The “beast” cannot be confined in any one symbol alone, as it could represent a plethora of ideas. In Lord of the Flies, the “beast” first manifests itself through fear, when the marooned children “externalize these fears into the image of a ‘beast,’” (Doc. A). It then represents war, as when the children refer to the dead parachutist, a direct result of war, as the “beast”. Finally, it symbolizes the savagery of human nature, when the children “screamed, struck, bit, tore” (Doc. F) Simon to pieces.
Savagery, uncivilized, and hypocritical children have clouded their judgment when trying to figure out if there is a real beastie. A monstrous figure frightens the juvenile boys that landed on this forsaken island. In the Lord of the Flies, these English boys are all alone to defend for themselves, thats when it all unravels. This mythical monster sooner called the “beast” is symbolized a fear of a mistaken beast, as the darkness of war, and the evilness of humanity waiting to be unleashed.
The boys were pushed to this level of savagery by the need for power. In chapter nine of Lord of the Flies, William Golding employs symbolism, repetition, and animal imagery to convey the theme that the need for power can cause people to become savages. Golding uses the rhetorical strategy symbolism to convey the theme that the need for power can cause people to become savages. In this story they use a conch shell to symbolize order within the group.
Lord of the Flies is a classic novel by William Golding that explores the darkness of human nature and the consequences of societal breakdown. The novel is an allegory in which characters and objects symbolize essential themes, and Golding uses these symbols to illustrate his message. One such example of symbolism in the novel that relates to the text's themes is the face paint the boys began to wear as the story develops. The face paint and its use in pig hunts help develop the themes of dehumanization and loss of identity. One of the most potent symbols in William Golding's Lord of the Flies is the face paint worn by the boys.
The significance of the boy's fear for the beast is that it elucidates how easily fear manipulates people into following them. Golding’s language is effective in creating an atmosphere of fear and paranoia on the island that surrounds the boys, which serves as a vulnerable resource to the corruption that Jack cleverly uses. Overall, the use of the “beast” as a symbol is a powerful commentary on the corrupting influence of
William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies in my opinion is a religious allegory; the characters and island symbolize something religious. The novel Lord of the Flies is a religious allegory that explores the inherent evil in human nature. The novel follows a group of british boys who became savage, echoing the biblical story of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace. In this novel Golding is using the beast to symbolize the devil.
“He says the beastie came in the dark… stumbling among all those creepers…” In the story of the Lord of the Flies, a small group of boys are stranded on an island, and are being hunted by a strange “beast.” What, however, does this beast symbolize? As time progresses, numerous interpretations of the beast have arised.
In Lord of the Flies, the creation of the beast became one of the contributing factors that lead to the downfall of civilization on the island. One consequence of not immediately dispelling rumors of the beast could be that it allowed Jack to use the group’s fear of it as a tool to control them and antagonize against Ralph. Upon hearing about the beast, Jack does not completely debunk the rumor, instead, he says, “There isn’t a snake-thing. But if there was a snake we’d hunt it and kill it.” Jack uses the rumor of the beast to fuel the boys’ fear and allow him to manipulate them easier.
In Chapter 9 the beast is three different things, the lord of the flies, the parachute and man, and Simon. The beast is the Lord of the Flies as it says “There isn't anyone to help you. Only me. And I'm the Beast.” (Golding 143) and it also says that after Simon wakes up “The Lord of the Flies hung on his stick like a black ball.”
Things quickly start to fall apart on the island because of this, and eventually the once civil boys turn on each other leaving two dead and an island in flames. The beastie is a large symbol throughout the book and it can be used to showcase, as well as explain, the boy's descent into savagery. Although this brutal side is normally hidden from the world, it can be brought out when
Everyone will face evil at some point in their lives, but the way the evil is embraced or deflected will differ among every man. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, symbolism is used to communicate the theme of Understanding the Inhumanity/Inherent Evil of Man as represented through the double ended spear, the fire, and the Lord of the Flies. The spear represents the evil inside of humankind and the perception that killing and hurting each other out of anger is acceptable. Fire symbolizes the evil act of stealing to achieve a human wants. Lastly, the Lord of the Flies symbolizes the Inherent Evil of Man through demonstrating that a boy understood that the evil is within them instead of around them, and is not something that could be killed
Another question is, how did the beast get inside their head, or how did they become the beast. What did the beast become after this whole time? How did the kids become the beast themselves, why or when did they become the beast? When the whole beast thing was never serious at first, they all thought of it as a joke, it was never important in the beginning it was important at all until they began to slowly turn into the beast that they thought were fake, and slightly feared “Don’t you understand Piggy? The things we did- “pg.157 Ralph slowly seemed to be the first one to really realize what they were doing to each other, that what they had done was not alright at all or at any point that it was not safe for any of them.
Throughout the novel of Lord of the Flies, William Golding provides a profound insight into human nature. Golding builds on a message that all human beings have natural evil inside them. To emphasize, the innate evil is revealed when there’s lack of civilization. The boys are constantly faced with numerous fears and eventually break up into two different groups. Although the boys believe the beast lives in the jungle, Golding makes it clear that it lurks in their hearts.
Literary Analyses of the Lord of the Flies The Lord of the Flies demonstrates a wide variety of symbolism; from Christ to Satan the children are portrayed in an abstract manner to represent these religious beings, as well as a symbol of great strife for power. Two of the main symbolic devices are used in the form of a mystical Conch and a cumbersome Sow’s head perched atop a stake; however these symbols represent very different ideas. Next the Lord of the Flies demonstrates the burden and struggle of power in multiple ways. William Golding included within this novel the power of symbolism, using inanimate objects, characters, or even landmasses to represent ideals derived from basic human morals and Christian religion that has a major influence