Lord of the Flies

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The Lord of the Flies in all of us, is fear, the fear of getting a bad grade, the fear of not performing well in sports and a whole lot of other fears that prevent us from reaching our goals in life. A lot of times I feel that I am not living life to the fullest because of fear. When I was young, I would always be afraid of roller coasters. And that fear of roller coasters always prevented me from having fun with my family when we are at a theme park. I never really grew out of that stage until recently, but it wasn’t until then that I realized how much I been missing out because of my fear. In Lord of the Flies the beast represents fear. The imaginary beast that frightens all boys, so it sparks the primal instinct of savagery that exists within all human. The island was fine and operating well until the introduction of the beast. It clear that Simon is the only boy on the island who truly understands what is controlling the boys on this island, yet he cannot express his thoughts into words clearly, and ends up being killed for even trying. The beast was always on the back of everyone’s mind on the island, whether it’s a littleun’s or the bigun’s or even Jack himself. He just try to cover it up with savagery. And as the Continue...

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The beast that they all fear, regardless of how brave a front they put, is their own human nature, and under such circumstances, we can see this bestial nature being revealed. When Ralph called for a vote on whether there were ghosts on the island, many of the boys showed that they thought so by raising their hands. Ralph feels that the more they believe that such creatures exist, the less civilized they become, quote "that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away. In the beginning, the fear of a "beastie" on the island first stems from a littlun with a distinctive marking, a "mulberry-colored birthmark" on his face, who says the beast comes out at night. Jack says "Bollocks to the rules! We're strong - we hunt! If there's a beast, we'll hunt it down!, giving the beast the physical quality of an animal. " Curious as he is, Simon waits by the bloodied sow's head, buzzing with flies, to see if a beast would, indeed, come to claim its gift. In Chapter 7, the boys become more and more savage, meaning that the beast within them is now showing its true colors. The beast has now become a topic of discussion during assembly and the boys now openly express their fears. I feel that the author did a superb job of showing his purpose of explaining the importance of the Lord of the Flies, but not completely giving away the purpose. Jack's conflict with Ralph then signals the end of the assembly, as well as the breaking down of civilization. Changes that include changing the population of the island. A sow's head is cut off and left by the hunters as "a gift for the beast. Even as he protested that they were truly hurting him, the others disregarded his cries. Fear of the beast has not diminished. The boy's behavior is what brings the beast into existence, so the more savagely the boys act and think, the more fear they have and the more real the beast seems to become.


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