Lord of the Flies Storyboard
The repetition of the idea of a beast that is haunting the boys is extremely important in Lord of the Flies. It is not an actual beast, but it is the idea of the evil and savagery of human nature. As time goes on, the beast within the boys only grows.
The Motif of the Beast
In the beginning, Jack constantly instills the idea of the beast into the boys' minds. He spreads fear between them and causes them to be afraid of the beast. After they kill the pig, he continues to tell them that the beast is still out there.
The biggest misconception in the novel is how the boys thought the parachuter was the beast. As a dead man hangs from a tree, the boys are scared that it is a huge beast figure instead.
The Lord of the Flies is important because the boys use it as a sacrifice to the beast. The concept has been engraved in their minds so much that they now offer pigs' heads to an imaginary evil.
After Simon finds the dead parachuter, he realizes that the beast does not exist. He attempts to go back to the camp and tell everyone what he has seen and spread good news. However, this is in vain as the boys mistake Simon for the beast and he is killed.
The motif of the beast actually turns out to be the evil inside them and their savage nature. It has led them to a new aspect of life in which human instinct and nature take over the conscience of man. Without societal order, the boys have killed each other without realizing it. It is only after the ship comes to save them that the boys realize that the beast is really them.
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