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How does "The Beast" represent savagery in Lord of the Flies?

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The beast symbolically represents the boys' inherent wicked nature, which becomes more pronounced as the novel progresses and they descend further into savagery. Initially, the littluns fear a "beastie," which they claim lives in the forest and haunts their dreams. As the story progresses, the hysteria concerning the beast continues to grow as the boys gradually begin to embrace their savage nature. After a paratrooper is shot out of the sky and lands on the top of the mountain, Samneric witness its corpse and mistake it for the beast. The paratrooper's corpse symbolically represents the presence of evil on the island and is allegorically related to Satan's descent from heaven. Ralph, Jack, and Roger also witness the corpse and mistake it for the beast, which dramatically increases the hysteria among the group of boys, who begin looking towards Jack for protection.

Simon is a symbolic Christ-figure and is the only boy who understands the true nature of the beast. Unlike the others, Simon...

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