The beast is terrifying for many reasons. It represents the innate savagery inside all which should terrify the reader because the thought of something so evil inside us that it’s described as a beast should chill the reader to their very bones. “Fancy thinking you can kill the beast is something you can kill” Is what it says to Simon this should terrify the reader because the thought of an enemy which cannot be killed should terrify the reader. Finally Simons death; Simon was killed because they mistake him for the beast this adds to sense of terror because the shear thought that the beast was coming threw a whole group of people into a mad frenzy shows us the scale of the fear the beast was able to inflict on the Island.
One of the main problems that the boys had on the island was the beast. In their minds the beast was a terrible creature that was out to kill them. Their fear of the beast ruined
This quote conveys how the characters in the novel have desire to kill the beast so that they can survive. Moreover, the evil within certain characters like Jack and his tribe make them impatient which lead them to mistakenly think Simon as a beast in the night and murder him. It also shows how the boys are turning to behave like animals or savages in order to escape and save themselves from the beast. Basically, human nature is naturally evil due to the competition for survival.
The beast is important, because it is a universal personification of the fear that ensnares most of the boys on the island. The strong belief in the beast allows Jack to take control. Furthermore, the fear of the beast scares Ralph to such a degree that he calls a meeting to vote on whether the beast is real or not. The book points to clear evidence of this: “Maybe, ...there is a beast, I don’t know, what I mean, maybe it's only us,” (Golding 84). This quote shows that Simon wasn’t terrified of the beast like the others as a living, breathing monster. Simon fears that the boys are becoming the beast by their actions on the
The relationship between the beast and the school boys is played out through the conversation between Simon and the Lord of the Flies. The Lord of the Flies or pig head tries to intimidate and forewarn Simon calling him,”just an ignorant, silly little boy”(184) and scoffs at Simon for thinking the beast is “something you could hunt or kill!” (184) Golding uses this symbolic beast, the Lord of the Flies, to reveal the truth to Simon which is that “they”(184) the boys on the island are the real beast. Before Simon faints the Lord of the Flies warms Simon that
Jack had tried to lead the inhabitants of the island by terror and savagery instead of by order and civilization when he had declared himself chief of his hunter-driven tribe. Both his lust for blood and lust for power had aided him in becoming the savage tyrant and an antagonist of the book. Jack’s widespread fear would not have been substantial enough to build his stature in the hierarchy if the “beast” was not included in the story. The beast has been portrayed to the readers as a dead parachuter from the world war happening beside them. The characters, however, had no clue about the outside world or the parachuter who fell on the island. Therefore, the beast became a part of their fear on the island. The beast was the main antagonist in the middle of the story. It caused the most discord in the already terror-ridden state of the boys. The internal fears of the characters, the feeling of terror towards the other characters, and the nightmarish imagination of the youth, had all shown the dominating abilities of fear taking over the vulnerable sense of
It represents the darkness that falls over an individual and the cruel actions that they take. In Lord of the Flies evil plays a key role, within an individual there is the natural tendency of evil within themselves. Evil can take over even the most honorable. In both Roger and Jack, some are filled with only evil and the good within them may be hidden forever. Each action they take, “[gathering] a handful of stones and [throwing] them” (62) or “[rubbing a] charcoal stick between patches of red and white on [a] face.” (63). They symbolize the lack of innocence slowing decaying that can never be replaced. Slowly becoming a villain, losing their inner self within the savagery and corruptness. Unable to salvage themselves from the ruins. Hiding in the ruins of brutality, cruelty, and savagery. In the other boys evil is hidden deep, but in every individual evil consumes. The beast symbolizes the inner evil within, “[it is] part of you... why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?” (143). The beast is within and underneath each individual is a vicious beast ready to attack. Sometimes loss of control within ourselves can cause the beast to show. In both Ralph and Piggy we see the beast appear as they slowly start to lose themselves and become irrational and more savage. They are unable to find themselves anymore. Evil is within them and within all, it is our natural tendency that cannot be
Given the fact that a bunch of young boys are on an island with no adults, it was destined that some scary myth would be going around, especially since there are little ones without their parents to protect them. It just so happened to be that one of the little ones was the one who made everyone wonder about the beast after saying that he saw it in the woods. At first the big kids didn’t believe it, especially Ralph and Jack. However, throughout the story, instead of fearing the beast the boys start worshipping it. They searched and searched for it but then ended up accepting it and searched for sacrifices instead. Once you start to fear something you start to think about it more, and the more you think about it the more it consumes you. The
Law shackle us down and take away our freedom, but they also suppress true human nature. Society helps keep ourselves in check in a way that prevents us from turning into savages. The whole world would be a place of chaos and no one to prevent us from committing crimes if laws did not exist. The Littluns and Roger realized the Island has no laws and decide to take advantage of their freedom, and behave in a primitive manner. In “Lord Of The Flies” by William Golding, the theme of civilization vs. Savagery is explored and it becomes clear that without law and regulations humans show primitive behaviour.
One of the resources the boys had was the island. The island symbolizes the earth and a man’s capability to destroy it. To illustrate this theme, William Golding points out when a plane crashed into the island, leaving a scar which left a dent in that area. Staying on the island there was a good side, but also a bad side. For example, in the novel Lord of The Flies by William Golding on page thirty-five a character Ralph says, “This is our island. It’s a good island.” Ralph is one of the first characters we meet in the book and is a good leader. When he says this, he makes it seem as if he and the boys are in paradise. He makes it seem as if they are not worried about getting back home. The beast was the faulty side of the island. This “beast”
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” In many cases like society and Lord of the Flies people tend to lose hope when a few things go wrong, and in those cases that’s when things tend to lead to destruction of a society or a group. When rejected you are often faced with interpersonal consequences from being rejected, and in most cases it leads to savagery. Many try and say destruction to society or being a savage is from a “genetic disorder” and you were born that way. I personally disagree due to the fact that in most cases, people change and turn against each other causing them to handle their anger in a non appropriate way by harming others for
The beast takes an important role as the story develops, symbolizing an evil and savagery that exists within all human beings. Though the beast is visually imaginary, meaning that what they see is not true, the beast is still alive inside them. It is the behavior of the boys that brings the beast into existence, therefore, the more savagely they act, the more real the beast becomes. During an assembly the topic of the beast is discussed and we discover that Simon has been mistaken for the beast by one of the littluns. Simon is the first to recognize man's evil nature, “Maybe it's only us” (89).
In the novel not everyone reacts the same to terror, some overcome it and show signs of greatness. An example in the novel is Ralph; “"I'm chief," said Ralph, "because you chose me. And we were going to keep the fire going. Now you run after food--"” (137). In the novel there is a group of boys; Ralph, Simon and Piggy, that do not believe in the existence of the beast. Nevertheless, they still have fears, but they choose to overcome them for the better of the group and try to lead. Here it is evident that fear can bring different type of leaders, like Jack and Ralph, one acts on violence while the other acts on morals. In addition, the kids begin believing in the beast, they begin to give into fear. This is obvious when the following is said; “"The head is for the beast. It's a gift”” (137). Believing in the beast gives their fear power over them, it is controlling them. The unease they had toward the beast controlled them, Jack stepped up and said he could protect them; therefore, they end up choosing a bad leader on impulse in order to feel