The Beast Within
In Lord of the Flies the boys evolve from obedient products of society into savage animals that discard all ties to any resemblance of civility or humanity. During the “serious” assembly Jack proclaims “We don’t need the conch anymore. We know who ought to say things,”(102) representing the final step in the boys separation from authority and their establishment of dominance. Up until this point the boys have been relatively docile due to their inner connection to past lives. This transformation is apparent in Roger’s inability to fully carry out his malicious intentions toward Henry prevented from “the invisible yet strong-taboo of the old life”(62). These children are at first incapable of acting outside of the barriers instilled in them by the world they have lost. Jack is the most eager and first to make the shift to losing the need for authority. The boys realize that “they are no longer [themselves] but-awesome strangers.”(63) This lack of familiarity with who they once were highlights the final transformation into uncivilized beings. As authority is abandoned these new individuals separate into different packs whose status on the island is determined by crude strength. This evolution complete, what will happen from this point is dependent on their ability to reconnect with any sense of rationality and social order.

Ch 5: "Beast from Water" & Ch 6: "Beast from Air" small group mini-essay paragraph writing challenge (in lieu of the typical in-class essay):

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