The Beast and the Conch Throughout the novel Lord of the Flies, the young boys on the deserted island face various struggles that test their humanity and innocence. When the boys crash, the protagonist, Ralph, finds a conch. This conch is used to establish order and creates the basis of their society. All is well until rumors of a beast begin to circulate, instilling fear in the children. Panicked and distraught, the group splits and spirals into savagery.
The fear that the boys have of being alone in the island is reconciled with the beastie. The beastie is a scapegoat for their fear of isolation, the littluns convince themselves that the beastie is around rather than face the fact that they are truly alone on this island, this disconnection with reality is what allows the littluns rationalize the beastie without seeing it. The next event in Lord of the Flies that shows how the beast is used to represents fear of isolation is the pig's head explaining the beast to Simon. After the feast Simon goes into the woods to his oasis but sees the pig's head and has an epileptic attack and the pig talks to him. “Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!” said the head.
They murder, they torture, they engage in warfare, they seek revenge. Humans, at their core, are truly a twisted, evil species. This concept prevails strongly in Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, published in 1954. The timeless novel tells the story of a large group of boys who are marooned on a deserted island during an attempt to flee from the dangers of World War II. Their plane crashes and the boys are left with no adults, no supplies, and must attempt to build a civilization from nothing.
Why things are what they are?” (143). This quote suggests that the beast is inside in each of the boys. Also, when Simon was about to tell the boys the epiphany he experienced, the boys thought he was the beast and killed him. This tragic occurrence manifests how the beast is
The instincts of young boys takes over the boys minds through the symbolism of the beast. Their minds have been completely taken over by fear, a need for protection and the need to kill. The boys have become almost pure animal. The boys succumbed to their instincts when they killed simon, chanting a death song. While the boys give into their instincts and believe that they are fighting a monster and are doing what is good.
On that island, a group of school had crashed after having their plane shot down during World War Two when evacuating their school. The ever changing meaning of the intricate monster, a very controversial topic, includes the worst qualities and things that come with being a human throughout the book. As said by Samuel Hynes,”The meaning of the book depends on the meaning of the ‘Beast.’” Fear is first represented by the “Beast”. In lines five and six of “The terrors of the unknown”(Doc A), the author claims,”They (the children) externalize these fears into the figure of a ‘Beast.’” Additionally, in “Now he says it was a beastie”(Doc B) the text says,”He says the beastie came in the dark… He was dreaming… He must of had a nightmare…” Both of these quotes clearly show how the creature represents fear. Left alone on an island without parents, the children on the island had no one to rid them of their fears.
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.
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, is a classic novel about a group of schoolboys stuck on an island where fear and savagery consumes them. From the beginning of the book to the last page fear has a prominent role in the novel. Fear in the book manifests itself with many thoughts including what the littluns refer to as the beast, and the fear of not getting home. Fear leads some of the boys to make regrettable decision and it also leads Jack to a position of power. In Lord of the Flies by William Golding fear dominates the island that the boys are stranded on and this fear leads the boys to positions of power and influences some of the boys to make regrettable decisions.
In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, symbolism is used to depict a greater meaning within the objects that appear throughout the novel. One of the recurring symbols is the scar created in the story. The scar is created when the plane that the boys were in crashed onto the island. This was meant to represent man destroying nature simply by entering it. “Beyond falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between the scar and the sea” (page 29).
Golding uses children’s fear on a remote island to prove that often the thing that is dreaded most comes from one’s mind. Unfortunately, dreams often make fear come alive. The boys first discover this fact after the first declaration of a beast. It starts with the “littluns”, “[who] dream…as if the beastie is real”(52), but