Karina Zhao
12/16/2012 04:03:13 am

On page 143, it says, "Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill...You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you?" Tying back to Chapter 5, Simon realizes that the beast is not necessarily something that exists outside in the jungle. He says, "Maybe, maybe there is a beast." Simon meant that the beast was something that already existed in each boy's mind and soul. Golding's purpose in having the pig's head say what it said, is to tell the audience that the beast is the capacity of savagery and evil that overwhelms the boys.

Gianni Jannke
12/16/2012 07:30:40 am

I agree with Karina. The beast actually does exist, however just as a conflict in each character's mind. The "beast" can destroy the boys even if he is not actually a physical "monster."

12/16/2012 09:19:41 am

Anna Tworzyanski
12/16/2012 09:24:21 am

Um.. don't know what happened with the magical comment machine there... anyways,...
I agree with Karina because the pig died to show the beast in all of the boys.

Alexsis Powell
12/16/2012 04:49:40 am

I think Golding's point in having the pigs head say "Fancy thinking the beast was something you can hunt and kill!...Im a part of you", was to show that the beast with claws, teeth, and wings does not really exists, but it is really something deeper inside of the boys. I also think that the thought of a best on the island really brings out the "Inner Beast" in the boys, to where they are the real beasts themselves. Like when Ralph became scared of going near where the supposedly beast was, Jack took that as an opportunity and became almost like a "beats" over the group of boys, to where he is all about killing and ends up killing one of the boys.

Victoria Paradise
12/16/2012 06:35:19 am

Golding has the pig's head say "Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill! .... Im a part of you" This shows that all along, there was no physical beast, and that it was in their head the whole time. It showed that there was actually no animal thing in the forest, but inner conflicts and fear were actually the ":beast". They were the beast. It also shows that Simon was right all along, as he never believed in the beast

Alexsis Powell
12/16/2012 06:51:53 am

I agree with victoria when she said " the inner conflicts and fear were actually the beats".

Nicole Reinschmidt
12/16/2012 10:39:51 am

Simon seemed to have known all along that there wasn't a physical beast out there that was putting a growing fear in the boys. It was the feeling of losing their own selves, and how the majority of boys were slowly progressing towards being savages. The beast on the island wasn't an actual beast. It was the fear they lived with on that island, and also the problems, disagreements, and other conflicts between the boys. Simon would have been the first to notice this, because he was always a bit detached and right outside of each little conflict the boys endured. His last moments there were moments where he had realized or admitted the truth to himself: There was no beast out there trying to get to them. The beast was on the inside, and their own fears were holding themselves back.

Shannon Barrett
12/19/2012 05:45:37 am

I agree with Nicole, the beast was the boys losing themselves and becoming savages.

Madison McReynolds
10/29/2015 07:55:28 pm

The point of the quote was to show that Simon was right all along. The Lord of the Flies just confirms his belief. Although Simon represents human goodness, he realizes that human nature has pure evil. The Lord of the Flies stand for pure evil. The beast, Lord of the Flies, is something the boys hunt and kill literally, but the beast is pure evil and you can't kill a part of human nature. There could also be some foreshadowing when the beast says "hunt and kill". This is foreshadowing to when Jack and Roger hunt Ralph later in the book. Ralph becomes the beast to these boys becuase he is the only part of civilization left on the island. Since the boys have turned savage, their enemy, beast, is civilization (Ralph). When it says fancy it means civilization. The boys have lost sight of civilization/something fancy to them now that they are savage. In the end this quote is significant because it confirms the idea that pure evilness is a part of humans.


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