Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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William Golding believed that all humans are innately evil but are controlled by the confinements of society. In Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, a group of school boys crash their airplane onto a stranded island during World War II and are forced to live without adult supervision. Hunting and killing pigs are methods that the boys use to obtain meat and they celebrate using chants and dances. Golding’s theory is supported as innate evil surfaces and overtakes the boys through the progression of the pig hunts ranging from a piglet, to a sow, and then to a human being. The boys’ inability to kill a piglet shows they are still connected to civilization. While the boys were exploring the island, “they found a piglet caught in a curtain of creepers.” (31.) The animal is similar to the boys in that they are both innocent; therefore the boys do not have the heart or nature to kill the creature. Jack hesitates to kill the piglet and, “the pause was only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be.” (31.) At the time, all the boys are too nervous to kill it even if it was only a piglet; they were still restrained by the limitations of society. After the animal escapes, Jack “[snatches] his knife out of the sheath and [slams] it into a tree trunk. Next time there [will] be no mercy.” (31.) Jack is ashamed of himself and his shame causes him to become committed to killing the next pig they see, he is willing to go to great depths to prove
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