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What do you consider to be the most significant quotation from The Lord of the Flies?

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drumfan27 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 28, 2007 at 4:05 PM via web

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What do you consider to be the most significant quotation from The Lord of the Flies?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted August 28, 2007 at 4:23 PM (Answer #2)

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This one from chapter 2 is pretty important, it's definitely one of the most famous:

"We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything."

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geraldo14 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 29, 2007 at 12:57 PM (Answer #3)

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Why do you consider it to be the most significant quotation from the novel?
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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted August 29, 2007 at 2:41 PM (Answer #4)

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Probably the main theme of the novel is the very fine line between civility and savagery. The pinnacle of civility is held to be English life, which is echoed in the quote. Golding is saying that even the "most civilized" nation in the world is one step away from brutality. 

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konrad14 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 5, 2007 at 8:04 AM (Answer #5)

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What other qoutation do u consider to be most significant from lord of the flies?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted September 5, 2007 at 9:18 AM (Answer #6)

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From Chapter 5: "'Maybe there is a beast....maybe it's only us.'"

This is a good one because one of the main ideas is the beast that's inside of humanity. The boys are scared of the beast, but the beast is inside them...

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coolnerd | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2007 at 4:10 PM (Answer #7)

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I think that the most important quote is " “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 what they are?”

This i because it is a turning point in the novel that describes that the beast has actually been unleashed and is free. This quote also demonstrates that Simon knew all along that the Beast was residing within, further contributing to his preceptive, 'Jesus' figure.

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coolnerd | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 8, 2007 at 1:24 PM (Answer #9)

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From Chapter 5: "'Maybe there is a beast....maybe it's only us.'"

This is a good one because one of the main ideas is the beast that's inside of humanity. The boys are scared of the beast, but the beast is inside them...

i agree that the quote you mentioned is extremely important. it shows Simon's heightened perception and his ability to express his idea that the Beast isn't merely a living thing to be afraid of. It is something that exists and lives in all of us and when there are no adults, and no law to condition our instincts and desires, we may also become savage

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted October 8, 2007 at 5:57 PM (Answer #10)

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Probably the main theme of the novel is the very fine line between civility and savagery. The pinnacle of civility is held to be English life, which is echoed in the quote. Golding is saying that even the "most civilized" nation in the world is one step away from brutality. 

I agree that this is one of the most significant themes, the fine line being illuminated in Ch 11:  "Which is better--to have laws and agree, or to hunt and kill?"  At this point, the boys are none to sure...

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted October 9, 2007 at 9:29 AM (Answer #11)

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I think that the most important quote is " “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 what they are?”

This i because it is a turning point in the novel that describes that the beast has actually been unleashed and is free. This quote also demonstrates that Simon knew all along that the Beast was residing within, further contributing to his preceptive, 'Jesus' figure.

yes, I agree this quote is the turning point of the novel when your'e reading it, especially for the first time. It kind of lays everything bare and exposes a lot of the mystery, including the mystery of Simon, all at once.

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sham09 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 17, 2008 at 5:16 PM (Answer #12)

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what does ralph mean when he say"Because rules are the only thing we have"?

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madisonshandro | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 5, 2010 at 10:34 AM (Answer #13)

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From Chapter 5: "'Maybe there is a beast....maybe it's only us.'"

This is a good one because one of the main ideas is the beast that's inside of humanity. The boys are scared of the beast, but the beast is inside them...

what page number is that in chapter 5 ?!?

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