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Lord of the Flies

Although the boys in Lord of the Flies come from privileged, upper-class backgrounds, and although they're supposed to act like little gentlemen at all times, over the course of the novel they...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2021 10:41 am UTC

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It just means that Jack and the hunters are going to kill Ralph, cut off his head, and offer it as a sacrifice to the Beast (which is nothing but a dead paratrooper). One sharp end goes into the...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2008 6:04 am UTC

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Chapter Five is significant because we see the first serious cracks emerge in the fragile society that the boys have begun to create on the island. Jack's exuberance for hunting sees the fire...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2013 12:50 pm UTC

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In chapter 4, Jack allows his hunters to leave the signal fire, and the boys miss out on a chance to be rescued when a ship passes the island. By the end of chapter 4, Ralph realizes the need to...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2017 12:45 am UTC

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The first mention of the beast occurs in chapter two during the afternoon meeting. Ralph and Jack both, each in his own way, mention the importance of rules whilst Piggy makes everyone aware that...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016 6:33 pm UTC

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The uninhabited tropical island the boys crash-land on symbolizes the Garden of Eden, which according to the Bible was considered paradise before the Fall of Man. The Garden of Eden was a pristine...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2017 2:26 pm UTC

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Vivid imagery, which is description using any of the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell, is used throughout chapter three. Near the end of the chapter, the narrator describes...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2021 12:16 pm UTC

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Chapter Six of Lord of the Flies brings the isolated boys closer to humanity as a parachutist from an air battle dies in a tree atop a mountain. However, this wafting figure of death and war...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2013 5:07 am UTC

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As a character, Piggy represented rational thought and intellect. His death represents the death of these things and the triumph of savagery and mayhem. The conch, which represents civilized...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2021 11:14 am UTC

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In chapter 7, Ralph begins daydreaming about a comfortable place for he and his parents to visit. Every aspect of civilized life came into view for Ralph: Once, following his father from Chatham to...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2011 5:24 am UTC

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Piggy's glasses symbolize a connection to civilization and to scientific reasoning that generally erodes through the conflict in the novel. In the first chapter, Ralph asks Piggy about his father,...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2020 11:59 am UTC

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Initially, Jack is in favor of the rules, and when Ralph elaborates on how they will use the conch to take turns speaking, Jack says, We'll have rules!...Lots of rules! Then when anyone breaks 'em...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 9:24 am UTC

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In the opening paragraph of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the author makes it clear that this is a tropical island. It is lush and green and beautiful--and running right through all this...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2013 3:23 pm UTC

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After the brutal murder of Simon, Jack insists that their gate must be defended and secured so that the other boys and the "beast" doesn't sneak in. The boys are all in agreement after Jack asks...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2016 4:29 pm UTC

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Ralph’s concerns are about fresh water, using the lavatory, building shelters, and safe use of fire. He also wants the group to stay together. Ralph decides they need an assembly , but not for...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2014 3:54 am UTC

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There are several metaphors within Chapter Two of Lord of the Flies: "He was a shrimp of a boy, about six years old, and one side of his face was blotted bout by a mulberry-colored birthmark."...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016 5:06 am UTC

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Ralph is rightly skeptical of the existence of the beast. This shows us his practical, down-to-earth manner. He's not interested in childish fantasies; he just wants to get down to the practical...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2021 2:44 pm UTC

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One of Piggy's defining characteristics, which sets him apart from most of the other boys, is that he is a logical thinker. After the forest fire in chapter 2, he points out to his gung-ho...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2021 11:59 am UTC

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After Ralph throws his spear at a wild boar that runs through the bushes, Jack chases after the creature, wounding his arm in the process. The boys become overexcited by all this action and decide...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2016 7:18 am UTC

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After the Roman-like feast in which the boys engaged in animalistic behavior and became so carried away in their beating of the beast ritual that the unsuspecting Simon became caught in, and,...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2014 7:59 pm UTC

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Roger kills Piggy because he can, and he has realized that no one on the island can or will limit his cruelty. Early on in the novel, Roger tests the boundaries of his bullying in the chapter...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2012 5:43 am UTC

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When the boys first venture to Castle Rock, Jack is ecstatic about the potential of the place to be a fort; he looks at the clusters and boulders, viewing it all from the perspective of strategy...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2012 12:54 am UTC

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The narrator uses the word "scar" repeatedly early in the novel to describe the damage done when the plane carrying the boys crashes on the island. One quote is as follows: Beyond falls and cliffs...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2021 11:19 am UTC

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On the last page of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, having been rescued by the naval officer from death at the hands of Jack and the hunters who have descended to pure savagery, Ralph assesses...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2011 5:47 am UTC

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All of the characters in Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, are young boys ranging in age from five or six to about thirteen. They are on an island after a plane crash, and there are no adults...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013 11:01 pm UTC

