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Devil of Decay In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding several boys get themselves stranded on a deserted island Upholding English etiquette the boys act proper for a while until the thought of a beast is brought up by a little kid Ralph the elected leader of the boys dismisses this beast Simon the intellectual and receptive boy has his own notions about the beast In the chapter Beast from Air Ralph calls a meeting In this chapter the boys true colors shine through and the beast comes out The beast in fact is the devil that is slowly decaying the boys and that would have led them to their destruction The way Golding describes everything about the boys gives a feeling of crookedness and decay As the boys are assembling Golding writes The place of assembly in which he stood was roughly a triangle but irregular and sketchy like everything they made 77 This shows the crudeness and general disorganization of the group of boys This also portrays the image of something decaying crooked and leaning over to one side This line alone shows that the devil of decay is already taking a bite of the boys as they are becoming more and more uncivilized Of course some are much more uncivilized than others In many ways Jack represents the decay and rotting inside the boys Although he didnt believe in the beast at first in this chapter he feels the beast is something they can hunt and kill He is destructive breaks the codes of society and is very aggressive He is the only who keeps disobeying the rule of the conch and that only the holder can speak This represents his decay and also the degeneration of other boys As are savages Jack is irrational and bases his actions on his gut instincts Instead of hearing others out Jack threatens to punch people and tells them to shut up
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