In chapter 8, Gift for the Darkness, Golding says, “They [the hunters] agreed passionately out of the depths of their tormented private lives.” In chapter 8, Gift for the Darkness, Golding...

In chapter 8, Gift for the Darkness, Golding says, “They [the hunters] agreed passionately out of the depths of their tormented private lives.”

In chapter 8, Gift for the Darkness, Golding says, “They [the hunters] agreed passionately out of the depths of their tormented private lives.” Why does Golding use the words “tormented” and “private” to describe the hunters?

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, the author deliberately uses references to good and evil - many from an upbringing with which he was familiar - traditional establishment English Christian. So therefore we see descriptions both of God, good and innocence' (Simon) and evil, hell and hate. The word 'tormented' is one such term. From medieval times, Christians both lowly and more elevated lived in fear not only of God, but of the hellfire and damnation that would persecute them in hell (an absence from God) or purgatory. Each boy is going through his own private purgatory on the island and we wonder which one will redeem himself - and which will be 'tormented' to extinction by the new 'devils' on the island.

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In Chapter 8 the reader sees the build up of Jack’s conflict with Ralph.  Jack and Ralph have seen what they believe is a beast.  Ralph tries to explain that only armed with spears and sticks that Jack and the hunters could not kill the best.  Jack takes the conch and calls a meeting.  He is trying to take over as the leader of the group.  He begins to start the other boys looking at Ralph as a coward. 

Jack separates his "tribe" from Ralph's group.  Some of the older boys have gone with him leaving behind Ralph and most of the littleuns.  Jack tells the boys they will hunt and that he is their chief.  He tells them to forget about the best.

"They agreed passionately out of the depths of their tormented private lives." ((133)

The statement can be viewed to mean several different things.  The boys all came from different homes.  There was an apocalyptic event that led to them being transported to safety.  In the back of their minds they must have been worried about what had happened to their families.  In this manner they were tortured.

Another message that the statement supports is that the boys have been living on the island in fear.  They have no adult to guide them or help them to meet their basic needs.  They are dependent on the ideas of Jack and up till now Ralph.  Each boy has experienced his own internal torture as they cope with the fear of the beast.  They do not know yet that the beast is within them and they have chosen the path that will lead them to become the beast with Jack.

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this means that they all follow kjack now

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