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In chapter 12 of "Lord of the Flies", how does the author describe Ralph's flights across the island?

In Chapter Twelve, Ralph is hunted in much the same way that the pigs have been hunted, so he must flee like an animal in flight. In the night, the outcast Ralph hears sounds coming from behind the...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2017 10:16 am UTC

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In Lord of the Flies, on what page does Jack say, "I ought to be chief"?

“I ought to be chief,” said Jack with simple arrogance, “because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.” The above quote is found on page 28 of my edition. Different editions...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2016 1:24 pm UTC

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In Lord of the Flies, Chapter 6, where is Castle Rock mentioned?

On the search for the beast the day after Samneric see it in the dark, Ralph, Jack, and a party of biguns head out to explore the only place on the island that Jack and his hunters have never been....

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 6:42 pm UTC

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What are the main conflicts in Lord of The Flies?

There are numerous conflicts which propel the plot of Lord of the Flies. Here are some of the most significant: Man vs Nature: From the moment the boys land on the island, they battle the forces of...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020 3:45 am UTC

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In Chapter 5 of "Lord of the Flies", when Percival remembers his name and address but not his telephone...

In Chapter 5, Piggy asks Percival Wemys Madison to speak about fears. Percival is terrified of speaking to the group of boys. Piggy asks him to say his name, but he cannot. Then Ralph sharply...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2008 11:10 am UTC

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In Chapter 10 in The Lord of the Flies, how does Jack account for the death of Simon?

Jack's answer to Stanley's question is another example of his evolving and growing ability to channel the boys' fear to strengthen his position of leadership. Stanley cannot even finish the...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2015 9:44 pm UTC

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In chapter 6 of Lord of the Flies, why does Jack want to have a fort on the rock island?

In chapter 6, Jack and Ralph lead an expedition across the island in search of the mysterious beast. When they arrive at Castle Rock, Jack is immediately impressed by the rock formation and...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2018 1:57 pm UTC

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In chapter 12, what does Ralph say to the twins when they refuse to help him?

Ralph's conversation with Samneric after Jack has captured them and they become "part of the tribe" emphasizes the total devolution of society on the island. First Ralph tries to point out to the...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 5:32 pm UTC

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"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise...

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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What happens to Wilfred in chapter 10 of Lord of the Flies?

In chapter 10 of Lord of the Flies, Jack has rebelled against Ralph and has drawn most of the boys after him to form his own tribe. He makes his camp on Castle Rock. When Roger approaches the camp...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2016 11:55 pm UTC

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What songs represent the plot, characters or themes, etc of Lord of the Flies? 

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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Lord Of The Flies Thesis Statement

It seems to me that the author is suggesting that all men are still savages at heart and that civilization is just a thin veneer which can easily break down when men find themselves in an...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2015 6:20 pm UTC

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How Did Piggy Die

After Simon’s unfortunate death, the hunters led by Jack attack Ralph’s group and manage to steal Piggy’s glasses which they wanted to use for lighting a fire. This prompts Ralph, Samneric and...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2015 10:24 am UTC

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Where does Simon go at the end of Chapter 3? Why do you think the boys say he is funny and odd?

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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Where does Simon go at the end of Chapter 3 of Lord of the Flies?

Simon went off to be alone. I see Simon as the most curious and aware of all the children on the island. He doesn't have the grown-up, scientific sense of Piggy or the political strength or...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2009 2:49 am UTC

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In Lord of the Flies, what does this quote mean: "The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch...

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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Why Was Lord Of The Flies Banned

Lord of the Flies appears on the American Library Association's list of 100 most challenged and banned books for 1990–1999, but it does not appear on that list for 2000–2009. Certain school...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016 1:51 am UTC

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How is the boy with the mulberry birthmark important to the story of Lord of the Flies? 

The boys of Lord of the Flies are faced with a terrible situation. Stranded on an island, having no preparation or training, the boys must survive and hope for rescue. Survival is not automatic,...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2012 10:31 pm UTC

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 In Lord of the Flies, what does Simon think about 'the beast'?

