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In what ways does Golding make this such an important moment in the novel? Lord of the flies.

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In what ways does Golding make this such an important moment in the novel? Lord of the flies focuses mainly on the corruption and inherent evil of humanity. Ralph, Jack and Simon are, in some ways, stereotypes of different aspects of human nature. Ralph is the obvious candidate for 'chief' of the island, as he is of just nature and a commanding presence. We are also told that 'there was a stillness about Ralph' that encourages the boys to elect him as their chief. Jack represents the darker side of humanity. Jack is not long in severing any links with civilisation. He heeds his savage, pre-historic instincts, and becomes 'dog-like...on all fours...nose only a few inches from the humid earth.' He is like an animal, his sole desire being to 'kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.' He enjoys the act of killing, announcing proudly that he "had a smashing time...I cut the pig's throat." He laughingly adds that "there was lashings of blood every where...you should have seen it!" ...read more.

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The game soon ceases to playful, as Robert's 'mock terror' turns to pain. The others are seized with a desire to "Kill him! Kill him!" uncaring of the fact that Robert is human, one of them, and not a pig. 'Robert was screaming and struggling', yet he ceases to become a person and is now merely an object by which their thirst to kill might be quenched. Jack 'was brandishing his knife...Ralph was fighting...to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh...the desire...to hurt was over-mastering", Golding causes this to be important incident in the novel, the beginnings of a full realisation of Simon's belief that "maybe there is a beast...maybe it's only us," is not a comment to be jeered at, for it is a frightening comprehension of reality. Robert escapes with a few, physical injuries, crying out, in an effort to lighten to the situation "Oh, my bum!" Ralph tries to convince that it was "just a game", like 'rugger'. This uneasiness is justified when the boys discuss methods of improving their 'game'. ...read more.

Conclusion

The boys do not care for the adventure of the hunt. They want only the exhilaration of killing, the sight of the blood and the joy of controlling the existence of another being. In order for a pig to be killed, it must first be found. The hassle of a search can be avoided by substituting the pig with a human. It is almost inevitable that the boys gratify their lust with human blood, perhaps with the blood of a 'littlun'. The 'game' is a horrifying example of how evil humanity can be. The dark side of human nature thinks nothing of killing a friend. We are shocked by Ralph's longing to cause pain, Jack's desire to stab Robert with his knife and Roger 'fighting to get close'. But the thing that frightens us the most is the fact that this is not a figment of Golding's imagination, Ralph, Jack and the other islanders are not irrelevant fiction, for human kind is capable of great evil. I feel that the passage in the book is disturbing because it shows us how horrifyingly able we are to be unfeeling and cruel. Joelaine Fitch 10L ...read more.

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