Chapter One 1) How do the boys get stranded on the island? The setting of the novel is during the war. The plane that had all the young boys was shot down over the sea. The boys were evacuated from the atomic bomb 2) Describe the relationship between Ralph and Piggy at the beginning of the novel -Ralph is excited to find out about “No grown-ups”= carefree -Piggy sounds a little concerned. - 3) Why does Ralph reveal Piggy’s nickname to Jack?
Jack, symbolizing the army and aggressive side of man, starts to take over the island by playing on the boys’ fear of a beast they think is living on the island. Under the influence of this beast, which is really the evil inside all of them, all of the boys are whipped into a frenzy and end up murdering Simon. This is when the book hits a major shift and everything starts to unravel. The boys become wilder and more primal and end up killing Piggy. At the very end of the novel Jack and the rest of the boys are hunting Ralph across the island (which is burning down around them) when he is saved by the arrival of a boat and an adult.
When they gather around for the first time after Ralph summons them, he declares “We’ll have rules…lots of rules! Then when anyone breaks ‘em-.” (Golding 33). The boys are excited to have rules; they are comforted by this thought, even Jack, who is in obvious competition with Ralph to become chief from the very start. They are welcoming to the thought of punishment if rules are broken, because this is how they function in their civilized lives. When Jack finds out there are animals on the island, he wants to hunt them.
His leadership skills are seen by Ralph even though he isn't as old as Ralph and Jack. He is the first person to realise that "the beastie" is not a physical being/animal trying to make all the boys on the island suffer and have a miserable time. Simon shows his courage by his eagerness to make yet another journey to discover the beast's true self. It is necessary for him to become isolated in order to see things more clearly. Along with Piggy, unfortunately, he becomes a symbol of sacrifice when the boys tear him to pieces.
There is tension that is built up during the survival of the boys on the island: tension between social responsibility and individual needs, tension between rational and emotional reactions and tension between mortality and immortality. These tensions contribute to the disintegration of order as the boys begin to lose control because Golding shows that the savagery inside them is instinct and everyone is born with evil inside them. Golding uses a variety of techniques to portray the disintegration of order. In the novel, he uses hunting and violence as one of the main themes to convey the boys as savages. There are six main hunts shown and as the hunting proceeds the boys lose their identity as the little children in England.
This shows his intelligence, because this is exactly what the boys need: fun to counteract the fear of the beast, and meat to avoid being hungry. However, his need of power often blinds his intelligence. For instance, he doesn’t realize that by setting the whole island on fire to eliminate the last element of opposition to his dictatorship - Ralph -, he’s committing suicide, as there won’t be any food more for them to eat. The opposition between Jack and Ralph can be noticed throughout the book. Whereas Ralph wants to be rescued as soon as
"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy." How might this passage be used to demonstrate the main themes of Golding's Lord of the Flies? The novel, Lord of the Flies was written by William Golding in 1954. This novel is about a group of English schoolboys, who has a plane crash and assembles on an island, waiting for rescue. At the beginning, they try to set up a small society similar to the adult's and elect Ralph as a leader.
When Jack gains the support of the boys, this shows that everyone has evil inside of them, but it's usually held back unless something triggers it to come out. Psychological Freud: Jack is the ID because he is driven by his desire for power, control, and the pig meat. In chapter 12, he tries to kill Ralph with the fire, which shows how he really wants the power and will stop at nothing, including killing, to obtain it. Also, he does not
(Golding 82). Jack publicly makes fun of the littluns. Jack disrespects the other boys' feelings, making them feel inferior and acting as if their fears are a sign of weakness. The younger boys' feelings of inferiority force them to follow Jack's orders, for fear of being punished or threatened if they go against his ideas. Jack's second anarchist method of leadership is made up of his passion for brutal hunting.
Loss of identity is a predominant theme of the novel. In the beginning of the novel Lord of the Flies, the most important/significant character is Ralph ,an innocent young boy who is focused on being a motivating leader, but he didn't know what he was in for. At times he was over ruled by Jack and the other boys on the island who all became savages and uncontrollable. Ralph starts out as the calm, mellow protagonist who organizes the boys by setting rules such as the conch. He starts to take part and witness violent acts such as the boys on the island hunting pigs.