Lord of the Files

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An extract from the title Lord of the Flies was amidst the scene where the boys are hunting a sow. While on the literal sense the perception of this extract seems to be just killing a sow, this extended metaphor highlights the boys transformation into savagery, how its demonstrated is through use of imagery. At this point in the novel, the boys have been castaways for an extensive period of time now and with no adults and no females, their loss of social order leading to anarchy among the group, all propelling their desire for self-gratification which is stirring up inside of them. The boys discover a form of pleasure through hunting, showing in killing of the sow that the images used represent the hedonistic act of pleasure seeking…show more content…
The drops of blood can further symbolize the depletion of heart as the blood continually falls away from the sow and as also it can represent the seductiveness that lures the boys to continually press on. "The hunters followed, wedded to her in lust, excited by the long chase and the dropped blood." The chase induces them by seeing it as an obsession of sexual craving and seeking pleasure. "She staggered into an open space where bright flowers grew and butterflies danced around each other and the air was hot and still." Image takes contrast were it shifts from dark to light imagery as it describes the change in environment. This gives the effect to show pleasantry and peace and calmness that the chase should not be interpreted as a bad thing. "Struck down by the heat, the sow fell and the hunters hurled themselves at her." The image created is the first provocation of sexual activity, showing the eagerness and desperation in the boys as they quickly grasp their opportunity. "She squealed and bucked an the air was full of sweat and noise and blood and terror." Sentence constructed short, where repetition of ‘and ' creates phases to emphasise the sinisterly images using the emotive language of the sows screams and the mood of the environment. "Jack was on top of the sow, stabbing downward with his knife. Roger found a lodgment for his point and began to push till he was leaning with his whole weight. The spear move forward inch by inch and the terrified
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