Order has all however given way to the violent impulses represented by Jack’s tribe. When rescuers arrive to take the boys again to civilization, Ralph symbolically regains authority.
By the top of the novel, he has lost lords of the flies pdf hope within the boys’ rescue altogether. The progression of Ralph’s character from idealism to pessimistic realism expresses the extent to which life on the island has eradicated his childhood. Even so, the novel just isn’t totally pessimistic in regards to the human capacity for good.
They decide that their only alternative is to travel to the Castle Rock to make Jack and his followers see purpose. Chanting and dancing in a number of separate circles along the beach, the boys are caught up in a sort of frenzy. Even Ralph and Piggy, swept away by the excitement, dance on the fringes of the group. The boys again reenact the hunting of the pig and reach a high pitch of frenzied energy as they chant and dance.
Suddenly, the boys see a shadowy figure creep out of the forest—it’s Simon. Shouting that he’s the beast, the boys descend upon Simon and begin to tear him aside with their naked arms and enamel. Simon tries desperately to elucidate what has occurred and to remind them of who he is, however he journeys and plunges over the rocks onto the seashore.
With the brutal, animalistic homicide of Simon, the last vestige of civilized order on the island is stripped away, and brutality and chaos take over. By this point, the boys in Jack’s camp are all but inhuman savages, and Ralph’s few remaining allies suffer dwindling spirits and contemplate becoming a member of Jack. Even Ralph and Piggy themselves get swept up in the ritual dance around Jack’s banquet hearth.
To Piggy’s dismay, Jack grabs his thick glasses and makes use of them to mirror the solar’s rays, efficiently creating a hearth. Golding had a lot of expertise in coping with schoolboys, for he was a teacher in Britain for a few years.
Ralph, now deserted by most of his supporters, journeys to Castle Rock to confront Jack and secure the glasses. Taking the conch and accompanied only by Piggy, Sam, and Eric, Ralph finds the tribe and demands that they return the dear object. Confirming their total rejection of Ralph’s authority, the tribe capture and bind the twins underneath Jack’s command. Ralph and Jack interact in a fight which neither wins before Piggy tries once more to handle the tribe. Any sense of order or security is completely eroded when Roger, now sadistic, intentionally drops a boulder from his vantage point above, killing Piggy and shattering the conch.