Melanie Sanchez-LeonMr. MercadoEnglish 1 A-B12/3/17The Evil Within Where do hatred, destruction, and corruption come from? Is our whole civilized society just a mask to hide human kinds animality? In Lord Of The Flies begins when a group of boys is stranded on an island and are trying to act like adults and keep things organized and civilized. Later on in the book, the beast is presented and then everything for the boys goes downwards and it becomes vulgar. The turmoil of the novel occurs because of the heinous acts that arise. The beast functions as a turning point for the novel and it affects the character’s actions. William Golding expresses that in every human there is a part of them that is not civilized but barbaric and corrupt. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding shows how the beast represents the evil within everyone. “But there isn’t a beastie!” (Golding 36) This shows that the boys are being consumed by the “beast” within them, but they have not figured that out and are confused about what to believe.
This was the starting point of their uncivilized ways which then led to their chaos and doom. “What I mean is . . . maybe it’s only us” (Golding 89) Simon starts thinking differently from the others and thinks that the beast is in them. When the boys hear what Simon has to say they all just laugh at him.
Simon’s idea of the beast being them is what I think Golding’s point throughout the novel was. The evil within everyone, even the most kind-hearted has evil hidden within them. As a result of the boys fearing the idea of the “beast” is slowly leading them to destruction because the “beast” is the main cause of all the deaths in the novel. William Golding shows how the beast impacts the boy’s thoughts, feelings, and actions.
“There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast…
Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!… You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?” (Golding 143) In this scene, it confirms Simon that the beast is actually within all of them and is not an external force.
Simon is surprised by his discovery, he tries to tell the boys of the wickedness within them which is the beast. It leads the boys to mistake Simon for the beast and killed him. “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy.” (Golding 202) When Ralph sees the officer, he knows that he is safe and will return to civilization but he knows it will be the same as the island he was stranded on. When it says the word innocence it shows that he is no longer a kid but an adult that sees that in each human lurks evil. Here Golding relates this to the two themes of the novel.
Thus in chapter eight and twelve, it explains that Simon finds out who really is the beast and ends up being murdered. At the end, the boys get rescued but by that time they have been consumed by the evil and will return to another civilization that is equally as corrupt as the one on the island.This novel has a deep importance to mankind. Lord of the Flies has many figurative and literal symbols hidden inside that as you read you will get a deeper meaning and comprehend more. Through symbolism of the beast, William Golding proposes that within every human there is a beast.
Golding’s overall impact was greatly formed through his experiences in WWII and his opinion on humankind.Works Cited PageGolding, William. Lord of the Flies. Penguin Books, 1999.