GCSE ENGLISH LIT LORD OF THE FLIES (THE BEAST NOTES)

GCSE ENGLISH LIT LORD OF THE FLIES (THE BEAST NOTES)

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The Beast
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.
Very first day, boy with mulberry mark mentioned he saw a "beastie". This was dismissed by the
older boys who thought it was younger boy's imagination. The younger boys were scared by this
even from the start as they talked about it a lot. Golding set the scene for the chaos and terror that
followed later with the beast.
First signs of evil ­ Jack and hunters killed a pig and they re-enacted the killing of the pig. In this
process people were injured and the chanting which becomes a ritual began here. Jack had done
what he wanted to do by killing the pig but instead of stopping. He kept on killing the pigs. Even
though they had enough food he didn't stop killing the pigs. This shows the evil inside of him had
taken over and introduced a lust for killing. Jack was confronted by Piggy and Ralph for letting the fire
out, he lashed out at Piggy and broke his glasses. "You would, would you? Fatty." "Jack smacked
Piggys' head."(page 89) Again this shows the evil is taking over him inside.
At a later assembly many of the boys agreed there was a beast. Simon already knew that the evil
was within them and there wasn't in fact a physical beast. Jack refused to obey any more rules to him
and his followers left. The beast was then given in a physical form as a dead fighter pilot who crash
landed on the island in the darkness. The boys slept fearful of the beast, having nightmares etc.

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