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what is the "beast from air"? how is it appropriate that the boys mistake it from a...

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Posted June 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM via web

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what is the "beast from air"? how is it appropriate that the boys mistake it from a beast-what connection does it have with the novel's themes, and what dow it symbolize?

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hkhollands | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 17, 2013 at 12:16 AM (Answer #1)

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The "beast from air" is the body of a dead pilot. The body, attached to a parachute, has floated down to the island from a fighter plane overhead. It lands on top of the mountain, and Samneric -- who were tending the fire  -- see the body and think it is a beast. Samneric wake up Ralph. The boys gather around. Jack wants to hunt the beast.

One of the biggest dangers that people face when alone in the wild is panic. This is true for the boys, as well, when they begin to believe they see beasts. A beast symbolizes the evil that is in all of us. It also symbolizes that irrational fear of the unknown.

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