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What is the significance of Beastie in Lord Of The Flies between pages 46-48 (Chapter 2)?

 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM (Answer #1)

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"Now he says it was a beastie."

"Beastie?"

"A snake-thing. Ever so big. He saw it."

"Where?'

"In the woods" (Chapter 2).

In Lord of the Flies, the boys' nameless fear shifts into the horrible shape of the Beastie; it becomes the sum of all the things that frighten them about the island: the unknown, the dark, snakes, the woods, shadows, creepers, scary noises.  Without any adults there to comfort them, the littluns' fears run wild, and their nightmares become terrors. Ralph understands the importance of taking the littluns' fears seriously, unlike Jack who is quick to dismiss them as 'baby talk.'  The Beastie represents the early representation of the boys' fear on the island, a fear that will grow so great that it ultimately causes them to overreact and murder Simon.

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