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William Goldings Lord of the Flies is a sordid tale about a group of kids who are stranded on a deserted island after their plane crashes The story is set during the Atomic War and plenty of references are made to the fact However the real key to the story lies in the role of Beelzebub Lord of the Flies Beelzebub has a central role in the story as he represents the Beast or evil that dwells within all humans The Beast cannot be hunted and since it dwells within all humans humans are all guilty because mankind is sick The destruction of mankind is a point that Golding makes apparent often in this novel He establishes early on that Beelzebub is a force within all humans that drives them to destroy and maim In the story the central emblem of the story lies in the dead airman The boys mistake him for Beelzebub and basically begin to worship him In fact the most effective portrayal of Beelzebub appears early in the novel in the form of the dead airman The parachute carries him through the night to the top of the mountain where his body is entangled in the trees It is in the way in which he is hung that makes it appear as if he was sitting on a throne of some sort Sam n Eric first come upon it and are scared to death at the mere sight of it However when the whole group returns to the site the horrific monstrosity bewilders them In this quote from the book it clearly states the groups actions Behind them the sliver of moon had drawn clear the horizon Before them something like a great ape was sitting asleep with its head between his knees Then the wind roared in the forest there was confusion in the darkness and the creation lifted its head holding toward them a ruin of a
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