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The beast - the novel "Lord of the Flies" Golding

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The beast Throughout the novel "Lord of the Flies" Golding uses many objects or characters in the island to represent ideas or actions in the real world. For example, the conch, that represents order and democracy, Piggy, that represents knowledge and morality, the scar, that represents man's destruction, and an infinite list. However, there is one important symbol in spite of the fact it is not a physical object: the beast. The beast represents the way people will make something outside themselves evil, so that within them the image stays good. It can also represent paranoia and fear. This allows people to avoid the responsibility of looking inside themselves, but to look for something traditionally symbolic towards evil, such as snakes, the "beastie", the Lord of the Flies, which is in fact just part of imagination and fear. The first day, a "little boy with a mulberry-coloured birthmark" talks about a dangerous presence in the island, a "beastie" that he apparently saw the night before. ...read more.


The boys seemed to be each time more and more violent, for example in their rituals. With Jack, to some extent, it seemed that the evil had started to take control over him. During a meeting in Chapter five, the talk about ghosts and of a beast emerges. Most of the boys agreed that there was some sort of evil present in the island. Simon is the only one to realise that there is no beast, but just a form of evil or savagery inside all of us, that could manifest in many different ways, but he could not get this point across. This meeting also meant the definite split between two groups in the island. Next, a physical form was given to the beast: a dead fighter pilot. When he was discovered, he was said to be the beast for various reasons. First of all, the boys were continuously looking for some kind physical form that they could call the beast, this way they could convince themselves that the beast didn't lie within them. ...read more.


Unfortunately, at this point the evil emerged among the boys and Simon was mistaken by the beast, and was brutally killed in a ritual. This is a very important part of the novel as it could mean that the evil was starting to take control of the boys' minds. Towards the end of the novel, chaos and anarchy became rife. Golding described this like "a world were insanity and evil rule." It was even possible that the boys saw Ralph as the beast, and that is why he was being hunted down like a pig. Golding chooses Ralph not to die, and possibly evil to loose. It is very important that the only reason that the boys start to realise what they have done is because of the arrival of an adult figure on the island, which allows order to be restored. Defects exist in any society, and they are usually caused by human nature- Golding sees this as undeveloped human evil. This is the beast. In this novel, Golding expresses what the thinks would occur, if with the right set of circumstances, the beast will reveal within society and bring corruption, anarchy, chaos and savagery. ...read more.

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