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Introduction

Karli Postel Mrs. Benkert English H. Sec. 6 Nov. 2006 Analysis of Savagery "Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood" (Golding 58). The chant of Jack and his hunters shows their initial savagery once arriving on the island. Jack began as a proper English boy, who was the leader of a choir group. Throughout his stay on the island, Jack evolves into a more savage creature: hunting and killing pigs, torturing them, and eventually murdering human beings. His sense of civility is lost with the longer he stays on the island. Jack becomes power corrupted and enjoys being in command. Through a series of hunts and the formation of a mask, Jack becomes more savage and allows himself to murder. After arriving on the island, Jack takes immediate control over his choir group and forces them to obey his rules. He wishes to be chief, but Ralph is voted in the position of power instead. ...read more.

Middle

The first three hunts show Jack's move from civility toward savagery, but he has not reached the full point of savagery yet. Therefore, some innocence still remains within Jack, showing that parts of his old life still remain. Over the next three hunts, Jack transforms into a complete savage: feeling no responsibility, guilt, or sense of morality. This change allows him to be able to murder without remorse or regret. In the fourth hunt, the boys attack and kill a sow. This hunt differs from the others in the way that the boys are no longer hunting for food, but for pleasure. Also, Jack and Roger not only kill the sow, but they torture her, taking satisfaction in her pain. During the fifth hunt, Simon is mocked, attacked, and murdered. It is an important event that shows the "unbridled impulses of the human heart" (Mueller 247). The sixth and final hunt is a search for Ralph. ...read more.

Conclusion

The mask allowed Jack and the boys to be savage without regret or repentance. It "compelled them" (Golding 53) to do actions that they would not have done in society. Jack's mask allowed for him and the other boys to turn savage and hide their fears and insecurities. Over the series of six hunts, Jack becomes increasingly more savage. At the beginning of the novel, Jack's innocence and civility are shown through his actions, such as his refraining from killing the piglet. He undertakes a transformation over the next few hunts allowing him to become infatuated with blood. He next creates a mask to hide the old, civil Jack behind and let the new savage, carefree person he has become show. The last three hunts provide the reader with real insight into how the boys have lost their sense of society and rules. Jack and the boys have crossed over into savagery, allowing them to commit terrible acts, including murder. Golding's novel shows the desires of the human heart when left with no form of society or government. ?? ?? ?? ?? Postel 1 ...read more.

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