Lord of the Flies: Themes
“When an individual loses restraint, a society collapses into savagery and chaos”
On the island, Jack begins to lose his civilized manner. As time goes on he begins to drift farther and farther away from the old life. He no longer cares about the way be looks, what he does or how he does it. He begins to act as if he no longer cares about getting rescued, and just wants to continue on with his savage ways. He even says he wanted to kill a pig before they got rescued. The actions that Jack is demonstrating have begun to influence the other boys. Jack even went as far as to hit Piggy in the face and break his glasses; nothing was done in return as a punishment to Jack, this may also show the others that they too can be violent and shall have no punishment. Ralphs attempt to keep everything in order; to have a society structured by rules has begun to collapse because of Jacks actions. The others are beginning to follow along with him, and bit by bit, they too are turning into savages. Rules are being broken and nobody is doing what is necessary for their main goal to be achieved: to get rescued.
“We want meat” – Chapter 3 Page 55
“Rescue? Yes, of course! All the same I’d like to catch a pig first.” – Chapter 3 Page 58
“If I could only get a pig” – Chapter 3 Page 60
These quotes express Jacks savagery and need to hunt; he doesn’t even remember what rescue it. Even when a ship passes because he let the fire out, he becomes angry because nobody acknowledged his first kill.
“Jack smacked Piggy’s head. Piggy’s glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks. Piggy cried out in horror.” – Chapter 4 Page 78
This shows Jacks loss of restraint, he can’t hold back and hits Piggy. This definitely shows his loss of restraint, and now others may think it’s alright to follow after Jacks actions.
“The circle moved in and round. Robert squealed in mock terror, then in real pain.” – Chapter 7 Page 126
The boys decide to pretend Robert is the pig and make a game. All the boys began to jab Robert with their spears, which shows they are starting to have very little respect for someone’s life and well being. Jack had him by the hair, and even Ralph joined in.