At the beginning of chapter 6, a paratrooper gets shot out of the sky during an aerial battle and falls to the island. He lands on the top of the mountain. The beast symbolically represents the manifestation of evil on the island that corresponds to the boys' increasingly savage behavior and represents mankind's evil nature. The paratrooper descending to the island also alludes to the Biblical story of Satan's fall from heaven. The paratrooper ends up landing on the top of the mountain, and the parachute gets caught in the trees, which make the paratrooper's corpse sway when the wind blows. When Samneric initially see the paratrooper's corpse move in the middle of the night, they immediately mistake the dead body for the beast. Later on, Jack, Ralph, and Roger ascend to the top of the mountain and also catch a glimpse of the swaying corpse, which looks like a beast. Overall, the dead paratrooper symbolically represents the manifestation of evil on the island, and the boys quickly descend into savagery.