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schoolstudy101 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 1, 2012 at 6:14 PM via web

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Where is there examples in Lord of the Flies of Man's inhumanity to man? 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 13, 2012 at 11:01 PM (Answer #1)

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Lord of the Flies offers abundant examples of man's inhumanity to man.  In Chapter Seven, "Shadows and Tall Trees," the boys play an impromptu game of 'kill the pig' after Ralph's spear glances off the boar in their search for the beast.  Robert pretends to be the pig, but quickly the jest of their reenactment turns ugly as the boys' actions turn from play to true vicious intent.  At first they were "all jabbing at Robert who made mock rushes" (114).   The excitement of the game turns into a frenzy:

"Ralph, carried away by a sudden thick excitement, grabbed Eric's spear and jabbed at Robert with it. 

"Kill him! Kill him!"

All at once, Robert was screaming and struggling with the strength of frenzy" (114).

The boys' mock game perfectly showcases how the boys' savagery takes over, resulting in inhumane actions.  They ceased to see Robert as a fellow boy and only perceived him as prey.  Afterwards, when the boys discuss the game, and Robert lets them know he got hurt, he instructs the boys that they should get a "real pig...because you've got to kill him" (115). 

Jack's response is to laugh off Robert's comment, dismissing the seriousness of their deadly game, as he comments "use a littlun, and everybody laughed" (115).

As the boys grow more savage and more adept at hunting and killing, their disregard for the sanctity of life and even human life slowly diminishes to the point of nonexistence.

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