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nicolakett | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 7, 2010 at 1:45 PM via web

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Who kills the pig in "Lord of the Flies"?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 7, 2010 at 1:50 PM (Answer #1)

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In the book "The Lord of the Flies" the boys with Jack as their leader try ad catch and kill a pig but have no luck.  Jack continues to track the pig but returns empty handed.  Finally, the tribe of hunters, with Jack as their leader, manages to trap and kill a pig.  They cut its head off and put it on a stake in the ground.  The flies buzz around the head.

Simon while having had a seizure and feeling sick comes upon the head of the pig.  He begins to communicate with it.  He is delirious and believes that the head is talking to him.

 

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 7, 2010 at 9:42 PM (Answer #2)

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When Jack and his hunters set out to kill a pig in the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, the superficial reason they have is the need for meat. But their motives (particularly Jack's ( go way deeper than this. Number One, Jack feels ashamed and people who feel shame often feel anger too. What seemed like a pretty good sensible idea (to provide meat as part their diet) at the beginning has now become an obsession, due to Jack's humiliation in failure to make a kill the first time. Now he has something to prove, and will take his fury out on the pig - once he finally gets it. Second, the rational motive to procure meat has been overtaken by an irrational primeval drive for bloodlust and to kill for the sake of it.

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