"The spear moved forward inch by inch and the terrified squealing became a high-pitched scream. Then Jack found the throat and the hot blood spouted over his hands. The sow collapsed under them and they were heavy and fulfilled upon her." (Golding, 135) The Pighunt symbolize humans' capacity for violent and brute behavior for us. These boys seem to transition from society stars to vicious butchers in no time. The explanation for this could be that man's ability for extreme violence is something just under the surface of their normal lives. Though Jack explains later that he hunted to feed the hungry, it almost feels it isn't the need for meat yet the craved power of taking advantage of weak and gaining social status.
"He had even glimpsed one of them, striped brown, black, and red, and had judged that this was Bill. But really, thought Ralph, this was not Bill. This was a savage whose image refused to blend with that ancient picture of a boy in shorts and shirt" (Golding,183) We believe clothes in the novel symbolize order, rules, and fluidity of democracy. Since most of the boys are introduced into the story with uniforms, we see it as a tangible representation of rules and order of society. This can be proven because later on as clothes become discarded- similar to the description of Bill in the quote above -barbaric character appears. Once their clothes are gone, so are their rules and system of democracy.
Lord of the flies
"His voice was loud and, savage and struck them into silence. (Ralph) 'There was a ship. Out there. You said you'd keep the fire going and you let it out!... You and your blood, Jack Merridew! You and your hunting! We might have gone home-' " (Golding, 70) In this scene, Ralph expresses his disappointment of Jack and his tribe for letting the fire burn out, and blames Jack's thirst of blood. The conflict of the care for the fire begins to fuel rage between the two beginning parties. The fire symbolizes the desire of the civilized: Ralph and Piggy so preciously care for the fire for they see it as there ticket home. While the hunters- who could care less about their past -see it as an uninteresting task.
" (Jack) 'Who'll join my tribe and have fun?' 'I'm chief ', said Ralph tremulously. ' And what about the fire? And I've got the conch-' '(Jack) You haven't got it with you...And the conch doesn't count at this end of the island-' " (Golding, 150) In this sense, Ralph is trying to use the previously established power of the conch to maintain his status in the hierarchy. Though Jack does not fully respect the structure of the islands arrangments, and he creates loopholes to the rules. Slowly, the conch seems to loose its power over the boys as is Ralph. Which leads us to believe the Conch is a symbol of the power of the civilized party.
" (Lord of the flies)'Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!'....'You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close. close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?' " (Golding, 143) The hallucination Simon experiences encounters a satanic lord. The Lord tells him that the beast lives within the boys. Something that is wakened if provoked. We think the pig head signifies the sow hunt and the termination of innocence in Jack's tribe: after experiencing Jack and his followers disturbing pig chase and slaughter the impression is given off that their primitive behavior is long gone and what lives is the evil the Lord talks of.
" (Piggy) ' He wants to know what you're going to do about the snake-thing.'...(Ralph)'He must have had a nightmare. Stumbling about among all those creepers.' " (Golding, 35-36) The littleness imagination introduces the topic of a villain in the novel. Which later on is used by Jack to manipulate innocent mines by playing with the image of evil. We think this can be a symbol of the serpents motives in the Bible's story of Genesis. Both Jack and the serpent temps innocence and leads them to sin and eventually death.