Jacks’s obvious obsession with blood and death and power is what leads to the destruction of Ralph’s democratic ‘government’, and eventually to the demolition of the entire Island. Through his barbaric deeds on the island, he teaches us about the dark side of human nature, and that to choose that path can only lead to complete and utter devastation.William Golding firmly believed that there is no room for the thinkers in the world. Through the character of Piggy, Golding accuratly conveys his feelings and shows us yet another, purer aspect of human nature. The freak, so to speak, in a circus of handsome, able bodied boys who laugh and humiliate him without thought for his feelings.Although Ralph is meant to portray goodness, even he has his weaknesses.
This demonstrates his innocence at the start of the novel, but his lust for blood soon wins the battle against his conscience.
“He tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up.” With his first kill, Jack is hooked.
The author uses many writing techniques to get his message across, and through this, accuratly conveys human nature as it can be seen even in todays modern society.
The use of symbolism is very evident and the religious and political overtones serve to add a more real and relevant feel to the book.
Killing becomes an obsession : “His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.”Jack’s obsession with killing soon turns into something a lot more sinister.
It is Jack who leads the boys on a wild dance that ends up in the death of Simon, and he who encourages Roger into the death of Piggy.
He is also the one who reveals Piggy’s hated nickname to the rest of the group, and so starts his humiliation and ridicule.
This is meant to reveal the foibles in human nature, even with those who have the best intentions at heart.
“My auntie told me not to run…account of my asthma” With this quote, we are introduced to Piggy, the fat bespectacled boy with asthma who is never taken seriously.
However, it is Piggy who discovers the conch, the symbol of authority, civilization and peace, and it is him who presents Ralph with the idea of a meeting.