Lord of the Flies Study Guide

The Lord of the Flies

The Lord of the Flies represents the Beast's danger and power. According to E. L. Epstein, "...'lord of the flies' is a translation of the Hebrew Ba'alzevuv (Beelzebub in Greek). It has been suggested that is was a mistranslation of a mistransliterated word...for the Devil..." In the story the panic and decay that takes place is symbolized by this pig's head. In its "talk" with Simon it explains what the Beast really is.

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