Lord of the Flies - the Beast Essay

1335 Words Sep 27th, 1999 6 Pages
THE BEAST Throughout the novel Lord Of The Flies, the boys on the island are constantly faced with various fears. However there is nothing on the island which they fear more than the beast. In Lord Of The Flies, the theme of the beast is extremely important. The beast represents the way in which man will try to convince himself that there is no evil inside of him by making someone or something else seem to be the cause for the evil. There are many examples of evidence to support this throughout the book, but first it is necessary to outline the rise of the beast and the evil within the boys. Talk of a dangerous presence emerged on the very first day on the island, when a little boy with a mulberry-coloured birthmark on his …show more content…
It is significant that Jack felt it was necessary to kill pigs, seeing that there was already an ample supply of food on the island. It is possible that Jack simply wanted to kill pigs because the evil inside him had begun to emerge and introduced his lust for killing. Another significant event occurred at this point - open violence among the boys. When Jack was confronted by Piggy and Ralph because he allowed the fire to go out and a ship went by, he lashed out at Piggy, whom he evidently despised, and broke his glasses. To some extent this further illustrates how the evil inside Jack was beginning to take control of him. Talk of beasts and ghosts emerged at a later assembly and an overwhelming portion of the boys agreed that there was evil present on the island. Simon had already realised that the evil actually came from within them but he was unable to get this point across. Pandemonium followed and Jack refused to obey any more rules and he and his followers left. A definite split between two groups on the island was now present. It was at this point in the novel that a physical form was given to the beast, as a dead fighter pilot landed on the island under cover of darkness, while the boys slept fitfully; having nightmares about beasts and ghosts. When the dead pilot was discovered, several factors caused him to be thought of the beast. First and foremost, the boys were looking all the time for some kind of

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