Violence In Lord Of The Flies Essay

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As Pope Francis once said, “Even today we raise our hand against our brother... We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death.” The Lord of the Flies tells a story of society. Through that story, the hunts that the boys go on represent how as they progress, the continued exposure to violence causes the intensity of the violence to increase over time. In the beginning, the boys only use a form of violence to hunt, but it later develops into a desire to kill, not only animals, but people. At the beginning, when the boys initially start the process of preparing for survival when they crash on the island, it is made clear that they need food; and for food, they would need to hunt and gather. At least that’s all it started out as: hunting for food. As said by Ralph, “‘We need hunters to get us meat. And another thing.’” (Golding, 33). They had made it a priority to have hunters for food to survive. The plan was to go out and kill an animal for meat, and gather fruits from trees so that they would not starve to death on this island.The intention was pure…show more content…
“‘I hit him all right. The spear stuck in. I wounded him!’” (Golding, 113). It excited the boys when they came close to killing a pig and it gave them pleasure once they finally did. By now, the boys were aware of the “beastie” and were set to get rid of it, even though it was only a fear of the unknown. When they finally killed a pig, it was like they were killing a form of the “beastie” and gave them a feeling of triumph and power. As the boys continued to get that feeling and participate in the violence, they don’t want to stop which causes problems and death later in the

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