In the chapter of Genesis in the Bible, Adam and eventually Eve are introduced as the beginning of humanity, created by God. The Island in Lord of the Flies represents the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve are free to live. The book takes place during World War II, the boys are flying out of England, which is currently a war zone, and are supposed to be taken to a place where they can live safely.
However, the plan is abruptly interrupted when the plane is shot down and crash lands on an uninhabited island. Although the boys do not know when they will be rescued, they are able to realize that in order to survive for a longer period of time they will have to find a good source of food. Jack embraces the role as the lead hunter and is eager to go out to hunt for the pigs they have seen wandering around the island. Jack becomes enraged when he is unable to capture and kill a pig, he “slammed his knife into a trunk,” just after yelling, “it broke away before I could kill it,”(31). This is recognized as the beginning of Jack’s descent into savagery. At the same meeting when Jack proclaims this, he continues arguing with Ralph.
Ralph decided that the group will have ” ‘Lots of rules! Then when someone breaks `em–,’ ” he was interrupted by Jack who started to make obnoxious noises, ” ‘Wee-oh, wacco, bong, doink!’ “(32). Jack is unable to realize what he is doing is out of line because his judgement has been harmed by his recent hunting experience. Lastly, at this meeting, a smaller boy would like the group to address his concerns about the “beastie” that he had seen in the woods the previous night. The boy is beginning to describe it as a “snake-thing,” but, ” ‘now he says it was a beastie’ “(32). The boy first calling this monster a “snake-thing” can be compared to the first appearance of the devil in the Bible, when the devil appears as a snake and tempts Adam and Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. When Jack gets a “taste” of the kill he is unable to turn back to the person he was before he made that decision, similar to when Adam and Eve had a taste of the forbidden fruit and they were not allowed to return to the Garden of Eden.