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Lord of the flies

An author’s view of human behavior is often reflected in their works.
The novels All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and Lord
of the Flies by William Golding are both examples of works that demonstrate
their author’s view of man, as well his opinion of war.
Golding’s Lord of the Flies is highly demonstrative of Golding’s
opinion that society is a thin and fragile veil that when removed shows man
for what he truly is, a savage animal. Perhaps the bet demonstration of
this given by Golding is Jack’s progression to the killing of the sow.
Uponfirst landing on the island Jack, Ralph, and Simon go to survey their
new home.Along the way the boys have theirfirst encounter with the
island’s pigs.They see a piglet caught in some of the plants.Quickly
Jack draws his knife so as to kill the piglet.Instead of completing the
act, however, Jack hesitates.Golding states that, “The pause was only
long enough for them to realize the enormity of what the downward stroke
would be.”Golding is suggesting that the societal taboos placed on
killing are still ingrained within Jack.The next significant encounter in
Jack’s progression is hisfirst killing of a pig.There is a description
of a great celebration.The boys chant “Kill the pig.Cut her throat.
Spill her blood.”It is clear from Golding’s description of the revelry
that followed the killing that the act of the hunt provided the boys with
more than food. The action of killing another living thing gives them
pleasure. The last stage in Jack’s metamorphosis is demonstrated by the
murder of the sow.Golding describes the killing almost as a rape.He
says, “Jack was on top of the sow, stabbing downward wherever pig flesh
appeared … Jack found the throat, and the hot blood spouted over his
hands.The sow collapsed under them and they were heavy and fulfilled upon
her.”In this case it is certain that …


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