At this time the boys did not know that it was Simon, they simply beat him because they were afraid and they assumed it was a monster. The godly figure that the boys fear in “The Lord of the Flies” is shadow on the mountain. The boys begin to fear the shadow. The boys begin to fear this shadow, and treat it almost as a God, they even begin to leave it offerings. In the chrysalids this figure is their God.
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.
At the beginning of the story the boys are very scared and confused on where they are because this place is a unknown entity they have no clue what could be on the island and how they are going to survive. This is symbolism of human instinct, because when people encounter unknown experiences they start to freak out and make irrational decisions on easy problems with simple solutions. This occurs most in Jack because he wants to be the leader of the group of boys but when Ralph gets leader he tries to sabotage it in different ways by creating more fear and promoting protection of the group from “The beast”. “If you’re hunting sometimes… you can feel as if you’re not hunting, but being hunted”. While Simon is still scared he is not making irrational decisions, he is trying to figure out how to survive and follow orders and creating shelters and fire.
In actuality, fear can force people to come up with these excuses for the things that frighten them and in return, prepare them for the worst which will be seen through frightening imaginary figures, activities the boys partake on the island and the increasing loss of civilization throughout the novel. Fear is a strong emotion that has the capability to push people out of their norms and become inhumane. After all attempts by Ralph to keep a civilized society on the island, all hope was just lost after fear was instilled. Fear caused these boys to make bad choices and become savages. Relating back to the real world, it has been identified that people want to show they are good and kind hearted but everyone has this dark evil side hidden deep in them.
Living on the island alone turns out to not be as marvelous as the boys had at first deliberated. Notwithstanding, they begin to fear a beast in the forest, and eventually, they begin to wonder if there is legitimately a beast, or if it is only them. When forced to survive on their own, the young boys in “The Lord of the Flies” find themselves asking whether they are humans, animals, or savages. Consequently, they behave in a barbarian way; all human attributes seem to have disappeared. While I was growing up, my cousins and I often found ourselves battling “to the death” for ludicrous reasons.
Initially, the beast represented fear. According to “The Terrors of the Unknown” (Doc. A), “They externalize these fears into the figure of a beast”. “They” would be referring to the boys stranded on the island. The unfortunate boys are left without a motherly figure when times got fearful.
First, a boy is gruesomely murdered out of fear that he is a beast. Next, another boy is killed while trying to keep the island civilized so that the boys may soon become rescued. Lastly, the boys are rescued but finally realize that the only thing they should have been fearing was fear itself. This relates to our society today because there are many times where people make irrational decisions out of fear of the unknown. This novel teaches us that even though fear may blind us we need to make rational decisions no matter the
They had lots of disscusions on the beastie and the fear towards the beatie was too immense for the boys. They were slowly forgetting about the outside world once the boy considered the dead parachutist as the beastie and not as a parachutist. Chapter 8 1. Why do the boys refuse to vote for Jack as chief but slip off to join him later?
As it is known, a beast is frequently associated with fear. As the English boys are on the island that they have run away to, it is shown that they encounter things that petrify them. Found in Document A is that the boys externalize their fears into the figure of a beast. Also stated in Document A, is that a mother’s job is to “dispel the terrors of the unknown”. In other words,
After pondering how best to rule as a leader, legendary philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli considered that “People will be less likely to conspire against someone they fear than someone they love.” As a result he determined that it is “much safer to be feared than loved”. Throughout the course of time history has proven this to be true time and time again. From the ancient egyptians to dictators like Joseph Stalin, ruthless dictators have proven that fear is an excellent way to maintain control of a large group of people. This principle is shown in William Golding's Lord of the flies, when a large group of british boys is stranded on an island.