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As the elected leader of the boys, Ralph understands the importance of rules in order to maintain a civil society and eventually be rescued from the uninhabited island. Ralph believes that creating...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2017 9:41 am UTC

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In this scene, we can see the close connection that Simon enjoys with his immediate environment. While the other boys treat the island as nothing more than a giant adventure playground, Simon...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2019 7:30 am UTC

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Jack hesitates to kill the pig because of the enormity associated with taking the life of a creature and the massive amount of blood involved in the ordeal. At this point in the story, Jack and the...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2021 11:45 am UTC

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It is also worth noting that, by describing nature so violently, Golding is likely implying once again the connection between the violence and madness of the boys and the natural world. In several...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2015 11:52 am UTC

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For yards round the fire the heat was like a blow, and the breeze was a river of sparks. The heat from the initial flames is "like a blow" which is to say it is like a wind current. This is a...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2014 2:31 am UTC

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Simon is the only boy who possesses hidden knowledge of the beast and understands that it is not a tangible creature that can be killed. After Ralph, Jack, and Roger confirm its existence, Simon...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2021 12:07 pm UTC

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Though Ralph and Jack both jockey for the position of leader of the boys on the island, Jack's desire for power is darker and reveals a malignant narcissism. He seeks control through capitalizing...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2021 2:55 pm UTC

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding reveals the potential for disaster when a group of school boys are left to their own devices and must choose between making good choices and aligning themselves...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2015 7:08 am UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous posts, Piggy makes this statement during an assembly meeting in Chapter 5 when the boys begin to discuss the identity of the beast. Ralph initially states that...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2017 9:16 am UTC

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The face painting Jack does to prepare for the hunt is at first an attempt to solve a problem. He thinks that the pigs can pick out his face while he is stalking them, so decides to smear some clay...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2021 11:17 am UTC

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In chapter 6, a dead paratrooper falls from the sky and Samneric mistake the corpse for the beast. After they run back down the mountain and describe what they saw, Ralph holds an emergency...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017 3:36 pm UTC

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In Lord of the Flies, quotes in chapter 3 that demonstrate how the boys have lost their innocence include a comparison to Jack as an ape, which makes him seem savage and animalistic, traits that...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2021 1:41 pm UTC

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In Chapter 2, Ralph holds an assembly to establish rules and explain to the boys that they are on an uninhabited island. After Ralph mentions that they are on a "good island," a littlun with a...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2017 12:33 pm UTC

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The entire setting of William Golding's Lord of the Flies is integral to the story. The schoolboys have been left stranded on an island and their trouble begins immediately. Golding uses various...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2013 11:27 pm UTC

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At the beginning of the novel, Ralph finds Piggy to be annoying and is relatively unsympathetic to his situation. Despite Piggy's obvious affinity for Ralph, Ralph calls Piggy by his unflattering...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2017 9:57 am UTC

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At the beginning of chapter 6, the parachutist is shot out of the sky during an aerial battle while the boys are asleep and descends on the island, landing on the top of the mountain near the...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2021 12:21 pm UTC

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In Lord of the Flies, William Golding presents the relationship between Ralph and Jack as strained, uneasy, and complex before it breaks down into absolute hostility. In chapter 3, a long argument...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2021 11:23 am UTC

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In Chapter 7, the boys search the island for the beast, and Jack challenges Ralph to continue hunting the beast when darkness falls. Ralph reluctantly agrees to climb the mountain in the dark with...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2017 12:48 am UTC

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Jack is an authoritarian leader while Ralph is more of an egalitarian. Even in the first chapter, Jack is shown as a strict leader who demands obedience as his choir members follow him across the...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016 6:03 am UTC

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Toward the end of chapter 11, Roger purposely dislodges a giant boulder from the top of Castle Rock and rolls it directly towards Piggy. The boulder ends up hitting Piggy and kills him instantly....

Latest answer posted March 14, 2018 5:48 pm UTC

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In chapter 3 of Lord of the Flies, we see that the tension between Ralph and Jack is getting stronger. Jack is more concerned with hunting the pig, and Ralph wants to build shelter and keep the...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2015 1:08 pm UTC

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The "beast" has quickly assumed almost mythological proportions in the minds of the young boys stranded on the island in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Early in Golding's novel, the notion of...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2017 7:28 pm UTC

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Just think how horrible it would have been had Golding not written this scene the way he did. Imagine if he had left mutilated Simon's body on the beach to rot. The effect would have been almost...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2010 3:55 pm UTC

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In Chapter 7, Ralph joins Jack and his hunters for the first time and successfully wounds a boar. Ralph gets caught up in the emotion of the hunt and allows his primitive instincts to take over....

Latest answer posted December 7, 2017 11:31 pm UTC

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The significance of chapter 10’s title, “The Shell and the Glasses,” might lie in its lack of significance. The title arguably carries an ironic meaning. William Golding has made the conch and...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2021 3:47 pm UTC

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