The boys have developed a sort of rhythm in their lives that involves the littluns playing together, the biguns Jack and the choir boys still hunting pigs, and the other boys Ralph, Simon, and Piggy trying to build shelters and keep the signal fire going. They relish the slaughter, an enjoyment that transcends pride and signifies pure lust. Eventually, only Ralph, Piggy, and Simon are left. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Chapter 4 Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. The blood and gore of the hunt is all very exciting until they realize that, while they were out being bloodthirsty boys, the fire went out and a ship passed by without noticing them.
In response, Ralph announces an assembly on the platform immediately. Because that instinct is natural and present within each human being, Golding asserts that we are all capable of becoming the beast. Back in the group, Jack decides Ralph shouldn't be chief anymore. Maurice, remembering his mother's discipline, feels guilty about kicking sand into Percival's eye, and Roger refrains from throwing a stone at Henry. Ralph screams for the ship to come back, but it passes without seeing them. He finds a serene open space with aromatic bushes and flowers.
Maurice heads off to swim, but Roger stays behind. Piggy stands apart from the other boys, for he retains the goal of living in an increasingly civilized society. Jack, obsessed with the idea of killing a pig, camouflages his face with clay and charcoal and enters the jungle to hunt, accompanied by several other boys. He misses on purpose because he still has some semblance of decency left, at least for the time being. Under the impression that he is the beast, the boys descend on Simon and kill him. Ralph and Piggy, who are playing at the lagoon alone, decide to find the other boys to make sure that nothing unfortunate happens while they are pretending to be hunters. Furious, Ralph tells Jack about the ship.
Despite the stirrings of anarchy, the boys obey notions of appropriate behavior without any real external authority to determine what they can and cannot do. Ralph forms a search party to establish that they are, in fact, on an island. Jack has also managed to punch Piggy in the face and break one lens of his glasses. The intricate sandcastles the littluns build on the shore represent their continued respect for-even idealization of-human civilization, and their continuing presence at Ralph's meetings signals the littluns' investment in ordered island life, even though they do not contribute directly to the group's survival. Ralph realizes the hunters have let the fire go out. Meanwhile, Ralph spots a ship in the distance but realizes that their fire is not producing any smoke. They return to the shelters to sleep.
His chute becomes tangled in some rocks and flaps in the wind, while his shape casts fearful shadows on the ground. After the attack, the four boys decide to go to the castle rock to appeal to Jack as civilized people. Indeed, despite his position of power and responsibility in the group, Jack shows no qualms about abusing the other boys physically. The concurrent sighting of the ship and killing of the pig contribute to the disintegration of the relative calm on the island. Meanwhile, Simon finds the pig's head that the hunters had left. They then cut off the head and leave it on a stake as an offering for the beast.
Jack and his tribe have been transformed into savages. Chapter 6: Beast from Air and Chapter 7: Shadow and Tall Trees Chapter 6: A plane is shot down high above as the children sleep. When he arrives at the fire he sees that Jack let the fire die. His painted face, reminiscent of some less developed societies, supposedly makes him indistinguishable from the animals of the forest. Ralph yells at Jack, and Piggy joins in, resulting in Jack slapping Piggy in the face and breaking his glasses. Piggy asks Jack and his hunters whether it is better to be a pack of painted Indians or sensible like Ralph, but tips a rock over on Piggy, causing him to fall down the mountain to the beach.
The quest for the beast continues until evening. Yet, as the chapter's opening passages imply, these customs are threatened by the natural forces at work on the island. At Castle Rock, Jack rules over the boys with the trappings of an idol. We're thinking it must be rather uncomfortable in the sun to be wearing heavy, black cloaks, and our suspicions are confirmed when one of the boys faints, face-first, in the sand. Analysis At this point in the novel, the group of boys has lived on the island for some time, and their society increasingly resembles a political state. Jack and Simon come back to the lagoon and then Ralph sends jack to go hunt and Simon to go help build the huts. He says Ralph has a stillness, is attractive, and most importantly has the conch.
They scramble down the mountain and wake up Ralph. Ralph declares that he is calling a meeting and stalks down the hill toward the beach alone. But he does remind everyone that names are oh-so-important. He leads the boys on a hunting expedition. Simon suggests that they are the beast. The hunters track down a pig and kill it. Jack is leading them, with a fresh pig carcass hanging from a stick.
The boys come across a pig run and Ralph sticks a boar in the nose with a spear. Ralph has no interest in learning the fat boy's name. Ralph, as the chief, sits on a huge log, which lies parallel to the beach below. Jack has become savage in his quest for blood. Back on the other side of the island, Ralph and Piggy discuss Simon's death.