The Nature of the Beast
Shawn Huang and Nick Gutierrez
"The thing is--fear can't hurt you any more than a dream. There aren't any beasts to be afraid of on this island" (Golding 63).
"'I don't agree with all Jack said, but with some. 'Course there isn't a beast in the forest. How could there be? What would a beast eat?' 'Pig.' 'We eat pig'" (Golding 63).
1. Is the defintion of "the nature of the beast" impersonal/objective or does it vary from character to character?
2. What brings "the beast" out in you?
3. What is the role of fear in waking up the beast? Is fear the catalyst that brings out our in evil?
4. Is human nature itself evil? Does the beast lie concealed in each one of us?
5. Can you think of any examples of people in real life who unleashed their inner beast? Who is the most beastly?