The only reason they voted for Ralph was because he had the conch. This shows how important the conch was to all the kids at first, but as the boys became more and more savage the conch started to be worthless to them, along with civilization and order. The conch was originally a powerful symbol of civilization and leadership, but the boys stopped caring about it, so they stopped caring about the last bit of civilization they still had. There was still a small sense of civilization left in all the children that kept that kept them from becoming total savages. But that was lost when Roger killed Piggy and destroyed the conch.
Of course then Piggy was killed. This was another mistake because of many things; first of all, Piggy was a voice of reason for all of the boys on the island, even if they never really listened to him. He was very smart and resourceful. Without him the boys just became more uncivilized and ended up setting the whole island on fire to try and kill Ralph. It is also important to realize that you don’t just kill people because you feel like it, because in a civilized culture there are consequences for those types of
He is furious when he loses the election to Ralph and continually pushes the boundaries of his subordinate role in the group. Early on, Jack retains the sense of moral propriety and behaviour that society instilled in him—in fact, in school, he was the leader of the choirboys. The first time he encounters a pig, he is unable to kill it. But Jack soon becomes obsessed with hunting and devotes himself to the task, painting his face like a barbarian and giving himself over to bloodlust, and also putting himself in charge of the specific party which deals in the hunting. In the chocolate war the same desire is shown.
The father's protectiveness is very evident many times throughout the novel, however one of the most notable events was when a man threatens his son with a knife and the father shoots the man in the head. Although this action was probably necessary, the fathers downfall is his suspicion that everyone is their enemy. His father's paranoia causes them to move constantly from camp to camp, consequently, never getting the chance to make friends with anyone. His son, on the other hand, is much more sensitive and innocent. He feels very safe with his father but at the same time he questions some of his decisions.
Katelyn Mollahan 11/16/11 Period 1 Mr. Nguyen In every person, there is a certain fire in their bellies, but with that fire also comes fear and uncertainly of how to handle every situation. In the Lord of the Flies, Piggy is the only one who has useful ideas and sees the right way for the boys to act. The conch has a certain kind of power over the boys and their behavior. The fire is the last form of hope on the island and the boys soon give up on it. Golding depicts the story’s symbols of intelligence and hope through Piggy’s glasses, the conch, and the fire.
Ralph was probably the most influential person at the beginning of the novel since he was a leader. While everyone was concerned with having fun, Ralph was more worried about doing whatever he could to get rescued. Seen in chapter 2 when Ralph says “If a ship comes near they island they may not notice us”. “We must make a fire” (38). Ralph’s ability to persuade the boys to behave civilly was most impressive until the boys slowly began to become savage.
One was when the boys were stuck on the island, Piggy was always picked on by Jack, the id, and ignored by Ralph, the ego, yet Piggy still tried to warn others of the tragedies ahead of them. Piggy cared about the others. In the book, Piggy said “I told you to get a list of names” (Golding 46). Piggy tried to get everyone’s name so that they felt accepted. By knowing everyone’s name everyone felt like they mattered.
The many decisions and events that take place are not ones for literary purposes, but instead to show the ways of humanity. For example, the death of Simon was not for the interesting plot, but to prove the overwhelming feelings the boys have towards killing the beast and the pig. This I shown through the boys not recognizing Simon, and letting the chanting and overwhelming thoughts of the hunt take over them, proving that humans often take things to a whole new level of excitement. Many of
In doing so, we see how essential not only it is for Lennie to gain another friend in times of loneliness, but for Crooks as well. Being secluded from companionship like Crooks is, he becomes dependent on Lennie for moments like those to remind him that he is still a human being. Lennie, like George, also doesn’t want to risk losing a friend over something minor. When Lennie wanted some ketchup and he saw that he made George angry by continuously asking for what they don’t have, he immediately apologized and said “I wouldn’t eat no ketchup, George. I’d leave it all for you.
People would creep in at night on Eli’s father and hit him to be able to steal the little food he had. I will never forget the image of the sick father getting beat for his food because that was his food and nobody had the right to steal it. He was sick and the little food he had he needed. I felt pain when I read of this part in the book. The pain the father must have been in trying to fight for his food and then getting it taken from him and having to feel hunger and sick.