"a figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute"
The Parachutist
Public DomainThe Parachutist - Credit: Guunery Sergeant E.V. Walsh USMC

Golding calls the parachutist the "Beast from Air." Metaphorically speaking, the dead parachutist represents the Fall of Man, when Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden.

During World War II, paratroopers played a decisive role, especially in the initial Allied attacks onĀ D-Day.