Analyze the transformation of 'the Beast' in Lord of the Flies and how the different perceptions of 'the Beast' affect the way the boys deal with it.Include ideas about what different items are...

Analyze the transformation of 'the Beast' in Lord of the Flies and how the different perceptions of 'the Beast' affect the way the boys deal with it.

Include ideas about what different items are considered beasts,who perceives each beast,and how is each beast dealt with

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The different perceptions of the boys towards the so-called "beast" lead to very different interpretations to begin with until the climax when the beast is seen for what it really is--the innate evil within themselves and, for Ralph especially, the boys' inability to apply their own understanding of what is right and what is heinously wrong.This is the point in the story when Ralph "wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart" and his friend Piggy.

Piggy had great trouble believing in this thing they called the Beast due to his logic and scientific thinking.

Ironically, the boys have fed their own fear of the beast to make it appear more real and threatening.  First, it was a "snake-thing' and then the"beastie" and later "the beast."

Simon's inability to articulate sufficiently to make the others understand the nature of the beast and "mankind's essential illness" is significant especially as, during Simon's efforts, the boys start arguing - despite the order that is supposed to be associated with the conch.  

Simon alone recognizes that "maybe [the beast is] only us" or just a "pig's head on a stick."

The longer the boys are away from civilization, the more real and savage the beast becomes. Simon's unfortunate destiny is sealed when he 

begins to lose the vision that had made him a potential savior of the group

Roger has a personality that could have been kept in check but

freed by Jack from the "taboo of the old life . .

he can reveal his true self; not restricted by parents and school teachers and his savagery is intense. The beast in him is deadly.

Golding always set out to make others believe that this "beast" is never far away and it is only restrictions that stop many from keeping their own"beastie"  from ever being revealed. By using the boys, seemingly innocent and not prejudiced by adults and their considerations, Lord of the Flies is  

an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature.

Ralph, the very representation of order and leadership is reduced to a wreck. Jack and his hunters are effectively murderers and Piggy and Simon - the two who could have saved them all, are dead. What could be more convincing than that?  



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