Albert Einstein once said “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” In Golding’s Lord of the Flies he wanted to display in this novel the dark side of human nature and make the point that all of mankind has this dark side. A mythical beast is used to display that evil has a physical manifestations and an internal presence. The boys think of the darkness as their worst impulses such as a beast because then they don’t have to think of it as themselves. Yet all along the boys take on the personality of the beast when they act savagely. This essay will explain the beast’s impact on the characters identity, the symbolism of the beast and the different manifestations. The Beast plays a significant role in their identity because it manipulates the characters thoughts and feelings. Firstly Jack’s behaviour is influenced substantially by the beast because of how he starts believing in it. In the start of the book Jack did not believe in the beast and wanted to “kill it”(31) but after he starts to worship the beast by leaving “the head for the beast”(151). as a gift. This shows how overtime Jack realized that it was better to become friends with the beast instead of fighting it. This happened because it’s human nature, to run from enemies not confront them. Secondly the text shows the reader that Ralph is also changing because he shows the reader his dark side. This is displayed when Ralph felt that “hunting was good after all”(124) and thinks about how “the desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering”(125). Ralph is seen as the authoritative figure but now even he has shown that he has a dark side. This will cause a disruption in their system because then Ralph would feel that if he is no different from Jack maybe Jack should be chief. Lastly, when the Beast is Lord of the Flies is first introduced he says some interesting things to Simon which creates fear in Simon. The Lord of the Flies tells Simon “You’re not wanted…or else we shall do you? See? Jack and Roger and Maurice and Robert and Bill and Piggy and Ralph”(159). This is interesting because he is saying that he is a part of everyone and that he can control them and if Simon gets in his way he will kill him which is exactly what happens. The Beast is able to control the characters because he is in them and this proves how he is inside all humans.The different symbols of the Beast are crucial to understand its impact on the island and characters. Firstly, the fire is a symbol of the Beast because it plays a key role in the boy’s rescue and in the destruction of the island. In the start of the book the boys want to “make a fire”(37) to use as a signal for rescue but instead it burns down much of the island and in the end of the book the fire of savagery attracts a boat, not the original “signal fire”(79). This is ironic because the signal fire  destroyed the island whereas the fire that Jack and his hunters was actually to hunt and kill Ralph but it rescued them. Secondly, the sow’s head is a symbol of the Beast because it is the evil inside the boys. This is shown when the sow tells Simon “I’m part of you”() and how they “are going to have fun”(). This indicates that the “fun”() that the sow is talking about is savagery and killing and he is also saying that no matter what they try to do to this evil will always remain in them. Lastly, the darkness on the island is a symbol of the Beast because it represents the unknown and evil of the island. This is shown when they talk about “anyone going out in the darkness”() and when Jack is being described as “a stain”() and when that “stain vanished another took its place”(). The darkness scares the boys so much that they don’t even think about it and how once you join the darkness it is practically impossible to escape it. The different symbols display how the Beast also resides in physical objects.The different manifestations of the beast have a key role in the novel because they illustrates that evil is present in everyone and everywhere because people want power and control more than anything. This fearsome beast initially takes form in their imaginations as a snake-type animal that disguises itself as jungle vines. This is displayed when Jack says “There isn’t a snake-thing. But if there was a snake we’d hunt it and kill it”(). This shows how Jack thinks if he can slay whatever beast is tormenting them, or hunt pigs for food he will seem like the alpha male and become the leader. When they spot the dead paratrooper who has landed on the mountain, the boys feel sure that they have proof of a beast’s existence and this causes a lot of chaos and disruption. This was a sign from “the world of the grownups”() and this shown when Samneric tell Ralph that they “saw the beast”(). The grownups world is no different from the island because all a war is a fight for power and resources and it happens on a daily basis in modern world. The last manifestation is the Lord of the Flies and it is not their imagination, it’s not a physical manifestation, it’s an element of human nature. It is described as “dim-eyed, grinning faintly, blood blackening between the teeth”() which makes it very hard for Simon to erase from his mind. They have killed and raped an animal in cold blood and Simon recognises the Beast as humanity. The grinning of the face shows how the happy the Lord of the Flies is about this. The different manifestations of the beast help display how evil is a necessary part of human nature.The Beast’s impact, symbolism and different manifestations are three major topics which help the reader understand the true nature of the Beast. This novel connects the reader to it because of the Beast, as it makes the reader think about their own actions. The novel has a clear message on the greed of mankind and who true Beast is. The desire for power and control which consumes people into darkness is the root of all evil.    

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