In chapter 8, Simon hallucinates in his solitary spot in the forest and listens to the sinister Lord of the Flies speak through the severed pig's head. The Lord of Flies addresses Simon as a "silly little boy" and tells him that the others think he is batty. These comments underscore and develop the theme of acceptance and conformity. The Lord of the Flies is acknowledging that Simon is different from the other boys, which makes him an outcast and possible target. By labeling Simon an outcast, Golding is subtly foreshadowing
his death. In addition to Simon, Piggy
also desires to be accepted by the group but refuses to conform to their savage nature, which also proves to be a fatal decision. The Lord of the Flies proceeds to confirm that it is the beast and says,
Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!
This comment contributes to the theme of inherent savagery and mankind's natural wickedness. The beast is not a tangible creature that can be hunted or killed. Instead, the beast is the inherent savage nature in all of us. The severed pig's head also tells Simon that he should have fun and forget their meeting ever happened. The Lord of the Flies then tells Simon,
You know perfectly well you’ll only meet me down there—so don’t try to escape!
These comments develop the theme of violence and brutality. The threatening tone of the severed pig's head corresponds to the violent, hostile environment on the island, which Jack and his hunters cultivate. Golding also writes that the Lord of the Flies addresses Simon like a schoolmaster and warns him that it is going to get angry. The Lord of the Flies then tells Simon,
We are going to have fun on this island! So don’t try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else.
This comment helps develop the theme of civilization versus savagery, which runs throughout the story. Jack and his tribe of hunters are determined to have fun, while Ralph
champions hard work and civility. Those who do not conform to Jack's violent culture are in danger. The Lord of the Flies ends the conversation by listing the names of the biguns. By mentioning all of the biguns and including Piggy and Ralph, the Lord of the Flies once again develops the theme of mankind's inherent wickedness. Even civilized, rational boys like Piggy and Ralph are not excluded from exercising their primitive desires and acting like savages.