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CHAPTER 10 Lord of the Flies analysis

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Introduction

This chapter is a sort of aftermath of the murder of Simon. Jack establishes what he calls as his Kingdom in Castle Rock. In stark contrast a rather somber crowd that involves Piggy, Ralph and the twins regret their animalistic and primordial reaction of the previous night. These two situations are highly contrasted to bring out the fact that evil has convincingly presided over the island. The sole significance of the chapter lies in the way Jack consolidates his power and authority as Chief and does all he can to instill fear in the mind of other. Jack's robbery of the only hope of rescue on the island just indicates the total swipe of civilization in the society. Jack makes it clear that he does not want to be rescued and would rather live here and create terror and horror on the island. First of all we must realize the situation that the boys have plunged themselves to by the murder of a honest and innocent boy. There are two reactions that may be provoked with the experience of the witnessing of murder or having done the murder yourself. One is of deep regret and physiological troubling; the other reaction is of supreme pride and the wanting to implicate more horror. ...read more.

Middle

Bonding between Ralph, Piggy, and the twins take place as they all share the same thought that what happened last night was regretful and unspeakable. A couple of littluns are also left but we realize that no one regards them as useful. There is an invisible line between the big boys and the littluns. They have their own life and mind their own business, but as we saw the night before even they are capable of savage dealing. Juxtaposed with this somber, regretful, and hopeless situation is one of intimidating brutality. We already see the stark contrast of the area in which the two situations are placed. One is near the beach with constant supply for food and fresh water, with shelters to sleep in. The other situation is located near on Castle Rock which is a good place for a fort, for protection, and gives Jack the opportunity to establish his kingdom. The choice of location made by Jack give us the idea that he emphasizes on protecting himself from the beast rather than food and fresh water or shelter. We see that Jack attains a sort of dictatorship type of government. From the starting he indulges in acts of violence to consolidate his Kingdom. ...read more.

Conclusion

He forgets why they need the fire. "Ralph tried to remember. There was something good of the fire." As darkness enveloped around we are exposed to the desperate feelings of the boys to go back home. The twins remark truth as they say that being captured by the reds is better than by Jack. Golding has taken us back to a wider view of the theme. Just as the savagery and evil prevails on the island, outside it too the same savagery is present in the outside world. Jack and his hunters express their brutality in the ultimate act of violence. They invade the shelters, put what little fire was left and viciously attack the four boys. This supreme act of violence indicates the power of Jack and his hunters or rather the Chief and his savages on the island. We also see the real character behind Jack. His wanting for consolidating for power might provoke him to do anything. Jack's action of stealing Piggy's glasses indicates that the savages have completely lost all sign of civilization. More than that we must realize that they have stolen something precious from Ralph and his group. Piggy's glasses symbolized the fire, and their only hope to being rescued. It symbolized pure intellect and civilization. With this significant symbol of civilization diminished it is only a matter of time before the conch too is terminated. ...read more.

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