William Golding’s Lord of the Flies: Descent into Savagery Essay

Submitted By marissa0201
Words: 454
Pages: 2

Decent into Savagery In William Golding’s deeper concept of society, Lord of the Flies he explains his views of humans themselves. The schoolboys evacuated, because of World War II, start out civilized but soon realize every one of them are savages. Jack progresses from civilized schoolboy into a transformed hunter then into a hungry, bloodthirsty savage. The evil in all of man’s heart arises as they remain on the island. Jack Merridew, Golding’s antagonist, is a little school choir boy with red hair and a black cap to cover it up. He believes that he would be a better leader than Ralph. They are constantly butting heads as Golding’s two main characters. When they first arrive on the island, Jack retrieves his choir boys/hunters and heads out on their expedition. While on their adventure they come across their first chance to hunt, a pig. Jack could not kill it, and “They all knew... why he hadn’t...the enormity of the knife...cutting into living flesh...the unbearable blood.” (Golding 31). At this point of the book, after the hunt, the reader soon comes to the idea that the boys have not yet parted ways with their common ways of living yet. Towards the middle of the book the reader finds out that Jack is starting the transformation into his inner huntsman. For example, the reader adjusts to the fact that Jack wants to kill anything that gets in his way, nothing will stop him. He will hunt and kill whatever gets in his way, and that includes people. As this beast inside of him takes over all he wants to do is kill. “At once the crowd surged after it...leapt onto the beast...struck, bit, tore.” (53). After this mishap, while everyone else is caught up…