The beast, in "Lord of the Flies", is a very important figure. He is first introduced near the beginning of the story and only reveals himself in the end, to only one boy-Simon. The beast was evil and played its part in the storys plot well. It gave the story a greater sense of realism; it played up the savagery and the pain taking over the boys lives. The beast itself represented many things in the novel and changed as the book went on. The beast created the fear in the boys that changed them drastically, for the worst.
As the beast was not a physical character it represented itself through many forms. It portrayed itself, firstly, as the boys human id. Goldings main theme for Lord of the Flies was to explain and prove how man would turn savage if he were not kept in a civilisation with rules and laws. The boys inner evil had grown naturally, without their knowledge, because they had been taken out of civilization. Their childhood innocence had been destroyed by that darker side.
Fear was associated with the beast and vice-versa. The boys fear was caused by the unknown. The boys were afraid of what they did not know or could not see, like how the littluns felt in the dark. Chapter four page 64 Golding: They suffered untold terrors in the dark and huddled together for comfort. In their minds their image of what or who the beast is grows together with their fear for it. The more they feared it the scarier and more powerful it became. As their terror for the beast grew inside their heads so did their interpretation of the beast. The beast in the boys imagination became very real to them; they believed in it and had a deep fear for it. It became a vicious cycle in their thoughts because the more they feared the beast the bigger it became and the bigger it becomes the more fear they had for it.
Simon was the first of the boys to find out what the beast really is. In one of Ralphs meetings, while they were discussing what the beast may be, he spoke up and...
Throughout the novel Lord Of The Flies, the boys on the island are constantly faced with various fears. However there is nothing on the island which they fear more than the beast. In Lord Of The Flies, the theme of the beast is extremely important. The beast represents the way in which man will try to convince himself that there is no evil inside of him by making someone or something else seem to be the cause for the evil. There are many examples of evidence to support this throughout the book, but first it is necessary to outline the rise of the beast and the evil within the boys.
Talk of a dangerous presence emerged on the very first day on the island, when a little boy with a mulberry-coloured birthmark on his face informed everyone of a "beastie," which he apparently saw on the previous night. At the time, this was dismissed by the older boys as his imagination, but even at that early stage it was evident that the younger children were troubled by the little boy's words. It must be noted at this point that there was no definite physical appearance to the beast because it was assumed to be the over-active imagination of little children at work. At the same time it is obvious that Golding uses the early chapters in the book to set the scene for the chaos and terror of the beast that follows....
...An Analysis of the Beast in Golding’s The Lord of the Flies
The Anglo American poet, W.H. Auden, once claimed that “evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our table.” The British author William Golding expresses this idea of inner, or innate, evil in his novel The Lord of the Flies. In The Lord of the Flies, a group of British boys, who have recently crashed onto a deserted but Eden-like island, to govern themselves, uses their pubescent knowledge of their former democratic civilization to horrendously unfruitful results. Throughout the novel, Golding regularly points out, sometimes explicitly and sometimes through symbolism, that the reason for their descent into bloodthirsty savages is attributed to his belief that all men are bloodthirsty savages inside, an inborn, genetic factor. The most prominent symbol reflecting this innate savagery is the beast, a fictional entity that wreaks fear and chaos within the ranks of British schoolboys. The beast, first mentioned in the early exposition of the novel, starts out as a passing fear by a young boy, who is laughed at by the population, but quickly evolves into a symbol of paranoia, and eventually is ascended into an angry deity whom the boys, namely Jack and his followers, try to please by offerings of crude sacrifices. The evolution of the beast as a...
In The Lord of the Flies, the beast goes through many transformations throughout the book, and has literal and symbolic meanings that further describe it. When the boy with the birth mark on his face first sees the beast, he claims that he, “[saw] a snake-thing […] in the dark” (31). The reality of the beast to the boy is that of a snake or vine, but it really just represents his fears, and how they take control of what he thinks is real and what isn’t. After jack comes back from a day’s hunting, he describes being alone as, “a feeling [that you’re] being hunted, as if something is behind you all the time in the jungle” (47). Jack claims that the thing watching him is a hunter or predator, but it actually just symbolizes the feeling he has in the situation that he’s in. Percival, a littlun, tries to tell Ralph where he thinks the beast lives and states that, “the beast comes out of the sea, [a squid]” (81). The figure they think they see in the water really just represents a dark shape or animal. As the twins Sam and Eric tend to the fire on the mountain, they look over the edge, only to see, “the beast, there were eyes, teeth claws” (93). What they really saw was a parachutist, that parachutist symbolizes their fears taking a human form that scares the daylights out of them. After Jack, Simon, Roger and the other hunters...
...Lord of the Flies Symbolism Project
1. “You’re a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!” (Golding 252).
2. “I expect the beast disguised itself” (Golding 225).
3. “’ ‘Course there isn’t a beast in the forest. How could there be? What would a beast eat?’ ‘Pig.’ ‘We eat pig.’” (Golding 83).
