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Does our primitive nature come back to us if we are in need of it or is all
forgotten about are primitive background? In William Golding’s novel Lord
of the Flies such a situation occurs. These results also are seen later in
the story when almost everyone has turned “wild”. In the selected section
of this book from pages forty-eight and forty-nine, Jack shows how the
primitive roots of are ancestors can easily resurface. From this section the
reader can identify that the wild or primitive side of man can easily come
back to those who need it or just happen to stumble on it.
At this point in the passage Jack is hunting a pig in the forest all alone.
First there is when the author writes “He closed his eyes, raised his head
and breathed in gently with flared nostrils, assessing the current of warm
air for information.” This is just one of the thought less, primitive
things Jack does while hunting the pig. The reason it is thought less is
because a current of warm air does not hold any information for a man, but
for an animal it would. Next the reader can recognize that he is becoming
more wild like when the author describes the way Jack is sitting “Then
dog-like, uncomfortably on all fours yet unheeding his discomfort,” No
normal boy or girl would do something that made them hurt if they didn’t
know it would. Finally it is recognized that Jack is almost totally an
animal when this quote is read “Jack himself shrank at this cry with a hiss
of indrawn breath, and for a minute became less a hunter than a furtive
thing, ape-like among the tangle of trees”. This last quote shows the
reader that Jack was becoming like the animal that we probably descended
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Evolutionary biology, Primitive
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