Lord of the Flies – Chapter Eight

In class, we looked at the scene where the sow is killed by Jack’s hunters. As noted, the language is highly sexualised:

“spurted”, “hurled themselves”, “eruption”, “frantic”, “squealed and bucked”, “sweat and noise”, “on top of the sow”, “stabbing”, “inch by inch”, “high-pitched scream”, “collapsed under them”, “fulfilled”.

This language is considered to be “Freudian”, after the Viennese psychologist, Sigmund Freud, who believed that there is a language of symbols, which is most vivid in our dreams. In this section of the novel, Freudian language is very deliberately used.

Golding is trying to show that the desire to kill is primal – it is hard-wired into the boys, like the sexual instinct, and not something they have complete control over.

It is worth noting that the butterflies are not disturbed by the violence of the hunt. They regard violence as a natural part of their world. However, when Simon speaks to the Lord of the Flies, the butterflies disappear because the demon is unnatural: it is a source of supreme supernatural evil.

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