Simon is the only character throughout the novel to understand the true nature of the beast. In chapter 5, the boys begin to discuss the existence of the beast during an assembly. After Ralph,...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2017 9:18 am UTC

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In chapter 10 of The Lord of the Flies, what is the significance of the title "The Shell and the Glasses"?

From the beginning, the conch shell symbolizes rules and order for this little civilization. Chapter 10 follows the murder of Simon, and Ralph and Piggy are struggling with the reality of what has...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2019 7:52 pm UTC

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What is a quote talking about Jack's being unable to kill the piglet in Lord of the Flies?  (If you can include the...

Jack's inability to kill the blood of the piglet caught in the creepers indicates that, at this time, the vestiges of civilization are still stronger than the innate savagery in him. As Ralph,...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2017 2:13 pm UTC

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In Chapter 9, why do Ralph and Piggy join the dance?

Towards the end of Chapter 9, Jack demands that his hunters begin their ceremonial dance as it starts to thunderstorm overhead. Roger plays the role of the pig, and the hunters surround him while...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2017 9:30 am UTC

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In chapter four of Lord of the Flies by William Golding, why do Roger and Maurice kick over the sand castles of the...

Chapter four of William Golding's Lord of the Flies is titled "Painted Faces and Long Hair," and the long hair part of the title indicates that some time has passed. The painted faces aspect of the...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2013 4:47 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of the following quote? "Jack himself shrank at this cry with a hiss of indrawn breath, and for...

At the beginning of chapter three we encounter Jack hunting in the forest. He has been unsuccessful in his endeavor thus far. His presence frightens a bird that flies off, uttering a "harsh cry" as...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2017 10:48 am UTC

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What adjectives best describe Jack in Lord of the Flies by William Golding?

Jack Merridew is one of the four primary characters in Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and he is the driving force behind the decline of civilization on the island. One adjective which...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2013 4:51 am UTC

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What are the leadership styles of Ralph and Jack in Lord of the Flies?      

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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Why does Ralph not blow the conch in Lord of the Flies?

Having witnessed how Jack moves closer to violence and how his power over the boys increases because it is emotional and exhilarating rather than rational, Ralph becomes aware that he is losing...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2017 5:10 am UTC

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In Chapter 7 of Lord of the Flies, why do the boys run from the dead paratrooper?

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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In chapter 8 of Lord of the Flies, why does Simon want to climb the mountain?

The mountain top is established as a significant destination early in the book, and Simon is one of first boys to reach it. Together with Ralph and Jack, when they were still getting along, Simon...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2020 4:29 am UTC

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In Chapter 12 of Lord of the Flies, what does Ralph do when he is confronted by the Lord of the Flies?

In chapter 12, Ralph walks in the forest alone as he attempts to avoid Jack and his tribe of savages. When Ralph accidentally stumbles into Simon's secret clearing in the forest, he is initially...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2018 1:38 pm UTC

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How does Golding (lord of the flies) show you that time is passing on the island? How does Golding (lord of the...

Golding illustrates that time is passing on the island by depicting how the boys' hair grows significantly longer and how their clothes become increasingly worn. When the boys initially arrive on...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2018 3:49 pm UTC

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In Lord of the Flies, what is the significance of the title "Beast from Water"?

In chapter 5, "Beast from Water," the fears of the boys are discussed openly in a meeting. Unfortunately, Ralph has called the meeting just at dusk, and by the time he opens up the discussion to...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016 7:58 pm UTC

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Jack says,"after all, we're not savages. We're English; and the English are best at everything.So we've got to...

In chapter 2, the boys attempt to establish a civil society and Ralph suggests that they have a group of boys stationed at the top of the mountain at all times in order to maintain a signal fire....

Latest answer posted September 9, 2018 12:46 pm UTC

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Please explain the meaning or significance of this quote from Lord of the Flies. “Fancy thinking the Beast was...

This quotation, when Simon is in his hiding spot having a conversation with the Lord of the Flies is a very important moment in the book. The boys are looking for an external beast. The pig head...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2013 4:52 pm UTC

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Who is in Jack's group in Lord of the Flies?

