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what is the significance of the title "Beast from Water"?

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mslerma | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2007 at 3:20 AM via web

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what is the significance of the title "Beast from Water"?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 3, 2007 at 11:46 AM (Answer #1)

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This occurs during a meeting in which Ralph is trying to keep order and control of the boys. Ralph is upset that nothing is getting done, and he wants to impress upon the boys the seriousness of their situation. The littluns are afraid of the beast, and Ralph and Piggy believe if they talk about it, it will show how silly their ideas of the beast are. At this meeting, Percival whispers to Jack that the beast comes from the sea, and this statement makes the beast all too real for the boys again. The boys think of the vastness of the sea and the numerous possibilities of what could exist in the sea, and this scares the boys all over again into believing that the beast exists. 

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db1996 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 14, 2011 at 8:49 AM (Answer #2)

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During the chapter "Beast in the water" the boys become increasingly more savage, uncivilized, without rational thought, and will believe in things like "the beast" easier. The significance is that it represents the boys savagry just by not being literarily correct.

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