4. “’Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!’” (Golding 143).
5. “’No go, Piggy. We’ve got no fire. That thing sits up there – we’ll have to stay here.’” (Golding 129).
6. “’ Be frightened because you’re like that - but there is no beast in the forest.’” (Golding 83).
7. “But a sign came down from the world of grown-ups, though at the time there was no child awake to read it. There was a sudden bright explosion and corkscrew trail across the sky; then darkness again and stars. There was a speck above the island, a figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs.” (Golding 95).
[Simon] "What I mean is… maybe it’s only us” (Golding 120).
In the Lord of the Flies, much of the boys’ trouble is due to the “beast” on the island. In this quote, Simon explains his feeling that the beast is within the boys themselves. After all, belief in the beast first came from the worries of a...
...How is violence presented in Lord of the Flies?
Planning (remember to get quotes):
Setting -> This island -> pathetic fallacy, descriptions
Binary oppositions: Civilisation vs savagery (breakdowns). Zoomorphism
Binary oppositions: Dictatorship vs democracy (juxtapositions)
Deaths of Simon and Piggy – animalistic, savage chanting, violent behaviour when they let their temptations get the better of them.
Simon and thebeast?
Conclusion – end of the novel
William Golding explores the theme of violence throughout his novel ‘Lord of the Flies’. He believed that every individual has the potential to bring out their inner evil, and that every human being is flawed in their nature. Hence, he wrote a novel with an aim to employ characterisation of mankind’s essential sickness, after his time spent in war. He also aimed to challenge Ballantyne’s ‘Coral Island’. ‘Lord of the Flies’ presents the helpless and violent breakdown – along with devolution, of civilisation on the island by using authoritative symbolism, metaphorical imagery and biblical references to reinforce this loss of humanity in this corrupt regime.
In the exposition of the novel, we are familiarised with the setting of the island – which begins as a utopia for the boys, with “the shimmering water”. This has paradisiacal connotations, showing the island to be an obvious place of...
...truly see honesty as, and that is not being true to other people. In the beginning of Lord of the Flies, they have to create a set of rules in which they have to live under. “ We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything.” This quote is showing that you have to be honest towards the rules or else society (or the group of children0 will become savage. Also throughout the book you see them slowly ignoring the rules, and while they do that they become more savage and savage. Overall I believe that honesty is a very important trait to have if your trying to function in society because it will help show who you really are as a person.
I think that being hardworking is one of the best traits that a person can have. When I came to believe that hard working is one of the best traits a person can have is when I studied our founding fathers. If they wouldn’t have been hardworking then we might not be here today. I contribute this trait to society by being the hardest working person I can be. ‘’’ A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.’’’ This quote is showing that with out hard work or determination dreams cannot be achieved. It is also showing that if you have a dream, that magic wont help. Only hard work and determination will get you there. In the book Lord of the Flies, piggy is very...
Lord of the Flies chapter 5-8
1.”He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life, where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one’s waking life was spent watching one’s feet”(page 76, line 7)This is great example of author style as it’s a very good sentence that shows his style of writing which is to get the point across very strong as he shows in the quote above, he also makes a very good word choice to describe how Ralph over with astonishment and figured out that everything happens for a reason. After the quote is said by ralph he stops, and remembers that first enthusiastic exploration as though it were part of a brighter childhood then after smiled.
2.”The thing is-fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream. There aren’t any beasts to be afraid of on this island” ( page 82, line 39)As jack said very direct at the kids that were scared of this monster creature thing, he calls them out by after saying “serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies!” This is an example of tone as this was happening jack didn’t have the conch so he wasn’t able to talk out loud, but as the story said “Jack took no notice….” So this also tells us that we was very straight forward and at one point yelled to get his point across because as he the only one that wants to kill this creature as the beginning of this story but later on doesn’t believe this monster isn’t real....
...Lord of the Flies:
Good versus Evil
In Lord of the Flies, many times I was amazed how William Golding separated the group of boys on the Island, each both representing two symbols in today’s society. The two symbols that were most present throughout the book were good and evil. The good represent in the book was by Ralph, Simon, and Piggy; and Jack and the other boys who followed behind him while stranded on the island represented the bad. As I was reading the book many questions popped into my head as far as what is good and what is evil? Many people debate about the topic for centuries in which one great example is the Bible’s interpretation. All over the world many people debate on their religion’s beliefs and question what is good, what is evil, and how do we know that we are doing the right thing in some difficult situations. We could debate for years on end without ever reaching a conclusion. But however, many people agree that every person has inherent two sides; one side that is good; and one side that is evil. In this sense of inherent good and evil in every human Golding tried to warn many people who read the novel to protect society from the evil side that we all contain.
William Golding in the novel really exaggerated the fact that the boys on the island, like any other person, inherent good and evil. In the beginning of the novel, the book explains the boys are sophisticated and well-mannered...