Lord of the Flies-Regression to an Animal
Barbaric Kid Lord of the Flies is an unique composed by William Golding. It was written “to trace the defects of society back to the flaws of human nature.” William Golding does so through importance start with the plane crash, representing the decay of the outside world. He then follows through with an attempt at rebuilding a society on a deserted island where its only inhabitants are a group of kids.
A few of the most crucial characters in the novel are Ralph who acts impulsively towards several decisions that in due course end in failure, Jack who is the head choir kid at the school he attends and lives to follow rules, Piggy a smart boy who believes things through before doing them, Simon the most mature young boy on the island, and Roger who is a quiet and violent boy. Sir William Golding utilizes the kids’ submission to evil when not governed by guidelines, the regressive habits of man, and the loss of identity to reveal that man is an animal. Lord of the Flies begins without violence and concludes with violence as a way of living for the boys. Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to capture and hurt was over-mastering” (Golding 114,115). In this quote, Ralph, one of the stranded kids, is engulfed with aggressiveness and is taking the reenactment of eliminating the pig to a much more frightening height, launching aggression– not due to the fact that he wants to, but since he is regressing back to that evolutionary period. A comparable experience occurs when the kids beat Simon to death. Simon is the only character who appears to know that they are the monster, and in trying to prove it, he is killed. At once the crowd rose after it, put down the rock, jumped on to the monster, yelled, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements however the tearing of teeth and claws” (Golding 153). Simon has now ended up being “it” and though they realize it is Simon, they are conquered with such a powerful urge to hurt that they can not stop clawing and tearing at him. The imagery (“teeth and claws”) supplies proof that the kids are revealing animalistic habits and rapidly falling back because of an absence of civilization and rules. The Garden of Eden that the island started out as soon becomes a symbol of death and eterioration. In addition, to reveal that male’s vital self is an animal; Lord of the Flies utilizes the regressive actions of the boys’ to the point of murder as a loss of innocence. The biggest hit to their innocence is the manslaughter of Simon. There are obviously fantastic levels of refutation until Piggy holds Simon liable for his own murder, saying that “he had actually asked for it” (Golding 157). Another point in the story that takes a substantial step in degeneration is when Jack ties Wilfred up and publicly beats him. Since the boys have actually regressed up until now, nearly anything is appropriate on the island
Percival Wemys Madison is a character in which atavistic habits is unmistakably clear, regardless of the fact that he is not discussed very frequently. “Percival Wemys Madison. The Vicarage, Harcourt St., Anthony, Hants, telephone, telephone, tele-” (Golding 86). He is one of the smaller sized kids, who, when introducing himself, gives all of his information, however after being on the island for so long, can not remember his telephone number. This occasion is paralleled at the end of the novel, where Percival can only say, “I’m, I’m–“(Golding 201). Jack’s atavistic qualities are shown through his liberal usage of penalty.
In the beginning of the story, Jack believes in guidelines and absolute obedience. However, approaching the middle and the end of the novel, he starts punishing insensitively. However, of all the characters in the story, Roger’s regression is the most dramatic, because he starts by tossing rocks at a little young boy, intending to miss out on. He has been trained by civilization to follow the rules and not to harm others, no matter how much he wants to. However, after being on the island for such a long period of time without anybody to penalize Roger for breaking the guidelines he quickly launches his aggressiveness and eliminates Piggy without hesitation. Below him Ralph was a shock of hair and Piggy a bag of fat.” (Golding 180). The murder is a result of Roger’s objectification of Piggy, causing Piggy to lose his identity while doing so. If Roger can regress to murder why not everybody? In addition to the use of regressive actions of the characters, Lord of the Flies also utilizes the loss of identity to reveal guy is an animal. “The chief stated no more but looked down at Samneric.” (Golding 182). Jack has actually now become “the chief” and both Sam and Eric have actually become referred to as one person. Besides telling Jack to let go of them, the young boys do not protest against becoming part of Jack’s group.
They for that reason lose their identities which is easily similar to an animal who can not safeguard itself. Jack has constantly been the leader of someone and feels powerful when he can tell somebody what to do and when Jack ends up being chief of the majority of the older boys in chapter 8 he becomes more of a totalitarian than a leader by revealing an authoritarian power. Lord of the Flies is a timeless book that shows guy’s vital illness is the regression to animalistic habits when not governed by guidelines. Even the highest power must have guidelines or they will end up being a dictator just like Jack carries out in the later parts of the novel.
Golding uses all of the characters mentioned above and many different symbols to highlight this essential nature. The truth that the rest of the world is at war confirms that no matter the number of rules society has, it is up to mankind to come together and defeat the barbarian within. Although rules are required to preserve a steady civilization, they must be questioned to keep individual identity. The novel also shows that no matter how civilized the individual, animal-like habits are lurking within all of mankind and when provided the chance will regress completely.