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Relinquishing The Ties Of Civilization Essay

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Are we the masters of our destruction? In William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies a group of English school boys crash-land on a marooned island. An underlying motive quickly causes a rift between the boys, an opportunity for rescue passes, chaos bursts into an uproar and lives are lost. A dramatic transformation subconsciously turns the boys into savages, highlighting the defects of human nature as all restrictions of civilization are stripped away, revealing true colours of human nature. This becomes evident when the boys entertain a vote, the hunt for the pig turns from an attempt to a success, hunting prioritizes itself over rescue and the hunting evolves by targeting humans with the ...view middle of the document...

The idea of a pig being killed translates into a reality, which shows that Jack is familiarizing himself with the life of a savage. The meat is not necessary as there is plenty of fruit on the island to sustain life, it shows that Jack has developed a liking for controlling, even killing, something small than him. Jack’s previous attempts at harvesting a pig were defended by his civil being, as Golding notes “They knew very well why he hadn’t: because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood.” (Golding, 41). As time passes, Jack’s anger begins to build, which is observed when “Jack slammed his knife into a trunk and looked round challengingly.” (44). In hopes of shielding from shame and weakness, Jack gives himself a new identity by painting his face, mentioning that “He (Jack) looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger.”(89). “He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling.” (89), Jack harvests the first pig and further develops his savage self. Harry Roberts, a criminal who is jailed for life due to numerous murders, mentions that he “acquired a taste for killing prisoners of war on the orders of his officers” in the army, which is similar to Jack, as he too enjoyed the thrill of the kill, making it a new obsession for him. The first kill opens new doors for evil to sneak through, which grows more perceptible when the priorities shift between Ralph and Jack.
As Jack’s love for hunting increases, he prioritizes his desires over Ralph’s initial goal – rescue. This can be seen when Ralph confronts Jack about how his priorities threw off any chances of the boys on the island being saved. Ralph screams “Come back! Come back!” (95) after he realizes that the fire is not strong and quickly realizes that “They let the bloody fire go out.” (95), where they means Jack and his tribe. Ralph notices the tribe approaching in the distance and waits in anger, as they approach he can hear the boys chanting “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.” (96). This proves that Jack has successfully killed another pig, but in doing so, he jeopardized the chances of the boys being rescued because the hunters that were responsible for the fire had joined Jack in his hunt. Although Jack does apologize for his behaviour towards Piggy, it is clear that even after Ralph mentions the missed rescue opportunity, Jack is pro occupied with the killing of the pig as he willingly refers back to the details of the hunt, saying “You should have seen the blood!” (98). Parents can utilize the fear tactic to instill fear into their children and persuade them into to change their attitudes towards a demand originally set by the parents, which is similar to Jack...

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