame” (Golding - 201). This incident reflects his deepening contempt for nature and demonstrate his violent character. Jack also resides on Castle Rock, the highest point on the island. Jack living above everything else symbolizes that he is omnipotent. Simon manifests the part of man that is at one with the world. Simon refuses to eat the meat of the pig Jack killed, “Simon,...

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