Symbols in Lord of the Files by William Golding

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The beasty that was mentioned a number of times in the novel, “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding was never really a beast, however it was never really human either (Shmoop). When kids are stranded on an island alone with no adults to look below the bed or look within the closet, there are sure to be ghosts and monsters roaming amongst the forest woods. From the very start this belief of some monster hiding within the darkness has been unfolded around the whole pack. One of the little boys claims that "the beasty only come out in the dark." (LOTF). Since there is no one to shield the kids of night terror or fear of the unknown, a claim of a creepy monster has been planted in all children’s heads.
When the older boys of the pack start to notice the younger children spreading the word, they take a look in the woods to prevent the idea of a monster before it spreads and causes everybody to become frightened of it. "But there isn't a beasty." Jack announces to the pack various times (LOTF). However, sure enough even the older children within the pack begin to question if there is a monster or not and take sides with the youngsters. Concern of this crazy beast within the darkened woods begins to cause disorder and opens a door to fear of the unknown.
A few chapters in to the story, another meeting is held with everyone included, in which an oversized discussion regarding…
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