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Why is Percival unable to remember his name in Chapter 12 of Lord of the Flies?

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xn0t0ri0usx | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 23, 2008 at 1:09 PM via web

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Why is Percival unable to remember his name in Chapter 12 of Lord of the Flies?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 23, 2008 at 2:38 PM (Answer #1)

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As one of the two smallest littleuns, Percival's ability to recite his name and address as he has been taught is a sign of the morals and civilized manners ingrained in him by nurturing in his former life.  In Chapter 4, his rote repetition of this information reminds him and the other youngest children of their homes and families, and they begin to wail in miserable longing for their past situations.  Percival is representative of the boys' gradual and progressive loss of all they have learned previously, the longer they run wild on the island.  When Percival is unable to remember his name in Chapter 12, it is indicative of the total loss of innocence of all the boys, and is illustrative of how far they have come from their former reality in their descent into savagery.

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sdees | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 31, 2008 at 10:38 AM (Answer #2)

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Percival's ability to recite his name, address, and telephone number at the beginning of the story is a symbol of his connection to civilization. By the end of the novel all thought of things civilized is lost. His inability to remember what was important in civilizes society shows the reader how he and the other boys on the island have disconnected from the civilized world.

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georgewizziwig | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 10, 2009 at 12:10 AM (Answer #3)

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As one of the two smallest littleuns, Percival's ability to recite his name and address as he has been taught is a sign of the morals and civilized manners ingrained in him by nurturing in his former life. In Chapter 4, his rote repetition of this information reminds him and the other youngest children of their homes and families, and they begin to wail in miserable longing for their past situations. Percival is representative of the boys' gradual and progressive loss of all they have learned previously, the longer they run wild on the island. When Percival is unable to remember his name in Chapter 12, it is indicative of the total loss of innocence of all the boys, and is illustrative of how far they have come from their former reality in their descent into savagery.

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zains | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 12, 2012 at 6:47 AM (Answer #5)

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As one of the two smallest littluns, Percival's ability to recite his name and address as he has been taught is a sign of the morals and civilized manners ingrained in him by nurturing in his former life. In Chapter 4, his rote repetition of this information reminds him and the other youngest children of their homes and families, and they begin to wail in miserable longing for their past situations. Percival is representative of the boys' gradual and progressive loss of all they have learned previously, the longer they run wild on the island. When Percival is unable to remember his name in Chapter 12, it is indicative of the total loss of innocence of all the boys, and is illustrative of how far they have come from their former reality in their descent into savagery.

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zains | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 12, 2012 at 6:47 AM (Answer #6)

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he is dumb also

 

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zains | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 12, 2012 at 6:49 AM (Answer #7)

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poor boy. his mother should know that that he forgot all vestiges of civilization

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zains | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 12, 2012 at 6:50 AM (Answer #8)

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