Please join StudyMode to read the full document. The beast , in " Lord of the Flies ", is a very important figure. He is first introduced near the beginning of the story and only reveals himself in the end, to only one boy-Simon. The beast was evil and played its part in the storys plot well. It gave the story a greater sense of realism; it played up the savagery and the pain taking over the boys lives.
Significance of the Beast in William Golding's Lord of the Flies
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The Lord of the Flies is all about fear. Golding seems to be suggesting that fear, and its complications are the source of all evil. Throughout the novel, the boys show fear in many things. They see and hear assorted things on the island and assume them to be beasts to be dreaded. After much disorder and turmoil on the island, a group of hunters offer a gift to the much sought after and feared beast. A young boy, who is not a part of the group of hunters, encounters their gift to the feared beast and he even 'talked' to it, learning the causes of all the evil on the island. The boy attempts to share his discovery in an attempt to end the fear of the beast and to halt the evil on the island.
By Ralph realizing that he and the boys killed Simon themselves, he begins to feel remorseful and guilty for the violent action of killing his friend. He recognizes their inhumanity and points it out and he reveals that he is losing himself to savagery. Only me.
Imagine being stranded on an island all by yourself, except for those who survived the crash with you. No adults around, no rules, no nothing. This is what it was like in the novel Lord of the Flies. Throughout the novel 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.