He disappears into the forest. When nobody agrees with him, Jack runs off in tears. Ralph is just going to have to catch his own pigs from now on. Both boys are connecting with the savagery that begets evil, but Jack revels in it while Simon is undone by it, trapped by his vision of the Lord of the Flies in his hidden spot until he passes out. This in-depth summary and analysis covers the characters, plot and themes of Chapter 8 of William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies.
His curiousity gets the better of him and he decides to wait to see if a beast will actually come for its gift. Get the latest updates: Facebook: Twitter:. At the top of the mountain remains the pig's head, which Simon has dubbed the Lord of the Flies. They run up to the fire and grab some of the burning sticks. . Ralph's weakness is not insignificant. When and his tribe raid the beach for fire, Jack is stark naked except for his belt and.
They all head off to the feast. Just as Piggy and Simon seem to share an idea about the cause of the island society's disintegration, Simon and Jack have similar revelations as well. In the previous chapter, Jack's voice came unidentified out of the darkness like the devil's voice. He continues his attack on Ralph, claiming that Ralph is no proper chief, for he is a coward himself. Simon, from his private space, sees the head, which has flies buzzing around it. The other boys, however, refuse to vote Ralph out of power. For Simon, the pig's head is a revelation his final one that alerts him to the fact that while nature is beautiful and fascinating, it is also brutal and indifferent.
They decide to kill the helpless. He vows to form a new group, and says anyone can join him when he hunts. Simon urges them all to climb the mountain, though his advice is not taken seriously. The outside and inside are at this moment one and the same. Piggy is confident that they all will do well enough if they behave with common sense, and he proposes a feast. Analysis Ralph speaks realistically when he tells Piggy that even Jack would hide if the beast attacked; after all, the night before Jack had been as terrified as the other two boys when he saw the dead paratrooper.
If there is a belligerent culture nearby, a peaceful culture must militarize in order to survive. This is very tempting to the boys. The hunters jump on the sow, brutalize her, cut her throat and spill her blood. The pig's head is thus a symbol of Satan, but, as it reminds Simon, this devil is not an external force. While Ralph may be more mature and rational than Jack and his hunters, given the right circumstances he can submit to the same passions as the other boys, a tendency that foreshadows the tragic events that unfold in subsequent chapters.
When the hunters bring home meat, they expect submission from those who are going to eat it. Back on the beach, Ralph worries that the boys will die if they are not rescued soon. No one raises their hands and so, lacking support for the motion, he abruptly declares his defection from Ralph's society. Although Ralph is the clear protagonist of the story and the character to whom Golding affixes the reader's perspective, he is still susceptible to the childish passions and irrationality that are, to varying extents, present in the other children. Picking up the remaining carcass, the boys move onward from the scene. There is further discussion of Samneric doing everything together such as tending the fire, in one turn. Simon disappears as well, going to his hidden spot in the forest to rest after his unsuccessful address to the group.
The boys track, corner, and kill a big sow a female pig. Jack is also designating a pecking order, and it looks like Piggy is at the bottom. As a sacrifice to the beast, Jack impales the head on a stick. Meanwhile, Jack and his newly formed tribe find a group of sleeping pigs and a sow. In this way, too, the sow's subjugation anticipates his own.
Jack tells the other boys that the beast is a hunter, and he informs them that Ralph thinks that the boys are cowards. They surrounded the covert but the sow got away with the sting of another spear in her flank. It seems like Ralph might be starting to lose it here. Piggy convinces to move the signal fire to the beach to make it easier to attend to. Some people are happy to see Jack go, some are not. Jack storms off, humiliated and crying. He says things like Piggy.
Historically, artists and novelists have associated the natural world with women, in contrast to the civilized world, which they linked to men. In this scene with the pig's head, represented as evil, he meets and struggles against his antithesis. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law. . Jack asks the boys if they want Ralph to be fired as chief.