"The fire was a big one and the drum-roll that he thought was so far behind was nearer. " "Couldn't a fire outrun a galloping horse?. This was so like the curtain that flapped inside of his brain that for a moment he thought the blinking was inside him."
"Now he's seen you. He's making sure." "Ralph screamed, he shot forward, burst the thicket, was in the open, screaming, snarling, bloody." He swung the stake and the savage tumbled over."
"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”
Ralph cleverly hides in the underbrush of the forest to escape the savages. At this time, the reader is given valuable insight into Ralph's perception and is able to envision how he is conceptualizing the situation in front of him. Thus making this scene key as it foreshadows the events to come.
At the heat of the moment, Ralph sprints from the underbrush and attacks a savage he perceives is watching him. Ralph transforms into one of the savages, brutally attacking a boy out of sheer fear. This moment accurately portrays Goulding's idea of the hidden beast inside of us. Out of fear we become capable of heinous things such as murder.
In this scene, Ralph mentally breaks down as an officer appears to his rescue. This is vital to the end of the story as Ralph faces his mental deterioration inflicted by his experiences and is left to cope with what has happened. The end to the most traumatic event in these boys' life occurs leaving everlasting damage upon themselves.