TS- the boys conceptualize the source of all their worst impulses as a beast, some sort of actual animal or possibly supernatural creature inhabiting the island. Over the course of the novel as their fear develop so to does the Beast.
Golding uses the boys' fear of a mythical beast to illustrate their assumption that evil arises from external forces rather than from themselves. This fearsome beast initially takes form in their imaginations as a snake-type animal that disguises itself as jungle vines; “Beastie…A snake-thing. Ever so big. He saw it.”
later, they consider the possibility of a creature that rises from the sea or the more nebulous entity of a ghost. “He says the beast comes out of the sea”
When they spot the dead paratrooper who has landed on the mountain “There was something moving behind its head- wing. The beast moved too.” ➢
The boys feel sure that they have proof of a beast's existence. In fact a beast does roam the island, but not in the form the boys imagine.
Simon and the Beast
TS- By using the Beast Golding wanted to illustrate in this novel the dark side of human nature and make the point that each member of humankind has this dark side. All along the boys take on the persona of the beast when they act on their animalistic and primal impulses.
Simon however a spiritual boy and symbol of goodness and faith prophecies “What I mean is… Maybe it’s only us.”
When Simon hallucinates that the staked head is speaking to him, his perception of the other boys as the island's true threat is confirmed. The Lord of the Flies confirms that "You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?" ➢
The lord of the flies emphasizes the connection between the Boys and the Beast when he says “There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!”...
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