Savage Behavior in The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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In the book The Lord of the Flies by William Golding the idea of savagery is displayed throughout the book. Yet, first we must understand its meaning and uses. Savagery; a word created by the “White Man” which (“derived from the French word Sauvage” The Savage: A History of Misunderstanding) in reference to African Tribes. Meaning (“fierce, ferocious, or cruel; untamed”, The “White Man” used the word because of their lack of knowledge between the African Tribes and themselves. But, what they didn’t know was that the tribes well being and characteristics that classified them as savages was just normal life to them. As shown by Golding’s book we See as readers, that in Golding’s novel The Lord of the Flies the idea of a savage is not only normal but inside us all.

Golding’s shows this idea in the characters, one being “Piggy”. His ability to keep his composure and civilized manner makes him vulnerable against the other boys that inhabit the island with him. He lacks the understanding that the idea of a savage being normal. (“Lord of the Flies, 04 may, 2008. Pg.38 Piggy’s breathing was quite restored. Like Kids! He said scornfully. Acting like a crowd of kids!”) (Lord of the Flies, 04 may, 2008. Pg.92 “Pig. We eat Pig. Piggy! I got the conch!” Said Piggy indignantly. “Ralph they ought to shut up, oughtn’t they? You shut up, you Lithums!”)

The character Ralph also is used by Golding’s creative genius. He falls victim to the savageness that is a part of him. Although he is a leader he cracks by natural instinct in an event of mere horseplay. Over time his actions become prehistoric and cavemen-like as he adapts to the new reality that lies on the island. (Lord of the Flies, 04 may2008. Pg. 129”I hit him”, said Ralph indignantly. “I hit him with my spear, I wounded him.”) (Lord of the Flies, 04 may2008. Pg. 226 Ralph launched himself like a cat; stabbed, snarling, with the spear, and the savage doubled up.)...
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