Are there any quotes in Lord Of the Flies that show changes in the characters?At least 2 quotes. Thank you :)

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the course of the narrative of Lord of the Flies, the longer the boys are stranded on the island, the more savage they become.

In chapter 7 it is morning, and Ralph plans to look for the beast, accompanied by Jack. However, Roger calls out to Jack, "Come and see!" Jack responds, and the two of them inspect pig droppings. Jack suggests that they hunt since they are searching for the beast, anyway. They do not go far before the pig dives into the creepers. The boys fling themselves into the creepers after it; then, Ralph sees the pig heading toward him with the sunlight hitting his tusks. Strangely calm, Ralph measures the distance between himself and the pig. "He flung the foolish wooden stick that he carried, saw it hit the snout, and hang there for a moment." Jack and the others pursue the pig, but it gets away. With excitement, Ralph tells Jack, "I hit him all right. The spear stuck in. I wounded him." Ralph delights in the attention he receives, and he "felt that hunting was good after all." 

In chapter 9, as Piggy and Ralph bathe in the pool, Ralph asks where the others are, and Piggy tells him that the boys have gone to look for Jack's party to have some meat. "'And for hunting . . . and for pretending to be a tribe, and putting on war-paint,'" Ralph adds, knowingly. Piggy suggests that they go, also, "to make sure nothing happens." So, they set out. When they approach the edge of the grassy platform, the boys fall silent; then, Jack orders that someone give Ralph and Piggy some food. Afterwards, Jack tries to enlist the boys of Ralph's group onto his side. But, when lightning flashes, the boys are distracted and frightened. Quickly, Jack orders the boys to "Do our dance!" So, the boys form a circle with their spears and clubs in hand. A chant begins—"Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!" Roger, who has been pretending to be a pig, leaves the circle. But, the chanting starts again, and the boys pound with their spears on something. "Even in the rain they could see how small a beast it was, and already its blood was staining the sand." Soon the parachutist hovers over the boys, and they run in fear; Simon's body is carried out to sea by the storm that begins.

The next day Ralph talks to Piggy, saying that they participated in Simon's murder. Piggy denies that they acted in such a way, rationalizing, "It was an accident . . . that's what it was. An accident." Piggy insists that he was on the outside of the circle, and refuses to admit his complicity in what has happened. For the first time, Piggy rationalizes savage behavior in which he has taken part. "It was an accident," says Piggy stubbornly, "and that's that."

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter four, when Jack first paints the mask on his face, his character and personality morph into something much darker under the freedom of his new disguise.

"Beside the pool his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them.  He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling" (64).

The mask hides Jack away--not just from nature, but from the other boys.  Wearing the mask frees Jack to become a much more ruthless version of himself.  Where Jack formerly balked at the idea of bloodshed and hesitated killing the piglet, the masked Jack feels no such restrictions--as if he has freed himself from the boundaries and restraints of civilization.

"He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness" (64).

This moment in the novel when Jack first begins to wear the mask signals his transition from modest choir boy to ruthless savage.

bjacksss | Student

Preferably *nature* quotes related to change in characters

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