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"We've got to have rules and obey them. After all we're not savages"

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"We've got to have rules and obey them. After all we're not savages" By Luke Harris 10R/T When the boys first step on the island they are very civilised; they are all wearing clothes and walking around in groups exploring. Ralph and Piggy then find a conch, and use it to contact the other boys on the island. This moment establishes that the conch symbolises law on the island. Every time the conch is blown all the children come for an assembly. When the first assembly is held, Ralph is voted in as chief, instead of Jack. This frustrates Jack but Ralph consoles him and says that he and his choir can be hunters, and Jack jumps at this opportunity. I think this is the first indication of savagery as everyone is very nervous and afraid, but as soon as Ralph mentions hunting to the choir they are all quite excited. The savagery emerges with "hunting" as "hunting" presents the image of killing. We see the boy's developing excitement of ideas of savagery with this passage, "Jack and Ralph smiled at each other with shy liking. The rest began to talk eagerly." ...read more.


A line from the passage reads, "less a hunter than a furtive thing, ape-like among the tangle of trees." Despite Jack's attempts, he does not kill a pig. He is obsessed with hunting and killing a pig, after his previous embarrassing failure to do so, with Ralph and Simon. "From the pig-run came the quick, hard patter of hoofs, a castanet sound, seductive, maddening-the promise of meat." This desire is clearly overwhelming him. The desire to kill, and thus get meat, must surely come from our days as primitive men, hunting for food. At this stage, Jack's hunting is quite necessary, and so it can hardly be described as 'evil'. However, the lack of available food on the island has driven him to hunting. This is one way in which the island's way of life has influenced and changed him. It is a human instinct, forgotten by most with the dawn of agriculture. It appears that the protective cover of society has been ripped open already, revealing this ability to hunt. As we see, the evil within him modifies Jack into a savage. ...read more.


Humans? Or animals? Or Savages? What's grown-ups going to think? Going off - hunting pigs - letting fires out - and now!" At the end of this meeting Jack gets so annoyed with Ralph that he stands up and screams, "Bollocks to the rules! We're strong - we hunt! If there's a beast, we'll hunt it down! We'll close in and beat and beat and beat..." This shows that Jack has almost hit rock bottom, he believes that everything can be solved by hunting and killing. After this escapade Ralph, Piggy and Simon are all alone and Ralph says that he should give up being the leader and Piggy says, "If Jack was chief he'd have all hunting and no fire. We'd be here until we died." This is another moment in the book when Piggy uses his foresight as represented by his glasses. During these first five chapters Golding shows what is about to happen and what Jack will do with his power and new found cult. It shows how Jack was originally when he came to the island and how he is degenerated into a savage and will eventually drag everyone down with him. BY LUKE HARRIS 10R/T ...read more.

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