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The Importance of the Beast in Lord of the Flies.

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The Importance of the Beast in Lord of the Flies This essay is about the importance of the Beast in Lord of the Flies. In it I will speak about the first mention of the 'Beast' and about Ralph, Jack, Piggy and Simon's reactions to it and the fact that it changes into different things (different images from different people). Also I will talk about how Golding creates this creature and what it is portrayed as. Ralph's reaction to the 'beast' is first that it can't be real there is no such thing, but then as things start happening he gets scared and the 'beast creature' plays on his mind, until he actually goes up the mountain. Once he went up the mountain he believed properly, but he believes anything he sees that slightly resembles the 'beast'. The fact that Ralph said the same thing as the twins means he may have not actually seen its face and believes Sam n Eric because that's what he think it looks like. Jack's reactions to the 'beast' is first that it can't be real there is no such thing, just like a Ralph but with all the talk of them an the ghost talk he starts believing it but thinks he is better than it and decides to hunt it. When he gets to the top of the mountain he comes straight back down, now he's not as good as he thinks so Ralph and Roger accompany him and they end up all running back down. ...read more.

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Jack starts the Beast thing again but he is trying to reassure everyone that there is no beast and that you can be scared sometimes but there is no 'beast'. He assured everyone that if there was a beast he and his hunters would hunt and kill it. The second image of this beast comes in one of the littluns dreams. He says that he was fighting the 'twisty things in the trees'. Also he said when he woke up something was moving in the trees. This something was actually Simon going off to his 'special place', which no one knew about till now. Then another boy says that the beast came out of the sea, but this is also an image that his father could have put into his head because he says 'Daddy said they haven't found all the animals in the sea yet.' This added to the wild imaginations of these children could make a beast from nothing. Then someone says 'maybe it's some sort of ghost' this causes a stir up. Ralph and Jack don't believe in the ghost thing and so tell people to save it till daylight or they will be having nightmares, then asks 'Who thinks there maybe ghosts?' and actually starts considering maybe there is. The third image of the 'beast' comes in chapter six when a parachutist drops from his burning plane. ...read more.

Conclusion

all of these were Simon's inner thoughts. He couldn't decide whether to go with Ralph or Jack. The head said 'I am the Beast'. Simon suffers from epilepsy and he starts having a fit and starts hallucinating because of the heat. He starts thinking he's inside the head of the pig, and then loses consciousness. The last sighting of the beast is when Ralph and the rest of the boys are invited to a feast by Jack. By this time its pitch black so they all do their dancing and acting's to keep them occupied and they are so caught up in the act they hear something in the bush and think it's the beast. In fact its Simon trying to tell them the beast isn't real but there making too much noise and cant hear him. They kill him with spears and he is left dead. The boys suddenly realize what they have done but he's dead. He washes away with the tide and that is the end of the beast. In this novel Golding uses the boys' imagination, daydreams, nightmares to show us their fears and desires. These things illuminate the sense of loss and their need for security. Failing exists in any society and it is usually caused by the failing of human nature - what Golding sees as the existence but of undeveloped evil in life. This is the 'Beast'. What happens in this novel is the example of how, in the right set of circumstances, the beast will reveal itself and bring a lack of integrity and corruption. ...read more.

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