What is the symbolism displayed throughout Chapter 6? I need the symbolism for only Chapter 6, and I need quotes or evidence to support them. Also, I need indepth symbolism, not just the easily...

What is the symbolism displayed throughout Chapter 6?

I need the symbolism for only Chapter 6, and I need quotes or evidence to support them. Also, I need indepth symbolism, not just the easily identifyable symbolism like "the beast represents fear". List all ideas. Thanks for everything. 

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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One of the possibilities not examined by the previous post is that the parachutist, the pilot, stands for more than just fear or the beast within the boys.

If we look at more than just the irony that he died by violent means and look at his origin "a sign [that] came down from the world of grown-ups, though at the time there was no child awake to read it," we can see that his violence, the fact that the "grown ups" were in the midst of an orgy of violence, suggests that this messenger is bringing the beast to them, the beast isn't just within the boys, it is also in the men that are supposed to be the ones keeping civilization together.

So we can also look a the parachutist as another symbol for the evil, the beast, that not only resides in the boys or on the island, but is present in all the most sophisticated and "grown-up" aspects of the world as well.

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chloemink | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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The corpse of the pilot dying from an aircraft engaged in war becomes a physical representation of the beast. The fact that the pilot has died from violence is ironic in that not only do the boys fear the pilot as the beast but perhaps also fear the violence that resides within their own natures.

Samneric see the figure when it is still dark. They only have the glow from the coals to see the figure. The lack of light or the sun as the power of reason creates fear within them. Darkness may represent the distortion of the boys fear.

The fact that the fire goes out before Samneric believe that they see the beast is further evidenence that their sense of reason has also gone dark.

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