Study Guide Discussion.We are twins working on a study guide packet for the book "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding. We wanted to start a discussion about the book and relay questions.We would...

Study Guide Discussion.

We are twins working on a study guide packet for the book "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding. We wanted to start a discussion about the book and relay questions.We would appreciate any input that anyone has for ayn of the questions. We would like to see not only our own views but other people's views as well. So hopefully we can understand the book more. Some of the questions from our packet are..

1)While the Boys are on the island what kinds of things frighten them?

Our answer: The "Beasties", each other, pigs, and the "beast from the air"

2) How does Ralph try to calm down the "littluns"?

Our answer: He tries reasoning with them.

3) When Jack mimics Ralph during the assembly about the beast what is Ralph's reaction?

Our Answer: We needed some help with this one. We figured Ralph would be annoyed and upset but weren't sure if that was what was in the book.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

-------In the beginning of Lord of the Flies, the boys, especially the littl'uns are afraid of anything with which they are unfamiliar.  Of course, after the crash, they are worried that not all of them escaped: 

"Some of them must have got out.  They must have, musn't they?"

They are concerned about the pilot and wonder what has happened to the plane itself.  When the boy with the mulberry spot disappears, the others question where he has gone; later, they believe that the beast has taken him.  Piggy, the rational force, worries how they will get along without adults.  Of course, paramount is the concern of how they will be rescued; when Ralph thinks of the fire, they become concerned with its building as they are with making shelters, eating, and disposal of their waste.

------To calm the boys, Ralph assumes the leadership role and, with Piggy, appeals to common sense and reasoning in dealing with their problems.  Ralph copies from his society:  He calls an assembly and uses the conch as a symbol of the right to speak.

------Confronted by an adversary in the person of Jack, Ralph tries to provide reasonable answers for the boys' questions.  For instance, in Chapter Five when a boy named Phil relates an experience with the beast, Ralph dismisses his tale by saying, "That was a nightmare." 

However, in Chapter Four when Jack cruelly mimics him, Ralph scolds him, but does not know what to do and is ineffective in his attempt to have a meeting that is organized.


Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think you're right about what scares the boys.  Remember they're all having nightmares (even Jack admits to it).  In addition to the reasons on the island which you've listed above, they have memories of a war raging back in England (which is why they were evacuated), surviving a plane crash, and being away from home at such a young age.  Some of the littleuns are only six years old or so, and it's a different thing to be in this world than in the more familiar environment of their boarding schools.

I'd argue that it's Piggy who actually tries to calm the littleuns.  Ralph does his best, but it's Piggy who literally gets down on their level and tries to allay their fears. 

Ralph is aware that his control is slipping, but he seems helpless to do much about it.  He recognizes that if he does too much, there will be consequences; yet he knows doing nothing is probably going to create havoc and destruction on the island.  Piggy is the most aware of this reality, but Ralph understands this when he refuses to blow the conch one last time--fearing no one will respond and all semblance of order will be lost.

Sounds like you're off to a good start!

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Regarding the boys' fears on the island, Ralph in particular is worried about being rescued, which means he is also worried about dying on the island. He almost does die on the island, like Piggy, so his fears are justified. 

Regarding the impact of Piggy's revelation of his name, the result is that Ralph does not keep his secret and the boys quickly find something to use to ridicule Piggy - his name. 

twinpower | Student

I'm in a hurry and don't have time to post my answers to the questions because i would have to go back through the book, but i would appreciate any input anyone has on these questions.

1) What happens as a result of Ralph revealing Piggy's name to Jack?

2) What are three effects that follow the election at the first assembly?

3) What happens as a result of Ralph, Jack, and Simon finding a pig while exploring the island?

4) What events cause Ralph and Jack to get into an argument about building the huts?


I'll post my answers to the questions later, thanks.

twinpower | Student

Thank you so much for the help,

I'll continue posting as i get further in the book. (:

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