Lord of the flies: A beast among us
Stranded on an island, a group of young boys face the challenge of forming a healthy community. Ralph, in charge of the conch and with the aid of Piggy and his glasses tries to establish civilized order. The society lives on the island in harmony until Jack, in pursuit of power, creates his own tribe and degrades to savagery and murder. In Lord of the Flies, Golding suggests that there is a savage side to every one of us that leads and inclines to the abolishment of order. At the evident concern of the littleuns, Ralph and the hunters go on a mission to find the beast. Midway through their expedition, they are startled by a pig, which they were unable to catch. Quickly afterwards they made a ring and started doing a pig dance, using one of the boys as the pig, while chanting a chant. “Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (Golding 114). In this scene, Ralph’s savage side begins to open up, his desire to hurt “over-mastering”. The phrase “over-mastering” hints at the idea that Ralph is a slave to his own desire; he does not govern it, but is governed by it. This scene is a major contrast to the state that Ralph is found in just a bit before this. He is sitting down and examining himself over while the boys stop to eat some fruit. “ He pulled distastefully at his grey shirt and wondered whether he might undertake the adventure of washing it…He would like to have a pair of scissors to cut his hair… he would like to have a bath… then there were his nails --“ (109). Unknowingly, Ralph’s lifestyle merged into a lifestyle of one who resembles a savage. This was now a new “normal”. Yet he tries to implement order back into his existence by making himself look presentable. By making an attempt to cleansing himself of the savage look on the outside, Ralph fails to understand that the true savage mark and distinction is hid...
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