The Beast Within Lord Of The Flies Beast Analysis

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Ashley Rivera Mr. Grow British Literature 29 March 2015 The Beast Within The boys encircle a slaughtered sow, excited to spill pig intestines on the floor, and smear the blood of the slaughtered pig on their faces. One might say this is out of the ordinary for the young and innocent to do. Lord of the Flies is a simple story of boys trapped on an island after a plane crash, with no authority figure. Golding utilizes this narrative to denote the “beast within”. The beast is ultimately what the boys come to be. William Golding demonstrates the defects of human nature by the transition from civil to savage in the novel, exemplified through the evolution of the beast that parallels the development of the characters and its effects on the island.…show more content…
Jacks ongoing scheme throughout the book is to convince the boys that there is a beast, when he himself does not believe in the beast. Jacks manipulation causes the boys to panic and lose grasp of civility. With this to be considered, the rest of the group feel more inclined to relinquish power to Jack and fail to notice Jacks’ barbaric ways for the sake of feeling secure and protected. Consequently, the beast becomes one of Jack’s prominent sources of power. Jack empowers the boys to act “beastly”, or in a barbaric manner; and manifest their instinct for savagery. In the beginning of the novel, Ralph was befuddled as to why the boys were not worried about keeping the fire going, to be saved and go home. Due to Jacks brainwashing, the boys only seemed to worry about dancing, hunting, and feasting, as opposed to being rescued. In Chapter 7, Ralph joins the boar hunting game where his inevitable and instinctive excitement, gets him caught up in the other boys’ lust for blood as states in the novel “Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was overmastering.” (Golding 76). Ralphs’ urge for civility is redirected by the instinct of savagery that is innate within each human being. Golding argues that everyone has the capability of being a “beast”. The boy’s behavior develops…show more content…
The Lord of the Flies claims himself as the beast and expresses to Simon that evil is within him and all beings “You knew didn’t you? I’m part of you?” Simon freaks out, tries to alert the boys of this discovery, but it was too late. The evil and savagery within the boys comes to surface, as they slaughter Simon, the only hope for enlightenment. The boar's head represents the wicked demons inside of the boys and how their sense of morals have become unrecognizable, moreover whose idea of "fun" is killing the only person who is sensible and rational. However, the Lord of The Flies does not only resemble the evil inside of the boys, but also in us. Since we are young, we are taught morals, values, and social norms to refrain from evil and bad things. However, deep inside we still have that primitive way of thinking. Just like the boys we fear it, but we ultimately just fear

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