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Lord of the Flies Essay "Where's the beast? Lets kill it!" - How wrong Jack was with this quote relating to the larger meaning of the novel.

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Lord of the Flies Essay " Where's the beast? Lets kill it!" How wrong Jack was with this quote relating to the larger meaning of the novel. Lord of the Flies, awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, is considered a modern classic. What makes this novel so interesting and realistic is the fact that it parallels with and is an allegory to the real world. In the novel, there is one ever present and on-going theme. The theme of evil. This is one of the stronger, and more important themes of the novel. This theme seems to spark off at the beginning of the novel, as the novel continues the evil continues to get stronger, finally the boys end up in a hell on earth. The island is burning, everything once beautiful is now being destroyed, being replaced by evil and darkness. The evil develops through many factors, the boys inexperience, poor leadership and through some of the characters (e.g. Jack), however the most prominent factor is the beast. ...read more.

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Simon, because of his understanding doesn't fear the beast, but instead he can see it for what it really is "Maybe there isn't a beast... maybe it's only us." Simon is depicted as a prophet and a seer, this is shown when he tells Ralph "You'll get back to where you came from.", this hints that Simon has an insight Ralph doesn't. . He can see that the beast is really inside everyone. When you apply the quote, to the true meaning of the beast, what Jack say's show's his lack of understanding. "Where's the beast?", this shows that Jack does not even know where the beast can be found, so he is easily tempted by it, being too blinded with violence and savagery to see the truth. This relates to the second part of the quote "Lets kill it!". First of all, Jack's savage and evil side stands out, before anything else he will resort to violence to solve any problems. This is yet another of evil that is evoked from the beast. ...read more.

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Golding believed that savagery was always in mankind, and dwelled inside humanity, however it needed an extreme situation to surface and cause a transformation for even the most innocent of us, in this case children. For the boys, the fear of the unknown, combined with their inexperience caused the fear of the beast. This fear was allowed to grow, because they could not accept the notion of the beast, nor could they let go of it. Their attempts to resolve this fear were not enough to convince themselves. Eventually this fear took a hold on them, and led them further into savagery and unearthed their evil. Ironically, their fear of an external representation of the beast eventually unleashed the beast within. Therefore, Jack was so wrong with his quote. Killing the beast would resolve nothing. The beast was evil. Killing, another act of evil. You cannot get rid of evil with evil, as you are just creating more evil. This is what ultimately brought the downfall of civilization and order on the island, and along came anarchy, chaos and evil, all products of the beast within them. Bartek Les ...read more.

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