In "Lord of the Flies," what significant quote would be good to describe the beast that's within the boys? (chapter and page number too please)The boys think there is a beast, but its actually...

In "Lord of the Flies," what significant quote would be good to describe the beast that's within the boys? (chapter and page number too please)

The boys think there is a beast, but its actually within  them.. I need quote that will represent that !

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As you say, the best is something that has never really existed.  It only came into being when one of the little boys talked about it and it only continues to "exist" because it is really the boys' fear.

For me, one possible quote for this idea comes at the very end of Chapter 8 -- I don't know if we have the same edition of the book so you should find the page number yourself.

Simon is in his secret place with the Lord of the Flies.  It starts talking to him (at least in his mind) and it says to him

“Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!” said
the head. For a moment or two the forest and all the other dimly appreciated
places echoed with the parody of laughter. “You knew, didn’t you?
I’m part of you?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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In the book "The Lord of the Flies" Simon has been having seizures and he stumbles acroos the head of the boar. Maurice and Robert had placed the head on a stick.  It has been impaled and stuck upright from the ground.  Simon has a conversation with the boar, that at this time is representitive of the beast.  He believs the pig to be the Lord of the flies as flies are buzzing around it and in and out of its mouth.  The beast tells Simon to run away.  Simon shakes. In his mind he thinks.

"Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!  said the head." (143) 

"You knew didn't you? I'm part of you?"(143)

 

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