Lord of The Flies: Cultural Assumption #2

I've read a couple more chapters of lord of the flies and I've noticed that the two boys Ralph and Jack are constantly fighting and are becoming more savage. This shows the cultural assumption that war changes men in to savages. This is shown throughout the book as civilisation (Ralph) vs Savagery (Jack) as a group of civilised English boys slowly become accustomed to the savage wild life of the island.

This is shown throughout the book as Ralph is constantly reminding the boys that the fire on top of the mountain is their way back home. As jack says that hunting pigs and finding food is the only way to survive on this island. Another example of this is in chapter 7 as when the hunting trip for the boar went bad they start to chant and dance around Robert. They start to jab at Robert with their spears and eventually they lose sight they are playing a game. They nearly kill Robert before they remember themselves. Another example of this behaviour is when Simon comes back to the other boys to tell them what the Lord of the Flies ( the pig head jack put on the stake ) had told him and the scene of the dead pilot in the tree. While Simon is coming the back the boys are chanting and they notice a shadowy figure from the forest. They immediately determine that it is the beast and not Simon. Simon is then brutally murdered by the other boys.

The only time the boys reverse back to being civilised is when the boys are chasing Ralph to go and kill him as well. When they reach the beach Ralph is already exhausted and collapses on to the beach. When he looks up he sees a navy officer. The Navy officer sees what the situation is and reminds them the time and place they are in. The shows that even Adults have guidance and knowledge to remind them Humans are not meant to be savage against each other and It’s the actions they make that turns them like this.

I feel that cultural assumption that war changes men in to savages is true. Even in our world today we have Terrorists controlling groups of men to fight/kill other men and even if you win a war you still lose a lot with it.

I think that William Golding believed that this was a key assumption in the book and he reinforced the idea that war changes men in to savages. As William Golding had a firsthand experience of what war could do to men.