Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Lord of the Flies Chapter 8 Quotes
How we cite the quotes:
“This head is for the beast. It’s a gift.” (8.224)
The beast becomes almost a religious figure in the eyes of the boys.
Up there, for once, were clouds, great bulging towers that spouted away over the island, grey and cream and copper-colored. The clouds were sitting on the land; they squeezed, produced moment by moment this tormenting heat […]. There were no shadows under the trees but everywhere a pearly stillness, so that what was real seemed illusive and without definition. […] At last Simon gave up and looked back; saw the white teeth and dim eyes, the blood – and his gaze was held by that ancient, inescapable recognition. (8.230)
WHOA. There is some heavy religious stuff here. Check out images like the “great bulging towers” in the sky and the “pearly stillness” everywhere. That sounds like Heaven, sort of. And then there’s the “tormenting heat,” and the fact that “Lord of the Flies” is another name for Beelzebub, and that sounds like Hell.
[…] in front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on his stick and grinned. At last Simon gave up and looked back; saw the white teeth and dim eyes, the blood – and his gaze was held by that ancient, inescapable recognition. (8.230)
Simon is able to see things and have insights that the other boys are not capable of. In this case, he sees fear, violence, death – in other words, himself, and all other human beings – captured in the grinning face of the pig.