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Acts of Violence In a great work of literature violence is only used as needed In Lord of the Flies by William Golding violence is used to convey his idea that if man is left alone without rules he will turn into a savage Throughout the novel scenes of violence are used to show the escalating acts of bestiality of the characters as the days on the island go by When one looks at the boys after they had been on the island a short time it is easy to see the natural beast emerging that is in all humans When the leader Ralph was accused of being a coward he decided to go on the hunt with the rest of the hunters He was overcome with pride when he was the only hunter to stab the wild boar Even the though the boar is not killed they all begin dancing around Robert who was the pretend boar In all of the hunters intense excitement they become overzealous in their pretend killing of the pig and poor Robert is poked and prodded quite harshly with the hunting spears This was the first time Ralph had let the beast inside of him be seen All of the boys were showing signs of savagery William Golding uses this to foreshadow the upcoming deaths brought on by mans animalistic actions The forming of two different groups or tribes did nothing to lessen the problems Jack the leader of the newer yet larger group based his philosophy of surviving on killing and hunting On one of his groups hunting trips a wild boar is killed and beheaded The head was placed on spear which was stuck in the ground of Ralphs campsite This act was used to show the progression of the boys away from being civilized and back to creatures Though this was not a life threatening action it was
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