As Simon returns from his hallucination he sees the man in the parachute that brought fear to the savages. Simon again tries to tell people the truth of the beastie, but falls short. Because the group of boys don’t understand fear, they sadly rip Simon up thinking he was the beast. Simon’s wisdom of the truth can also be compared to Jesus ' knowledge about the true Beast. Like Simon, Jesus also went on a journey and was challenged by the devil.
In Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses the psychology behind fear as the source of all the boys’ malevolence and primal savagery. Basic emotions are natural instinctive states of
At the beginning of the story, Ralph gives Jack authority and power, so there there is equality within the group. Also, Ralph never followed the idea of hunting, because he thought it was savage, but soon learns to appreciate hunting when a boar attacked the group, and Ralph kills it. Evaluation of Behavior (your thoughts): He very well uses his power and his good looks to become the leader. He shows much civilized characteristics compared to Jack. He always goes ahead of the group, and pushes himself to do something that he doesn’t want to for the greater good.
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
He demonstrates empathy regarding the beast because Simon understands the boys' unshakable fear of the beast and works to resolve the issue. Simon is also sympathetic to the outcasts, like Piggy. For instance, "He went crouching and feeling over the rocks but Simon, who got there first, found them for him. Passions beat about Simon on the mountain-top with awful wings. " This quote suggests that Simon's character is passionate and understands the building tension and the boys' anger, but is set apart from it, preferring to show compassion to Piggy when Simon picks up his glasses for him.
I know there isn't no beast—not with claws and all that I mean—but I know there isn't no fear either.’... ‘Unless we get frightened of people’” (Golding, 84). The way Piggy views life is revealed when he says this and to Piggy life is all technological. Piggy’s character makes him skeptical of the existence of a physical beast, and his mind gives him the idea that what they fear may soon become the boys themselves.
There isn’t a tribe for you anymore... I’m chief!’ ” Viciously, with full intention, he hurled his spear at Ralph. The point tore the skin and flesh over Ralph’s ribs, then sheared off and fell in the water” (Golding 181).
The true savagery and civilization are in the boys, all of them. The beast says that it is within the boys, and it warns Simon if he went to the other boys it will be there. It was not lying as it was there, and it killed him. The savage and civilized boys are the beats themselves they have all been scared, they did what a beast would do, which is attack and
At first, I did not know too much about his character, but in the fourth chapter he showed new outstanding qualities that made him an immensely respectable character. For example, when Jack rudely refused to give Piggy meat, Simon passed his own meat to Piggy, and did not take his decision back even when Jack started yelling at the poor boy. This shows that Simon is generous and naturally a good person. Most people ignored how badly Piggy was treated and did not help whatsoever, while others joined in on the bullying. Even their leader of the society joined in on this cruel act, but Simon was the only one that looked out for Piggy when no one else would.
The younger boys are scared of the island and cannot speak out the exact fears they have because they are inarticulate. They demonstrate their concern with a snake as a symbol. Jack counters these thoughts in a rather aggressive way as he tends to kill the snake. This shows that the island itself is harmless but that the boys bring the violence and fear. The snake represents the symbol for fear but in reality there is no snake present.
The killing of Simon shows that the boy’s fear prevented from discovering the truth about the beast. Their fear was so powerful, that even the harmonic character of Simon and the truth that he bore were destroyed. If people become isolated from civilization, the beast inside of us can break the bonds from society and unleash evil within using the power of
Enlil, a valiant god, has the need to destroy all mankind for the wrongdoers and transgressions, the same wish of the God of the Hebrews as well. The gods call the flood to come and destroy the entity of the world. Enlil destroys every living entity and leaves the land as bare of life. He sees Utanapishtim, and feels anger at the gods for sparing Utanapishtim’s life and the lives of his kin. Ea scolds Enlil for the irrational flood, for he could’ve sent wild beast, pestilence, famine, or have the wolves rise up and demolish the human race.
Some of the smaller children, when they first land on the island, begin to dream about a “beast” that haunts them in the night. When this is brought up at an assembly, Ralph rejects it, as do the other boys. Simon pipes up and suggests it may be “only us”. After this idea is challenged by the boys, Simon tries to explain, yet he “became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind’s essential illness” (Page 89). The beast is metaphoric of the crude feral nature within every human, though naturally more prominent in those who act on it willingly.
Golding uses a number of literary devices to create the prodigious novel, Lord of the Flies. One of the most recognizable of the many devices is symbolism. The most prominent symbol is the conch shell. Ralph finds the shell in the beginning of the book. Used but the boys, mainly Ralph, the conch shell is to institute meetings and establish order among them.