Lord of the Flies

PIG'S HEAD with inner meaning

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The pig's head on a stick is an offering to the beast. By making this offering Jack raises the 'beast' to the status of a primative god which must be placated by offerings. This return to a prehistoric tribal culture heralds the death of civilisation. The pig's head therefore symbolises the end of rational thinking and the dominance of the dark and savage side of the boys' natures.