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Discuss the killing of the sow in "Lord of the Flies".  What makes this scene so...

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Posted May 25, 2009 at 6:00 AM via web

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Discuss the killing of the sow in "Lord of the Flies".  What makes this scene so important?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 25, 2009 at 8:00 AM (Answer #1)

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The killing of the sow is very important in this novel.  This scene represents the end of innocence for the boys.  The sow is "in maternal bliss" as she is nursing her babies.  That moment is sacred and beautiful. When the boys ravage her and kill her, Golding describes them as "wedded in lust" as they go after her.  They use their spears to stab her and go up her back side.  They even laugh at Roger when he laughs at where he shoved his spear.  This scene is known as a "rape scene" where the boys have gone past the point of no return.  They lose their innocence in the kill and the lust of it all.

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