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1. Trace the references to the beast in the novel thus far. Parallel that with the diminishing sense of order on the island and the boys’ gradual embracing of Jack’s savagery. What is the true nature of the beast on the island that Simon is unable to verbally define?

2. Discuss how and why Jack disrupts the meeting. What is at the core of the power struggle between he and Ralph? What techniques of anarchy and disruption does Jack apply? What is the result? What does it tell you about the characters of Jack and Ralph?

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3. Discuss Simon's unwillingness to speak. Read James 1:17-22. Connect.

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4. Jack shows us how doubts and fears trigger anarchy. Ralph, Simon, and Piggy seem to suggest these same doubts and fears are also triggers for great faith, hope, and civilization.

Read Galatians 3:23-29.

Discuss Ralph's question, "I wish my father... O, what's the use?"