This has an effect on the rest of the boys throughout the novel as they delve further and further into savagery.The theme of savagery versus civilisation is first introduced to us through the symbol of the conch shell which we associate with Ralph as he is the person who first uses it and becomes the elected leader of the boys. At the first assembly Ralph says “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak…he won’t be interrupted”.The boys belief in the beast leads them to behave more like savages as they act out from their fear and they begin to loose hold of the rules, led by Jack, thus demonstrating the theme of savagery.
Eventually, Ralph’s side of reason and rationality gives way to Jack’s tribe of hunters, and the boys sink deeper and deeper into a life of violent savagery.
, British schoolboys are stranded on a tropical island.
This is particularly clear through Golding’s word choice.
Jack talks about cutting the pig’s throat which makes it sound like a savage action and spilling her blood which reinforces the lack of care and feeling shown towards the pug’s carcass.
Some British boys are stranded on an isolated island at the time of an imaginary nuclear war.
On the island we see conflict between two main characters, Jack and Ralph, who respectively represent civilisation and savagery.
In an attempt to recreate the culture they left behind, they elect Ralph to lead, with the intellectual Piggy as counselor.
But Jack wants to lead, too, and one-by-one, he lures the boys from civility and reason to the savage survivalism of primeval hunters.
The beast begins as a “snake thing” but by the end of the novel it has become “the Lord of the Flies”.
The first quote shows us that the beast is clearly evil.