In the book we see many themes come and go for the reader to experience. We go from humanity and the need for civilization to this shadow beast figure. In the book, we see how the views on what the beast/shadow gives the book more of a mysterious tone to the book. While people may not think the shadow is a real thing; when the shadow on the island makes us see that there is one main topic which is all humanity's inherent evil.
In the book, we see the shadow as a figure that either frightens or something that gave them motivation. In the book, Jack says, “we’re strong--we hunt! If there’s a beast, we’ll hunt it down! We’re close in and beat and beat and beat---!” (Golding 91). This shows that Jack thinks of the Beast as another wall in his way to becoming the chief of the island. The beast/shadow is shown more in chapter 8. When Simon and the head are talking to one another the head says, “There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast… Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!… You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are? ” (Golding 143). We see how the head was telling Simon that evil is in everyone. The final way I found Golding was showing that every person has a dark side was in chapter 4. In the book, it says, “His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, the knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.”(Golding 70). Here Golding draws a connection between Jack and his passion to perform violence. A way that we saw Jack releases this void by killing the pigs and chanting about the act which has/will occur. We also see his desire to kill in the very first chapter when he got captivated with the fact of hunting for the tribe, but more on the hunting to feed in his ego.
Ultimately, the shadow shows more and more how every human being has that side to them with the will to harm. We see the top three things that I saw the shadow symbolizing is how Jack is so motivated in killing this Beast. We also see how he has the desire to kill. This passion to kill has been shown when Jack kills a pig. Another respected that we also see is the head which talks to Simon. The head shows Simon that's the Beast is more mentally shown in human behavior than the physical portion. The big message from this passage is that all men inherit evil and that's what the shadow symbolizes in the book.