Question-How does Golding convey the differences between Jack, Simon and Ralph in the conflict of the nature of “the beast” towards the end of chapter 5?
In chapter five, Golding uses the idea of ‘the beast’ to portray the conflict between the characters Jack, Simon and Ralph. Each character has a different point of view regarding the nature of ‘the beast.’
The character of Ralph does not agree with the idea of the beast, he thinks rationally and knows that a beast cannot exist. He wants all of the other characters boys to get their priorities straight as he has realised that they are all being side tracked from their main aim of getting rescued and are getting caught up in other small matters. We can see this from where it says “Ralph, seated, this seemed the breaking up of sanity,” this shows that Ralph is feeling helpless and frustrated and is losing his authority.
However, Golding portrays the character of Ralph as being understanding, he knows that he has a duty to the group and so whether he believes in the beast or not doesn’t matter as he needs to get the idea of the beast out of the other boys’ mind. We can see this from where it says “We’ve got to talk about this fear and decide there’s nothing in it.” Ralph wants to face this fear that the boys have within them and get rid of it in order to get the priority of being rescued back to the top. In this way he also regains control. Golding is showing Ralphs maturity as he even though he is “frightened” himself, he moves past the fear in an attempt to create unity within the group which will help their chances of being rescued.
William Golding presents the character of Simon as one that lacks confidence. We can see this from where it says, “but to speak in assembly was a terrible thing to him,” this shows that Simon is a character that likes to take a back seat and observe situations, he does not like to be the centre of attention. This makes him very different from the character of Jack who craves...