Jack makes a theological speculation about murder.Jack makes a "theological speculation" about the murder. What view of the murder does it express? Explain with what type of deity Jack is...

Jack makes a theological speculation about murder.

Jack makes a "theological speculation" about the murder. What view of the murder does it express? Explain with what type of deity Jack is tacitly concerned and what is significant about this?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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The theological symbolism in this novel refers to Beezlebub, a demon in the Bible, also referred to as the "Lord of the Flies." In chapter 10, Jack and his tribe are mulling around, trying to look for excuses for Simon's brutal murder. One of Jack's tribe, Stanley says that he believed the beast disguised himself. Jack replies "perhaps" and then the text reads "a theological speculation presented itself". Jack then tells Stanley that they had better keep on the right side of him (meaning the BEAST) because they can never tell what he might do.

I don't believe this is any reference to a diety, unless you consider Satan a diety. This is a reference to Satan who, in the Bible, is well-known for disguising himself. He is a great disguiser even from the very beginning as he tempted Adam and Eve in the form of a snake. The Bible says that Satan "goes about like a prowling lion seeking whom he may devour" and don't forget that Satan was once "the angel of light" - that is what his name means, Lucifer.

Jack's tribe is trying to justify the fact that they murdered someone, but if the being they murdered is evil, a demon, then they can justify it. The don't want to admit they killed one of their own, another human being. Jack is concerned with trying to convince his tribe, as well as himself, that the murder was of a demon, not a boy, and it was justified as self protection. The signifigance has to do with the theme of the novel, that man is basically evil, and when left to his own devices, outside of the control of society, he reverts to his lowest level, a beast himself. The scene in chapter 9 of Simon's killing illustrates this.

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Lynne means "deity" not "diety".

Jack was speculating about the Beast being able to disguise itself, as Simon has just been killed by the boys as they believed him to be the beast incarnate. Obviously, the boys sobered to the point where they understood that it had, in fact, been Simon, the most gentle boy on the island.

Jack also needs to keep the threat of the beast alive in order to have power, so having the others believe that it can take on various disguises works in his favour, as well as eases any conscience he might still have with the guilt of Simon's murder.

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