In chapter eight of Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, the paragraph beginning "Fancy thinking..." implies that the Lord of the Flies is: I. Imagination II. Death III. Innate evil a. I only...

In chapter eight of Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, the paragraph beginning "Fancy thinking..." implies that the Lord of the Flies is:

I. Imagination

II. Death

III. Innate evil

a. I only

b. II only

c. III only

d. I and II only

e. II and III only

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The boys have come to the conclusion that the Beast does in fact exist, "We saw it." Jack is questioning Ralph's leadership and is humiliated when the other boys do not agree to follow him. Piggy has had the great idea of having a fire on the beach which gives the boys something else to focus on. Some of the boys have gone and will hunt with Jack and Ralph worries that Simon is climbing the mountain.

Simon has a conversation with the Head, in his quiet spot and is eventually overcome by his surroundings. The Head is mocking Simon who fights to convince himself that it is nothing more than a "Pig's head on a stick." Simon can see that the boys are descending into savagery without any guidelines or rules to follow. Simon is weakened by his vision and his fear of what may follow as he understands far more than the others and has recognized the evil.

The "Lord of the Flies" represents evil and although death is foreshadowed as Simon , when he wakes from his seizure and tries to warn the boys, will suffer from this return to basic instinct, and although Simon clearly has a vivid imagination, it is the power of the forces within himself that exposes the Beast. This is why Simon needs to warn the boys because then they can fight the evil within themselves. Simon's inability to stop them and the consequences of his actions as he is killed reinforce this fundamental belief. 

The correct choice therefore would be c.(III only)- Innate evil.   

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