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What are some important/significant items to RALPH in Lord of the Flies?In this...

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bobmacc | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM via web

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What are some important/significant items to RALPH in Lord of the Flies?

In this project, you will create a life box based on the text of Lord of the Flies and will present this box to the class.  A life box is a container with everyday items that relate to a character.  Choosing items to represent elements of a character will necessitate careful reading of the text.  Using details from the text to explain your choices will require you to use critical thinking!

A life box is a container of carefully chosen items that represent a particular character in a novel.  The box must contain five to seven things the character might use daily or have as a keepsake.  A line from the novel must be cited to justify each item.  The lines can be either spoken by the character or by another character in the story.

***** I CHOSE RALPH!!!!!!!!!!!!!I already have the conch, a hammer, and piggys glasses. I NEED HELP! (would a spear be good?)

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ajmchugh | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted August 12, 2011 at 12:30 AM (Answer #1)

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It seems as if you have a good start!  I'm not sure whether your teacher only wants you to include things that the characters could actually have on the island (you chose a hammer, which is appropriate if you want to represent Ralph's building of the huts--but Ralph didn't actually have a hammer on the island), but I'll give you a few things to consider so you can decide what works for you.  

1.  Ralph's tells Piggy, in Chapter 1, that his father is a commander in the Navy--and that his father will certainly come to rescue the boys when he gets leave.  Perhaps you could include a Naval ship; it could represent Ralph's father and the cruiser that rescues the boys at the end of the novel.  (The rescue itself connects to Ralph's character because Ralph is the one who tells the officer that he is "boss" on the island.)

2) Ralph is constantly upset by his dirty appearance; at the beginning of Chapter 7, he observes how filthy his clothing, hair, teeth, and nails have become.  He wishes for a toothbrush, wants to bathe with actual soap, and would like scissors to cut the hair out of his face.  The fact that Ralph obsesses about these issues shows readers his need for order and structure.  He feels helpless when things are out of his control.

3) Ralph understands that the signal fire is the most important thing on the island--and that the boys have no hope of being rescued without it.  Look at Chapter 2 for more information on the signal fire.  Maybe you could find a way to represent that. 

4) I'm not sure that I'd include a spear, because a spear is more representative of Jack's character.  Ralph really only hunts once in the novel, and his behavior during this hunt is out of character for him. 

I hope this is helpful. 

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