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Who first introduces the idea of the beast, and why might this be significant?
Percival Wemys Madison: his recitation of his address and phone number shows how deeply civilization is ingrained within him.
Jack: his inner darkness is made clear by his suggestion of a beast living deep in the jungle.
The boy with the mulberry colored birthmark: as a shy littlun, he represents innocence, which serves as a contrast to the idea of an evil on the island.
Piggy: even his logical, rational mind cannot stop him from recognizing that something else is alive and watching them on the island.
Simon: from the very beginning, he recognizes that there are beasts all around and within the boys.