They were evacuating during the time shortly after World War II. Some of the younger boys claimed to see a “beastie” or a “snake-thing” at night. Many people are perplexed when it comes to the query: “What is the beast and what does it symbolize?” There are numerous definitions about what the ‘thing’ haunting the children signify and it evolves throughout the book. In the beginning, the beast represents the children’s fear. “The Terrors of the Unknown” says that the children “began to people the darkness of night and forest with spirits and demons”(Doc A).
Towards the beginning the boys were rational in thinking of a potential danger, a beastie, and they embodied it as a snake. But after a while the boys changed the beastie to absurd creatures, and use it to gain power over each other. They finally show it as Simon, who has just realized that the beast truly does not exist, and for this they kill him. All these things combined led to their unstable mental condition. Golding uses the beast as a source of fear in the boys, to bring out the evil and ability to be
The Beast that the boys talk about in Lord of the Flies is also a symbolic element. The beast represents the savage instinct that is within all humans. The Beast starts out as a figment of the younger children’s imagination. Then it starts to be believed in more and more. At the beginning of the novel the younger kids on the island talk about a beast.
Cut his throat! Spill his blood!’” The boys are so afraid that they are going to be hunted down by some “beast” that they pretend to be the hunter in order to shake off their fear that they are being hunted. Being the hunter in the game makes the boys feel powerful which takes away the fear
Nevertheless, he does remain as the last remnants of civilization until the ship arrives on the island. Although he did make it out of the forces of savagery, his new knowledge about mankind’s evil nature will change him forever, leaving him “weeping for the loss of innocence, and the darkness of man’s heart”
Characterisation is shown with Ralph displaying different concepts like leadership and order, Piggy, intelligence and reason, Simon kindness and Jack, savagery. As life on the island begins to spiral out of control and the boys descend into savagery, the boy’s split and chaos is at hand. Goldings novel also points out man-kinds ways for destruction. So, what do seemingly civilized people, children in this case, do when there are no more concrete rules to govern them? Both the Beast and the ‘Lord of the Flies’ are symbols representing the same thing – a manifestation for the evil and darkness within the children.
The beast is one of the best symbols that shows how the boys progress from civilization and let out their inner savagery. Simon expressing his belief says, “Maybe there is a beast… maybe it 's only us.” (Golding 82). A littlun complains about there being a beast that roams around at night, they all gather around to come up with strategies on how to fix the situations. Simon suggests the beast is the boys themselves, and at this point, the savagery is taking over them and they are becoming more and more uncivilized. Beasts are mainly described as wild animals.
The snake represents the symbol for fear but in reality there is no snake present. The story Lord of the Flies is a good representation of how people and especially young people can influence each other in many ways. This can either be positive or negative. In this case it has turned out negative as the boys have constantly tried to seek power and use fear as a tool to get that desperately wanted power. William Golding paints a very harsh picture of humanity.
I (Jack) was chosen." • "Why should choosing make any difference? Just giving orders that don't make any sense..." LOSS OF INNOCENCE: Another most prevalent theme is loss of innocence of human beings represented by children. “I think that’s the real loss of innocence: the first time you glimpse the boundaries that will limit your potential” (Steve Toltz) In Lord of the Flies the apparently innocent boys end up in murder and creating chaos on the whole island Through this theme Golding tries to prove that children are not always innocent, especially the boys of Coral Island can never exist. He proves that there is an animal instinct, which is innate which remains in human throughout their life.
William Goulding starts off the novel by placing a group of kids on an island. The kids are stranded on the island, alone and fearful. Already, Goulding creates a mood of impending darkness, cruelty and suspense. The theme of this novel is that “The defects in society are related to the defects in humanity”. The boys set rules and assign jobs, yet as time goes by, some boys are devolving and are breaking the rules which represents the defects in humanity, humans cannot stick to one thing for a long time.
However, the boys at the feast are still fearful of the fictitious beast and mistake Simon as it. Chanting “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!”, the boys are psyched and begin to leap and strike, bite, and tear at the “beast”. Golding addresses Simon as the beast to portray the boy’s perspective.