In Lord of the Flies, how does Roger help in killing the sow?

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In chapter eight of Lord of the Flies, Jack and his band find a sow to kill for meat. In the killing of the sow, they show not only their savagery but also their descent into madness and evil. The boys don’t just kill the sow for meat, but...

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In chapter eight of Lord of the Flies, Jack and his band find a sow to kill for meat. In the killing of the sow, they show not only their savagery but also their descent into madness and evil. The boys don’t just kill the sow for meat, but their act turns into rape and torture—showing the darkness that lies at the human heart.

Roger is Jack’s Lieutenant—he is one of the cruelest boys on the island, and he is the one who shoves his spear up the sow’s anus. He is also one of the leaders on the hunt, and he is the one who attacks the sow after she collapses,

Roger ran round the heap, prodding with his spear whenever pigflesh appeared. (Chapter 8)

Roger is the one who catches the pig by stabbing his spear into her anus and then leaning his weight on it while Jack slits her throat. The rape of the pig, something that is both unnecessary and terrifying, shows the true nature of not only Roger but also Jack—it also foreshadows their cruelty and Roger’s eventual murder of Piggy.

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In Chapter 8, Jack leads his group of savages on a hunt. While they are hunting, they come across a clearing in the forest where a large sow is lying down, feeding her piglets. The group of hunters surround the sow and throw their spears on Jack's command. From ten yards away, two wooden spears strike the sow in her flank. The sow takes off through the forest, and the boys chase her. When the hunters catch up to the sow, they surround her again and begin to stab her with their spears. The sow ends up staggering into Simon's hiding spot in the forest, and the hunters jump on her. Roger begins to stab the sow randomly until he lodges his spear into her backside. He leans onto his spear with his full weight as Jack slices its throat. When the boys step back and realize that Roger's spear is jammed up the sow's backside, Roger yells, "Right up her ass!" (Golding 195). The brutal murder of the female pig in Chapter 8 is referred to as the "rape scene."

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