Throughout the novel Lord of the Flies, Jack is in charge of a group of boys. The members of that group change as the story progresses. At the beginning of the novel, Jack is the leader of the...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2018 3:45 am UTC

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In chapter 3 of Lord of the Flies, why does Ralph insist on building the huts, and what do they represent?

In chapter 3, Ralph attempts to persuade the group of boys into building several huts on the beach to protect them from the elements. Unfortunately, the majority of the boys leave after helping...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2018 8:44 am UTC

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In Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, why is Simon’s dead body being carried out to sea a type of glorification?

Your question suggests that Golding's description, in this regard, places Simon in an exalted position, that he is deemed greater than he really is. In a religious sense, this would mean that he...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2016 11:22 am UTC

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What exactly is the BEAST in the novel Lord of the Flies?  What does it symbolize? Explain.

The Beast is built up to be a physical personification of evil. It is treated as a God-like monster who is given sacrifices and offerings, and it is feared by the boys. What we ultimately come to...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2010 4:05 am UTC

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Please explain the development of Piggy and Ralph's relationship in "Lord of the Flies". how it started,...

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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Describe Jack's violent reactions in Lord of the Flies.

Compared in the end of "Lord of the Flies" to an ape and a savage, Jack represents the complete unleashing of man's base, primal nature. As such his reactions to situations become increasingly...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2009 1:53 am UTC

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How is color used as a symbol in Lord of the Flies?

In Lord of the Flies, the reader is gradually drawn into the dramatic story as the boys change from innocent schoolboys, shocked but exhilarated by their isolation on this most beautiful island...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2015 10:02 am UTC

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Why does the rescuing naval officer comment,"I should have thought that a pack of British boys would have put on...

When the naval officer comes on shore, he sees Ralph, covered in mud, dirt, and blood carrying pointed sticks while being chased by other boys who are "streaked with colored clay, sharp sticks in...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2018 1:12 am UTC

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How was Wilfred punished in Lord of the Flies?   Chapter 10 - Lord of the Flies

In chapter 10, Robert informs Roger that Wilfred has been tied up for hours and is waiting to receive a severe beating. When Roger asks why Jack has decided to tie up and beat Wilfred, Robert...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2018 2:26 pm UTC

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In Lord of the Flies, what does the reader know about Piggy's background? Do we know where or when he was born? His...

The lines mwestwood gave you are about the only certain things we can know about Piggy. The rest we have to surmise. His parents are not in the picture, which is why he's living with an aunt....

Latest answer posted July 14, 2010 10:59 am UTC

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Lord of the Flies Chapter 1: What does Ralph's dad do?

In chapter one there are two places that show what Ralph's father did. In the beginning when Ralph is talking with Piggy, Ralph says that his father, who is a commander in the navy, taught him how...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2015 3:21 am UTC

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What is the quote that Jack says about power?

In chapter 1, Jack immediately demonstrates his need to be in control when Ralph suggests that the boys select a chief. Jack responds by saying, I ought to be chief . . . because I'm chapter...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2017 1:40 pm UTC

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How does Jack manipulate the boys in "Lord of the Flies"?

Jack plays emotion in order to manipulate the boys. Ralph and Piggy represent reason in the story, and try to reason with the boys by explaining the "truths", as they see them - the importance of...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2009 4:26 am UTC

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Why Doesn't Jack Kill The Pig

In Chapter One of William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies, the reader is introduced to the characters, the young boys stranded on a deserted island, and the first glimmers of divisions and...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2014 4:00 pm UTC

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In Lord of the Flies, what is the significance of Simon's special place?

In Lord of the Flies, Simon is not like the other boys. He is very helpful and kind and is the one who helps Ralph build the shelters. He finds the growing conflict between Ralph and Jack to be...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2015 1:08 pm UTC

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What kind of a person is Ralph in chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies?  

Ralph is depicted as an attractive, civil adolescent in chapter 1. He is elected chief during the first assembly. Golding describes Ralph as an athletic, handsome young boy who has the physique of...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 9:29 pm UTC

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