In Lord of the Flies; Explain the line on page 167: "There was the throb and stamp of a single organism."

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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In the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, the boys begin to be 'possessed' of a common primeval drive - put down perhaps as 'sin' by the traditionalists of the christian establishment with which William Golding was familiar as a child. He explores this idea further in this part of the novel. Scared by the thought of the beast, and refusing to take time to listen to any other explanation they seek solace in banding together as a group and the common beating and dancing rhythm re-inforces this and emboldens them - as in a war dance of a warrior tribe. The danger of this type of 'hype' is that a common drive can motivate normally rational beings to forget usual mores and behaviors and commit crimes which alone they would never dream of. We have seen this happen through history - in some crimes where there is a tragedy, a law of joint culpability can be applied. Simon represents an innocence that is destroyed by this type of behavior:

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The statement above was in the chapter titled A view of Death.  The boys are gathered around the fire and it is making sounds like rain will begin.  Ralph made a comment about Jack not having shelters which he did not like.  He calls to the boys to dance.  They dance around the fire becoming more and more entranced in their wildness.  Their ritual has brought hem to being one, just like mob behavior.  The repetition of their movements made them feel confident and savage.  The boys are all caught up in the frenzy together as if they are one person or being. The line was on page 152 in my book.