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How does Golding convey the differences between Jack, Simon and Ralph in the conflict of the nature of the beast towards the end of chapter 5?

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Essay Question-How does Golding convey the differences between Jack, Simon and Ralph in the conflict of the nature of ?the beast? towards the end of chapter 5? In chapter five, Golding uses the idea of ?the beast? to portray the conflict between the characters Jack, Simon and Ralph. Each character has a different point of view regarding the nature of ?the beast.? The character of Ralph does not agree with the idea of the beast, he thinks rationally and knows that a beast cannot exist. He wants all of the other characters boys to get their priorities straight as he has realised that they are all being side tracked from their main aim of getting rescued and are getting caught up in other small matters. We can see this from where it says ?Ralph, seated, this seemed the breaking up of sanity,? this shows that Ralph is feeling helpless and frustrated and is losing his authority. ...read more.

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William Golding presents the character of Simon as one that lacks confidence. We can see this from where it says, ?but to speak in assembly was a terrible thing to him,? this shows that Simon is a character that likes to take a back seat and observe situations, he does not like to be the centre of attention. This makes him very different from the character of Jack who craves attention. When Simon finally plucks up the courage to speak he says ?maybe it?s only us,? from here Golding conveys that Simon is a character who has a deep insight. He tries to express that the idea of a beast is only fear that is alive within everyone, he compares fear to excrement, it is a part of nature and it needs to be dealt with. ...read more.

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In addition to this, Golding shows the negative development in the character of Jack where it says ?Bollocks to the rules!? This shows that Jacks demons have completely taken over him and he has a lack of respect for rules, he often tends to break them unlike the character of Ralph who appreciates them as he knows that they keep order and civilisation. Furthermore, Golding shows Jacks love for violence where it says ? If there?s a beast, we?ll hunt it down!? this shows that Jack is always looking for an opportunity to hunt as it gives him a sense of power and authority, he believes in using force to gain and maintain powers and by hunting he achieves this. Overall, Golding shows the difference in the characters of Ralph, Simon and Jack through the conflict of the nature of the beast. He presents them all with very different personalities, Ralph is rational, Simon is a character with a deep insight and Jack is over powering. ...read more.

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