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Explain and Describe the Emergence and Rise of the Beast in 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding.

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Explain and Describe the Emergence and Rise of the Beast in 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding William Golding published his novel for the first time in 1954. The story is been made to show the interactions with different types of people and to illustrate man's nature by how they cooperage. The book has many forms of symbolism, which include the conch and the beast among others. These symbols are used to show the nature of man and what the boys become when they direct themselves. It can be used in context today and you can make comparisons with these matters in everyday life. It describes how the world works. Because this book was written in 1954, it was reasonably close to World War Two and Golding uses a lot of references to the war and war itself. Such as the choir, 'Within the diamond haze of the beach something dark fumbling along.' Pg. 26, the choir is dressed in a black colour, which was also the colour of the SS soldiers, which Hitler controlled. The choir also become hunters who go and kill pigs like the SS soldiers killed people. Jack is also the leader of the choir and is like Hitler in ways, he doesn't care for any of the weak children who are useless, he does not care for anyone except himself and he tries to gain control of the people all the way through the book. Jack is a figure of evil and shows no remorse for any of his actions. He doesn't care for people who suffer. He constantly persecutes Ralph for his actions and tries to get him overthrown and eventually does. *Jack seizes power and declares himself 'Chief' and is known after this by name. 'I'm Chief' Pg 223.* Golding used to be a schoolteacher at an all boys school, this could have affected they way he wrote his book, such as the novel only having all boys in his book. ...read more.

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Jack called an assembly and began to overthrow Ralph again but it failed even with propaganda and he also said 'The beast is a hunter' which could mean that they might be hunted. After this Jack had finally had enough of Ralph and decided to leave him and the rest to make a fire and shelters while he was to hunt alone, he tried to tempt the children into coming, and they came slowly. Again they were to hunt. 'Each of them wore the remains of a black cap and ages ago they stood in two demure rows and their voices had been the song of angels' Pg 165. Meaning that they used to be good inside but since their stay at the island that have changed from angelic to devilish and they had turned into savages of the island. But they were not going to hunt for the beast 'Forget the beast' because he had another thing in mind, sacrifice. 'And about the beast. When we kill we'll leave some of the kill for it.' Jack has turned into a tribal leader, an ancient one that used to worship a god by giving it a sacrifice. They killed a sow with piglets 'She was black and pink; and the great bladder of her belly was fringed with a row of piglets' Pg 166 If they had kept the sow alive than they would have had plenty of food for the future but because they wanted a kill they completely ignored the piglets and killed the sow. 'Jack was on top of the sow, stabbing downward with his knife' Pg 167. She was most probably dead by now but they carried on attacking her until it eventually stopped, feeling now remorse for the piglets they were cold, heartless beings, a pack of animals all moving together to kill and let nothing stand in their killing ritual. ...read more.

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Samneric betrayed Ralph's trust in them as they told Jack were they were. No-one was left to help him. The fire had engulfed the whole island and all of the animals were forced out of their homes. He had realised what a stick sharpened at both ends was and he longed to scream, a savage came closer and Ralph struck him in fear of the stick. He was telling himself 'Don't Scream'. The hunters wanted to kill so badly 'They were running, all crying out madly.' Pg 245. Ralph ran and ran, he noticed a pair of legs which were the legs of the navel officer. The savages stopped at once as they saw the officer and the boat. The Officer and the boat signify the war on the island reaching global significance. The officer seemed calm about this. When he asked if any were killed and Ralph nodded he knew 'when people were telling the truth'. Percival didn't know what to say, all that had been there in his mind, which knew what to say was gone, they were savages now although not savage enough to attack an adult. If there were an adult on the island, none of these things would have happened because there would have been real live authority, which would be different from the conch. 'I should have thought that a pack of British boys' 'Would have put up a better show than that' Pg 248. He thought that they would have been able to do a lot better than they seemed to be. Ralph told him that they were organised at first but things changed as they went along. 'Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.' Pg 248. Ralph was upset that man lived to destroy and that he could not stop the darkness which lay in it, and that he could not bring back his true friend Piggy, who had been there for him since the start of the time they were on the island. ...read more.

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