The new theory that Simon has put forth is that the beast is really a ghost. I think that this actually intensifies the boys' fear, ghosts are a scary thing to think about. Especially in the dark when you cant see anything, they were scared of something they could possibly kill, you can not kill a ghost. For the young boys it would affect how they react when the old kids say they are scared about the ghosts. When you look up to someone, you base what you think off of them, the littluns will go along with what the biguns say or believe. There s no one on the island they can run to for comfort or protection, no adults to keep them safe, they are on their own.
Simon is quite the guy, I must say so myself. He believes that the beast is inside of each person, it's not something you can physically see. Simon may be right, they have been on the island for some time now and the boys are slowing turning into animal like creatures without really realizing. The beast I can imagine is Jack, he has already started turning into a horrible person and a savage and as time goes on he could be the beast everyone is worried about. Simon may have put a finger on what the littlun’s have been imagining the beast as. Although no one believed Simon and instead laughed it off may have been a good thing. It may have calmed the littlun’s because now they may think the beast isn't real and it's just imaginary. The littlun’s aren't ones that try and make sense of things so it's good that they may not be afraid anymore, but at the same time it would be good if they were afraid so they would still be on the lookout. It would be savage of Jack to be the beast and end up harming the little boys, but at the same time I could see the heartless 12 year old doing that. Simon is sensible and that's what Ralph needs because it will help them out in the long run
Simon makes the comment that the beast is really a human, or inside each human. I think that this idea makes the boys more frightened instead of calming them. They are meeting in the dark and this adds the fear the boys are feeling. Although each boy is scared they try to act tough. I can understand their fear because they thought their fear came from something they can kill or get rid of. But now with the idea of the beast being a human, they don't know what to do. Human's are unpredictable and they are humans! Now the litttluns could be scared of themselves or of the biguns! They can't trust anyone anymore because any of them could be the beast. The fears of the boys have not been calmed, they are been heightened, and no longer can they rely on each other. The island just got a whole lot scarier.
Simon, I believe had reasonable input on the situation that the boy's were talking about. With the littluns thinking that there is a monster and Jack acting all tough saying there is nothing I think that Simon put it all together. Whether he figured it out when he was alone or not. Simon believes that there is a monster inside everyone and that when the littlluns have their nightmares it just the monster inside them that they didn't realize was there till they got on the island. I think that the whole idea of a monster in general is scary to the boys whether its in them or not. With them all scared I think that its going to add flame to the fire between Ralph and Jack because its going to be who can protect the boy's the most. Jack is either going to become a beast or try to win the boy's over but either way the boy's are frightened of the island and themselves.
At the assembly, Simon puts forth the idea that the beast is not a physical creature, but it is something that lives inside of humans. Something that is in all of the boys. I think that the fears of all the boys have now been intensified. These are young boys on the island that haven’t grown up or matured yet. The littleluns have been having night terrors since they first arrived on the island, so I don’t think that Simon’s idea put their minds at ease. The assembly takes place at night which would also spook the boys. If the beast is something inside of them, how will they be able to eliminate it? It will be with them until they leave the island or until they die. Nothing will be the same because of what Simon said. Not very many boys believed him at first, but the longer the boys are on the island the more they will think about what Simon said. This could make the boys paranoid and nobody knows what will happen then. The boys don’t know what to think or do. For all they know, the person standing beside them could be the beast.
Simon's new theory is that the beast is a ghost and could be something inside of you not physically. I think this theory intensifies the boys fear. Now the boys are told that the beast is in them and they most likely don't like this thought. The boys are probably thinking that they will start killing each other. With the beast being inside of all the boys, they could now be scared of themselves and each other and the island. The boys want to stick together because they feel protected and safe but at the same time they are almost terrified of each other. In order to keep some sense that the beast is some kind of other creator they agree to go out and look for it and kill it (hopefully that is if they can find it).
Inside everyone? Really? This is the theory that Simon puts forward about the beast is that it is inside each and everyone. I do not think this is a very logical assumption because it just does not seem very realistic. I think this does the complete opposite of calm the boys' fear. They have just been told that there is a beast inside them and everyone around them. That is not exactly the calming sentence you want to hear. This would intensify the fear of the boys on te island because they have the beast inside themselves and everyone else that they may have to deal with. This did not put the boys' minds at ease and intensified the fear that they were feeling before. The boys may never be safe from the beast that "exists" because they will not be able to escape it.
Simon puts forth the belief that the beasts are not physical creatures, but part of the imagination. Simon does this in an attempt to put the littluns at ease, so they stop being frightened by what they think they see out on the island and get a better sleep at night. That could very well be a possibility though. The boys are young, and have been away from civilization for a long time, of course their minds would wander. Their imagination would get put of hand, especially on the dark island at night, with all the shadows and things that aren't noticed in the day such as the palm trees rubbing together in the wind. Little kids are often irrational, and don't understand why things happen, they make assumptions and jump to conclusions which in this case, is only fueling their fear. In an attempt to calm the littluns down, Simon says the beasts are not physical, but mental. I do think this would help the littleuns calm down, because they wouldn't understand what Simon meant. As long as they had a reason to believe there is no physical beast that is going to harm them, the littluns have no reason to be afraid.
Simon's theory about the beast is that it lives inside of them. It is not something you can see but it is like a parasite that latches onto you making you afraid. This intensifying the boys fear since it is something they do not completely understand. I think that this is a good theory since the boys have been coming more savage due to isolation from actual civilization. They are showing more of their evil side and it is the 'beast' everyone is afraid of. Especially Jack, he continues to lose his morals and treats the other boys such as Piggy very harsh. He is still only focused on killing not survival and this side of him is frightening to the other boys. They are unaware what he is capable of and seeing him become more and more aggressive is scary. This internal beast make it hard for the boys to trust each other and even themselves, its a paranoia that will drive them insane. If it were an actual beast they could kill it to ease the fear but since the beast is internal they can't start killing off each other, right?
+1, I really like your analogy of the parasite latching on!
Simon's theory is that the beast is a ghost and i think this intensifies the boys' fear because they will feel that there someone else watching them. On the other side of this is that it may calm the boys' fear because they know now that they are safe and no one will kill them. But still, ghost is a real thing, i mean, it's really scary to think about it.
The theory that Simon put forth was that the beast is inside everyone, they are their own beast. I think that this will make to boys a little more concuss about who they trust and how they treat people.
Simon refers to the beast as being inside each and everyone and this makes sense. Everyone has those primal instincts that kick in to preserve life but not always the higher function like the personality is retained. You can also see the transition that jack is making to the wild side hiding behind a mask. The boys are already think that the monster might be coming from the ocean.
The beast is not real, but something that is in each and everyone of them. It scares the boys, and intensifys the fear of the island.
the new theory is that Simon thinks the beast is a ghost. i think it scares the boys.
The theory is that Simon believes that the beast is a ghost and it really intensifys the fear and the reality that they're stranded on the island
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