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In Chapter 8 of Lord of the Flies, why is the killing of the sow discussed in such detail?

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jessica88c | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 23, 2007 at 11:41 AM via web

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In Chapter 8 of Lord of the Flies, why is the killing of the sow discussed in such detail?

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted July 23, 2007 at 11:49 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the primary reasons for the extended, horrific detail is so that the reader can grasp the descent into savagery into which the boys have sunk, but moreso in order that we may understand how brutal is the character of Roger.  "Previously a strange loner, his personality has emerged as truly sadistic. Even more so than Jack, Roger loves the hunt for the pain he can inflict. He slowly drives his spear into the anus of the sow, torturing it more than killing it. This is the brutal extension of his previous torture of Henry on the beach."

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