(Chapter 5 and 6) The word “beast” has been mentioned several times so far. Given the Christian context of the novel, what connotation (association) does Golding intend for this word to assume?
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Simon is Golding's Christ-figure meaning that he embodies the traits Christ was said to have. Simon likes all the boys including Jack. There is however always negative energy and the threat of violence. Simon can't bear this. That is why he prefers to be alone. Explaining an idea so evolved and metaphorical as mans' inherent evil is way beyond the others' comprehension. Simon sees the beast as having the darkness inside that tempts them. In a Christian context, this darkness is the Devil at work. Most of the boys gravitate to this darkness. It is easy and it promises them indulgence. The sow's head on a stick becomes a manifestation of the Devil: it is Beelzebub or "The Lord of the Flies." He threatens Simon that all his friends will kill him. He says, "they will do you" He says that Simon is not wanted and he is being a "silly little boy."