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.
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.
Starting as a figment of the boys imagination and fear of the dark, the beast drew each boy to care about their own survival rather than the state of the society . Being Ralph’s rival as leader, Jack, says the beast is not real and brings a group to hunt it(Golding 75). On their mission, they discover the deceased pilot from the plane hanging from a tree but mistakenly believe it is the beast, thus greatening the boys fear. The more fearful they are, the more savage and the more primitive they become. As the conches color fades, so does everyone's humanity(Golding 78).
Their plane has crashed and has left no adult survivors. They must find a way to survive together in harmony; however in this novel they live in anything but harmony. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies young boys instincts take over progressively through the symbolism of the beast; showing them losing their minds to a beast inside of their heads in different forms: fear, a need for protection, and a need to kill. Ralph’s description of the choir in the beginning of the book shows the way the beast in their mind twists things that aren’t a threat into a threat through fear; this foreshadows that a beast or beasts may show up or be created later in the book through imagery. Fear is a
After one of the littluns are talking about how the beast could possibly live in the water and come out to eat them at night, due to not having evidence of the beast, Simon proposes an idea to the littluns and biguns.“What I mean is . . . maybe it’s only us”(Golding 64) Simon proposes this idea to his friends, even though everyone laughed at Simon's idea of the beast it is central to Golding's idea of the fear of isolation. The fear that the boys have of being alone in the island is reconciled with the beastie.
Before chapter 2, Jack was afraid to kill the pig. But, after the littleluns said that there was a beastie, he initiated the plan to hunt and kill the beast. This quote portrays how the beastie somehow started the savage instinct in Jack because even though he knows that the beast does not exist, he is still determined to kill it. Additionally, they went more wild when some boys have claimed they saw the beast. “This head is for the beast.
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.
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
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.