• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Beast . In Lord of the Flies, the beast is introduced to create an element of fear in the idyllic island. It shows how fear will change the boys and catalyse their descent into savagery.

Extracts from this document...


What do you think is the importance of the Beast in Lord of the Flies? Write about: - Ideas that the boys have about the .beast. - What the Beast may symbolise - How Golding presents the Beast. [27 marks] In 'Lord of the Flies', the beast is introduced to create an element of fear in the idyllic island. It shows how fear will change the boys and catalyse their descent into savagery. When first introduced, the 'beastie' is a 'snake-thing'. The 'snake' could be a reference to the Devil, in the form of a snake, tempting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. During the boy's explanation, he says that he saw the beast 'in the dark'. ...read more.


Golding shows this by the repetition of Ralph's dialogue: 'there isn't a beast'. Simon is the first to consider that the beast is 'one of us'. He is used by Golding as a vehicle for his expression that the only fear man should have is the fear of the 'darkness of man's heart'. Golding uses Simon to convey his message as he is shy, which draws significance and attention to anything he says. However, the boys don't appreciate Simon's insight and say it's 'batty'. Further on in the novel, the beast is said to come 'out of the sea'. Golding uses the sea metaphorically as an 'impenetrable' wall between society and the island; the beast is present in society, but it's suppressed. The beast is also used for the boys' sake of a distraction. ...read more.


Given that Simon is an innately good person, not tempted in the slightest by evil instincts, he has faith in humanity and that, like him, they will choose good over evil. The fact that he 'mumbles' it is another example of his clear insight being ignored. In an attempt to please the beast, Jack gives the beast a 'gift', the pig's head. This is Jack's first actual acknowledgement of the beast. By presenting it with a gift, Jack's own fear is confirmed. However, it's ironic that the beast, a personification of evil impulses' is given, as a gift, the head, a result of these same impulses. Additionally, by gifting the beast, the hunters are treating it like a totemic god, perhaps a religious reference to them discarding their Christian values for satanic. The pig's head is then used as a means for Simon to 'communicate' with evil. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The descent into savagery in lord of the flies.

    4 star(s)

    he feels guilt and will not hit the boy but will eventually be the one who pushes a boulder onto piggy as a kind of symbol that he has lost his conscience.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Explore the various factors which contribute to the downfall of the boys society on ...

    3 star(s)

    his inability to give a reason for this belief, actually led to the creation of the beast better known as fear. The fear then became worse, when the boy with the mulberry coloured birthmark disappeared; although the boy is quickly forgotten, it was impossible for anything to offer comfort.

  1. Themes, Motifs, and Symbols - Themes are the fundamental concepts addressed and explored in ...

    This notion will take on symbolic clarity later in the book, when the other boys, mistaking Simon for the beast, fall upon him and kill him like animals, with their bare hands and teeth. Chapter 6 Summary In the darkness late that night, Ralph and Simon carry the littluns back to the shelter before going to sleep.

  2. In what ways does Golding present the boys decline into savagery?

    However he is beaten to death as he speaks. Golding shows an immediate contrast at the end of this scene, the ritual is ferocious and vile, while the burial is strikingly beautiful. Golding creates a sense of rhythm and majesty of the universe with phrases like 'somewhere over the darkened curve of the world the sun and moon were pulling and while the solid core turned'.

  1. lord of flies essay - importance of the beast

    By the littun describing the creature when it is first seen as a 'snake thing' it is clear to the reader that this creature will be the destruction of them all. Golding did this so that the reader can relate this 'snake thing' to the snake in the bible which

  2. Analysis of Lord of the Flies.

    5. What, if anything, might the dead parachutist symbolize? Does he symbolize something other than what the beast and the Lord of the Flies symbolize? 6. The sow's head and the conch shell each wield a certain kind of power over the boys. In what ways do their powers differ?

  1. Lord of the Flies Essay How does Golding build up to the final ...

    The choir has a military style of discipline, which is more apparent than the disciplines of their religion, and they obey Jack when he gives orders. We become aware instantly of Jack's desire for power, and of the authority that he can command.

  2. The Importance of the Beast in Lord of the Flies.

    He has his own mind and doesn't really share it with anyone. But that's good and he's fearless of most things so doesn't let the beast bother him. The first imagery of this 'Beast' is in the second chapter. Ralph has called a meeting to discuss rules and the jobs that have to be done around the island.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work