Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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What are the attitudes Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon have towards the "beast" and what attitudes to life as a whole do they imply? What are the attitudes Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon have towards the...

What are the attitudes Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon have towards the "beast" and what attitudes to life as a whole do they imply?

What are the attitudes Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon have towards the "beast" and what attitudes to life as a whole do they imply?

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In Chapter 5, Ralph holds an assembly to discuss the identity of the beast. Ralph mentions that he does not believe in the beast and thinks that fear distracts the group from focusing on important aspects of survival, like maintaining the signal fire. Ralph's attitude towards the beast reflects his motivated personality and affinity for civilization. Ralph does not want their fear to stand in the way of maintaining an organized, structured society.

Jack agrees with Ralph that a beast does not exist, but blames the littluns for frightening everyone. He then ridicules them for crying and accuses them of being "sissies." Jack's attitude concerning the beast relates to his personality by illustrating how he is quick to blame others and bully the weaker boys on the island. He shifts blame to the littluns and attempts to increase his status by agreeing with the chief.

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