What is the significance of the title "Beast from Water" in Chapter 5 of Lord of the Flies?

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During Ralph's disorganized meeting just before dusk in Chapter 5, the realities of the beast become more clear. Ralph, Simon and Piggy attempt to calm the littluns, telling them there is no beast. Even Jack believes there is no beast, but he also recognizes that the real beast--the fear within the boys--is a powerful weapon, and he brings up the possibility of a tangible beast. It is one of the littluns, Percival, who whispers to Jack, telling him that he believes the beast comes from the sea. This quiets the boys, who now have a second possible beast to consider. Another boy, Maurice, tells the boys that "Daddy said they haven’t found all the animals in the sea yet." Jack promises to kill any beast that roams the island, and he leaves, taking a number of the boys with him. It is the beginning of the breakdown of order on the island, and the fear of the new beast becomes real within the boys.

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