Significance of the Beast in William Golding's Lord of the Flies

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Significance of the Beast in William Golding's Lord of the Flies

The beast represents emotions, fear and insanity for several different

characters in the story Lord Of The Fies. To all the boys the beast

relates to a different thing and means something different.

The talk of danger on the island is first brought up on the first day

when a small boy claims he saw a 'beastie.' the previous night the

older boys don't listen to what the boy has to say and continue their

daily discussions. As a group there are mixed feelings about the beast

the older boys used the word 'fear' to describe the beast I feel they

did this so they didn't sound immature, by believing in monsters

however the younger boys showed there fear openly by crying. As more

and more of the littleuns cry out in their sleep even the biguns begin

to wonder whether there is in fact a beast.

The beast to jack is something to hunt down kill and make him self

look brave he goes on a hunt in search of the beast this does not help

the littleuns has he is completely contradicting Ralph who is trying

not to frighten them and it will make the littluns feel more

vulnerable ifthey feel that their leader is unreliable.

The littleuns think of the beast as a monster something that can harm

them, and to them the beast is something they fear. Piggy is one of

the more intelligent boys in the book he thinks in a very practical

scientific way and finds the beast hard to believe Ralph partly feels

the same way as piggy but however has mixed views on the subject.

Ralph laughs when they mention the beast and tries to convince the

littluns it's not real to reassure them. Whereas Jack views the beast

as something t hunt and kill Simon sees it as understanding he sees

himself in the beast and it has inner feelings which Simon could never

let out in front of the boys for fear of becoming even more of an
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