What is the effect of the 'beast' in William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies?

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In William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, the boys on the island develop a fear of the "Beast", which resides on the island with them, and this fear eventually becomes a source of motivation for their actions and decisions. 

  • Fear: Initially, the idea of the beast strikes deep fear into the boys, altering their experience from one that is care-free and lawless into one that is tinged with menace. This initialized...

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