Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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In Lord of the Flies, how is the choir different in appearance from the other boys? What is signifcant about this? This is from chapter one.

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The first part of the novel establishes the chaos and the boys' minimal attempts at creating unity in the aftermath of the crash. The author ironically uses the choir boys (a euphemism for innocents) as the group that quickly sinks into savagery.

The boys' appearance in their robes is significant for several reasons. They are the only segment of the survivors to be dressed the same: the choir robe over similar shirt/shorts stands for any type of uniform. Second, Jack, their leader, has encouraged them to don the robes, and they have agreed to his bidding, as they will continue to do. He also seems to think that the choir boys (including himself) are special and that his heading up the choir makes him a suitable leader for everyone. The petulant way he puts forward that opinion establishes him as childish. Overall, their appearance in their black cloaks and Jack's behavior suggest their unity and Jack's immaturity.

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Ralph blows the conch under Piggy's direction and boys emerge, clearly bewildered, some naked and some in school uniforms of varying colors and styles.

The arrival of the choir is quite different from the images already created of boys randomly wandering around and having no direction.  They wear a uniform and are distinct from the others.

There is drama and anticipation as ..."the creature stepped from mirage onto clear sand..."  preparing the reader for something ominous and definitely foreshadowing the events that will take place later.

The choir arrives, organized and marching

approximately in step in two parallel lines

creating a totally different picture, with a clear leader (Jack) whose badge is different fro the other choir members, signifying his leadership. Jack attempts to maintain order amongst the choir boys and gets into conversation with Ralph immediately.

Piggy is intimidated by Jack, something that will hamper him throughout.  Jack is self-assured and his position as "chapter  chorister and head boy" adds to his arrogance, again inferring that he will play a significant role in this novel.   


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