The Impact Of The Unknown In William Golding's Lord Of The Flies

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The Impact of the Unknown in Lord of the Flies
As a species, humans have an innate fear of the unknown. In Lord of the Flies, the boys create the symbol of the beast to represent many of their fears: of not being rescued, of each other, and of death. Golding uses concept of the beast as a unifying theme that brings the group of boys together throughout the course of the novel. As the boys begin to split ideologically, the beast has an impact on each individual character’s actions and their reasoning. To Jack, the beast united the group behind him and his protection, and he uses the beast to motivate them in their actions. For Ralph, democracy and civilization as the boys knew in Britain is very important, and he uses the beast to bring everyone together and act in the best interests of the group. Simon maintains his solitude and individuality throughout the novel, but the beast brings him to the realization that he must be united with the group or be killed. The beast is a unifying symbol that has important ramifications on the actions of Jack, Ralph, and Simon.
Jack is very much the unappreciated leader in the beginning of Lord of the Flies. He is the head boy of his choir in London, but is quickly bypassed in the selection of leader causing him to try to elevate his status and gain power from Ralph throughout the remainder of the novel. In the beginning of the novel, the entire group of boys is against Jack, as they express when “none of the boys could have found good

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