Lord of the Flies

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Hidden inside every human being is the urge to obide by law and authority and to act civilised, but hidden much deeper is the temptation to resist acting lawfully and resort to savagery. Sometimes, these two impulses conflict with one another and people are confused as to which desire to follow through with. William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and John Polson’s Hide and Seek are two prime examples that demonstrate the conflict between civilised behaviour and savagery through their characters’ cultured manners, savage impulses and struggles as they decide who they really are as people.
The instinct to follow rules and act in a civilised manner is highlighted throughout the first four chapters of Lord of the Flies, but is especially
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87) The simplicity of this statement embodies Jack’s sinful aspirations. The hunters also become violent, chanting together, “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.” (p.86) They are not ashamed of their gruesome act and repeat this chant on numerous occasions throughout the novel, complimenting the chant with tribal dancing and mock killings of boys pretending to be pigs. The repetition of this chant and the inclusion of the violent terms, ‘kill’, ‘cut’ and ‘spill’ emphasises the sadistic mindset the boys have gained. At one of these dances Robert pretends to be the pig, and in the heat of the moment he is actually attacked by the hunters, with Ralph joining in too because “the desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering.” (p.142) This “over-mastering” power symbolises the beginning of Ralph’s loss of morality. The harming of Robert is the catalyst for the killing of Simon; inhumanely, all of the boys on the island were involved in Simon’s torture, and “there were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws.” (p.188) The incorporation of “teeth and claws” reflects animal imagery and highlights the sense of the hunting habits of an animal. The alliteration

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