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Lord of the Flies.

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Introduction

Megan Davies Lord of the Flies Simon says, "maybe there is a beast" Ralph says, "maybe there isn't a beast" Jack says, " we'll make sure when we go hunting" How Does William Golding use the "beast" in the novel as a whole? The beast symbolizes the evil residing within everyone, the dark side of human nature. It is internal, inside the soul and mind of every boy. The beast evolves gradually throughout the novel, into The Lord of the flies, physically represented by the head of the slaughter sow. The boys have different ideas what the beast is, and there are various physical representations for it. All the boys apart from Simon see the beast as a real object on the island. The idea of a beast is brought up in chapter 5, at the point when the boys begin discussing their fear, from here on the boys become preoccupied with this idea or a beast which they believe to be some kind of animal. ...read more.

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The parachutist falling is a significant part of the novel in itself, it represents the end of adult supervision. It possesses a powerful image of prolonged death and becomes, to the boys, the beast. It also reminds us of the war going on in the real world. The wind lifts the parachute, moving the body up and down. This image is seen by Samneric who run away terrified to tell the rest of the boys about the "beast from the air". Jack sees this moving creature, but no one has the courage to check it is alive. The next image the boys believe to be the beast is Simon, who they attack and kill. However even after Simon is dead the beast still brings fear to them, and the nightmares continue. Simon is different to the other boys, he has a special connection with the beast- the parachutist- The Lord of the Flies, which are all one in each other. The events that surround him and his moral confrontation with The Lord of the Flies- or the beast are the most important in the book, being the basis of the theme of the novel. ...read more.

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The beast controls the boys, in the feelings they have and actions they make. The beast does not change the boys, it merle brings out the darker side of them which was there all along, only restrained by the confines of regulated society. If the beast represents the evil residing in all the boys it could be said that Jack and Roger, as the leaders and symbols of savagery and wrongdoing, have more of the beast inside them than the other boys. The effect the beast has upon the boys is to descend them into savagery, it brings them into the natural chaos of a society with no adults. Golding uses the effect of the beast to represent his belief that men are inherently evil. If left alone to fend for themselves men will revert back to their savage roots of ancestors. This is seen at the end of the novel, in the hunting of Ralph. Golding said the theme of the book was to trace problems of society back to the sinful nature of man. Political systems, he believed, can not govern society without taking into consideration to defects of human nature, governments were an ineffective way of keeping people together. ...read more.

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