The beastie in the book The Lord Of The Flies is the catalyzed for the boys which causes their inner beast to take over. The boys are surrounded by fear on the unknown island and thoughts of a snake-like beastie are how they manifest those fears. The thought of a beastie adds to their terrors and the lawless situation of the island until it is all too much and the order they made crashes down. Slowly but surely the boys start to turn into monsters under the pressure of the island and all the tumult and distress it holds. The beastie shows and represents this downward spiral of the boys going from civil to savage.
Every man has a beast inside of him, lacking knowledge or not accepting the beast within him will be his downfall. The beast is the most important symbol, plays a major role, and gains importance throughout Golding's Lord of the Flies. In the book the beast is used to represent the potential evil, fear of isolation, and primal savagery. Once character that sheds light of the beasties symbolism, as potential evil, is Palph. After Jack stole Piggy's glasses Ralph goes up to Jack's fortress and screams at him.
The usage of the boys’ fright of the beast helps justify Jack’s oppressive rule of the boys and the savagery he makes. He makes the beast like a type of god in order to spark the groups’ bloodlust and form a cult like perspective regarding the hunt. The boys’ faith in the beast creates a religious undertone in Lord of the Flies, since the boys’ numerous nightmares on the beast ultimately undertakes the formation of a solitary creature that they all fear and believe. Jack’s group harness this faith of the nightmare, by leaving the pig’s head on a stick as a gift and an offering to the beast. The skull symbolizes a type of religious object with phenomenal intellectual power, urging the boys to forsake their need for civilization and structure and fall into their savage and ferocious impulses.
When the storm comes, “A wave of restlessness set the boys swaying and moving aimlessly” and “the littluns began to run about, screaming.”(P187) Jack demands that savages do the ceremonial dance just as they do it before killing pigs to achieve a sense of security. Even “Piggy and Ralph […] found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society” (P187). However, Simon appears for his decision of sharing his discovery about the beast at this time, and this is absolutely inopportune. All of the boys, include Piggy and Ralph, brutally beat him to death. After this assembly, The boys are officially divided into two groups -- one is lead by Ralph and the other one is under Jack's control.
He slowly tortures Grendel and even lets him go in the hopes he bleeds to death. The desire for vengeance grows when the Geats decide to hang his arm from the rafters. Beowulf’s bloodlust is so excessive he tries to murder Grendel in the most inhumane ways, and even goes to the extent of sacrificing one of his own men to satisfy his need to kill the undying Grendel. In Atalanta, Meleager and Atalanta go hunting and caught so many animals that they even attracted Artemis’ unwanted attention. Artemis therefore grew upset and “molded a huge boar, mud-colored, with red evil eyes” (177) Atalanta and Meleager obviously slaughter an abundance of animals to get Artemis’ attention.
The dark figure turns out to be Simon. The boy’s intense fear of the beast clouds their judgement and makes them beat Simon to death immediately without any hesitation. The boys thought they were attacking the beast that they have been fearing this whole time. This situation shows how fear can take over someone and make them act how they normally would not, because these boys do not hate Simon or want to kill him but their fear ends up making them kill
The creatures curiosity leads him to abuse and cruelty and he instantly labels all humans as being that way. This experience allow the creature to realize his lack of a nurturing environment. When he meets Frankenstein’s younger brother he is called an “ogre” and a “hideous monster” (). Being constantly mistreated and not understanding why, causes the creatures to do such ill deeds. The creature begins killing and hurting others due to being faced with violence himself.
The boys, led by Jack, are chanting “kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood” (69). The use of such violent words like “kill” and “cut” being applied to a dead pig show the group’s personalities slowly starting to become more
In the novel Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, it shows that the essence of man is evil and unacceptable. A group of boys get stranded on an island where they make the most of their situation, and ultimately turn on each other. One of the boys, named Jack, proves Golding’s point that the essence of man is terrible by behaving and acting like a savage. He and Ralph frequently intervene and try to assert dominance to become the leader of their tribe. Jack shows the essence of man is corrupt by his loss of innocence, his behavior like a dictator, and his uncivilized acts.
In the end of the novel, Jack turns from hunting pigs to hunting Ralph. This futile pursuit exemplifies the double-sided spear of the id. Overall, the change in Jack’s character shows the never ending spiral of violence. In the beginning of the novel, Jack’s only goal is to hunt and kill a pig. He is “the most obvious leader”, and thrives on the need for violence(16).