3 ChAPTER 9: A View to a Death Reading Between the LinesSimon’s brutal, animalistic murder has removed the last remnant of civilization’s hold on the boys. Chaos and violence take over.Jack and his hunters have gone completely savage and even Ralph and Piggy were caught up in the frenzy.The storm does two things: Symbolizes the chaos and anarchy taking over the island and removes Simon’s body and the parachutist removing any proof that the beast doesn’t exist.Jack turns the beast into a god-like figure to manipulate his hunters.Gives his tribe an enemyGives them a belief system (the mythical beast is real)Gives them a reason to obey Jack (protection)Gives them primitive symbolism (the pig head, face paint)
4 Chapter 10: The Shell and the Glasses Reading Between the LinesJack makes it clear the beast is not dead, can change forms and will come again.Ralph and his small group are now outcasts, as Jack rules completely.The symbols of the conch and the glasses have lost their power.As Piggy and Ralph talk about Simon’s murder, Ralph holds the conch as if to get comfort from its connection to order and civilization.Piggy’s glasses, a symbol of great power and technology are now gone. Piggy, the symbol of logic and science, is now nearly blind.Jack has convinced his hunters that their new life of savagery and bloodlust is normal, taking the boys even further away from their connection with civilization.
5 Reading Between the Lines Chapter 11: Castle rockReading Between the LinesIn the confrontation at Castle Rock, we see two people from opposite ends of the moral spectrum:a. Roger, who cannot feel civilization’s effect, kills Piggyb. Piggy who cannot understand the urge to be savage, is killed by Roger.2. Ralph is now alone on the island, destined to be defeated by the powers of savage chaos.3. The hunt, which began because the boys needed food other than fruit, has ironically driven them to become savage.4. The hunt, which symbolizes primitive savagery, is now used to chase down the boy who represents order and democracy, Ralph.