Savagery In Lord Of The Flies Dbq Essay

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Envision this: you’re a young schoolboy on an island with other boys your age, no parents, and a beast. What could this beast possibly be though? In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, young schoolboys have run away from their homes to fend-off rules and wind up coming in contact with a beast. This beast evolves throughout the story and appears to symbolize a multitude of things.
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,
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In Document E, Simon finds an airman that had crash landed and was “rotting and fly-blown”. Simon then has an epiphany. What if the beast isn’t fear or war, but something a little more complicated. Maybe the beast is savagery of humans. Savagery meaning an uncivilized or inhuman state or condition. Then, in Document F, Simon again comes to question what the beast really is. It states that Simon hesitantly says that “maybe the beast is us”. Meaning him and the other boys living on the island. When reading down further in Document F, there is a chant. “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!” What could these boys possibly be chanting this about? Continuing on in the document, the thing that they are chanting this about is a human. “The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face. It was crying out against the abominable noise something about a body on a hill.” A body on a hill? Who could this be? Obviously, it has to be Simon. There was nobody else that knew about the deceased body that was found on the hill. Now it all comes into focus. The beast is proven here to be the savagery of
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