Everyone will face evil at some point in their lives, but the way the evil is embraced or deflected will differ among every man. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, symbolism is used to communicate the theme of Understanding the Inhumanity/Inherent Evil of Man as represented through the double ended spear, the fire, and the Lord of the Flies. The spear represents the evil inside of humankind and the perception that killing and hurting each other out of anger is acceptable. Fire symbolizes the evil act of stealing to achieve a human wants. Lastly, the Lord of the Flies symbolizes the Inherent Evil of Man through demonstrating that a boy understood that the evil is within them instead of around them, and is not something that could be killed
F). The hostile behavior of the children themselves is demonstrative of the “beast,” showing how it symbolizes yet another concept. The “beast” cannot be confined in any one symbol alone, as it could represent a plethora of ideas. In Lord of the Flies, the “beast” first manifests itself through fear, when the marooned children “externalize these fears into the image of a ‘beast,’” (Doc. A).
They find what they think to be the “beast”, and attack it. “At once the crowd surged after it… leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore.” As the crowd dissipates, they “could see how small a beast it was.” It was in actuality Simon, who ironically died to what he came to tell them of. This savage nature that humanity was capable of was frequently alluded to by the book, and commented on by Golding himself, ultimately showing us the true meaning of the “beast”. Throughout “The Lord of the Flies”, the “beast” is ever present and ever changing. It manifests their fears, the war, then their savagery.
People are capable of something so harsh and tormenting that they could be considered monsters. Quite a few readers of the “Lord of the Flies” share controversy over the question “what does the beast represent?” Although it changes throughout the plot, the “beast” has three basic meanings. The creature symbolizes the fears of the boys on the island, the war that caused them to be stranded, and the savageness of the humans causing the
In the words of David Gemmell, “there is evil is all of us, and it is the mark of a man how he defies the evil within.” The beast in the novel starts as a symbol of fear and something that was ignored but ends up creating chaos and representing evil. In William Golding 's, Lord of the Flies, the boys making fun of the little boy for being scared of the beastie and the boys doubting Sam and Eric, Simons hallucination, and Simon 's death are evidence that show the evil and ignorance in the boys. There are many signs of ignorance towards the beast in the novel. One example of ignorance towards the beast is when the boys made fun of the little boy for being scared of the beast. When the little boy brought up the beast the first time, the older boys, “laughed and cheered,” (Golding.
The being that had blown that, had sat waiting for them on the platform with the delicate thing balanced on his knees, was set apart.” The sow’s head on the other hand, had a whole other meaning of power. It represented the power of evil and savagery. It symbolized all the evils and horrors of the world and frightened the boys a great deal. The conch gave them hope order and survival. The beast gave them anger, savagery, and death.
Augustine has many diffenrt definitions of what is evil but “evil must always be understood as a defect, a corruption, or a perversion of what was created good”(Lawhead 132). One of Augustine’s problems of evil is that of moral evil. Moral evil is “human perversity” or “genuine evil”(Lawhead 132) because all other evil is apparently evil but “moral evil is the product of the human will”(Lawhead 132). The Monster has been deprived true goodness and love ever since his creation because his creator hated him from the moment he saw him. The Monster according to Augustine would be part of moral evil.
Grendel, or Anxiety? In today’s society, we face many monsters that cause us to become fearful and weak when faced with a challenge. In the epic Beowulf translated by Burton Raffel, Grendel is a miserable monster who causes pain upon faultless people, and is motivated by their pain. Today’s monsters may not be actual creatures, but they do cause the same terrifying effects on people, symbolizing evil in our society. Anxiety, like Grendel causes you to feel alone, attacks innocent people, and creates jealousy of others happiness.
Different events in the book, prove that the monster is impressionable and afraid. Everyone describe Grendel from his physical appearance. For example, "When a man-eating beast meets an epic hero (Coleman 24)" was the title of an play. The title described Grendel as a beast because of his appearance and the way humans looked at Grendel. Grendel