In "Lord of the Flies", what sort of deity does Jack tacitly worry about, and what view of the murder does it express?

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Chapter 10 is the chapter immediately following the death of Simon at the hands of the boys.  Jack maintains that what they killed was not Simon, but "the beast" who came to them disguised as Simon.  He implies that the beast came to them disguised in order to infiltrate their ranks.  He tells the boys that even though they have offered up the head of the pig as a sacrificial offering to the beast, he may come again so they must watch and be prepared.  Jack says that they must again offer up the head of any kill they make.  Further, he tells the boys that they must stay on the "right side" of the beast because they don't know what he might do.  Jack uses the young boys' fear and lack of knowledge to intimidate them and to get them to follow him.  He presents the beast as a physical threat to them, like a mythilogical deity.  Jack may even partially believe it himself, but whether or not he believes in a physical beast, he uses the fear the boys have to his advantage to control the boys.  This view of what happened to Simon allows him to dismiss any guilt and personal responsibility he or the others may feel about Simon's death.

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