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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 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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In Lord of the Flies, Ralph is voted chief when he blows the conch to call all the boys together after they are stranded on a deserted island. Jack accepts Ralph's position as chief but constantly...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 12:20 pm UTC

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Another educator commented on Jack's initial rejection of the conch in chapter 2, when he is trying to draw lines around where there should be order and where the boys can live lawlessly. While he...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 10:13 pm UTC

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Man vs. nature is one of the three major external conflicts that can be found in many narratives. A man vs. nature conflict occurs when a character must struggle against the natural world in some...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016 7:37 pm UTC

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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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The imagery that Golding uses here is apt to describe the actions of an animal. This indicates that Jack has lost much of what is human about him and that he has begun the descent into savagery....

Latest answer posted November 22, 2016 9:48 am UTC

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In this scene, Henry (one of the littluns) has gone down to the beach where the tide is coming in, bringing with it small sea creatures that Golding identifies only as "tiny transparencies" that...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2009 2:23 pm UTC

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To identify quotes that illustrate that evil is inherent in everyone when it comes to William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, it might be helpful to define evil first, so that one knows what...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2021 3:49 pm UTC

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The boys arrive in their uniform school gear, representative of the ordered society they have left. When Ralph appears, he carries his school sweater and pulls at his stockings. The boys' uniform...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020 4:07 pm UTC

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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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I would argue that Jack's group kills Piggy because he is ideologically opposed to their thuggery and lack of civilization. Right to the end, Piggy adheres to the tenets of civilization, holding...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2021 11:32 am UTC

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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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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 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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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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As was mentioned in the previous post, William Golding reveals humanity's inherent wickedness throughout the novel. Initially, the boys attempt to create a democratic society in order to survive on...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2017 12:55 am UTC

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Ralph and Jack both respond to the beast differently throughout the novel. Ralph is skeptical of the beast when he first hears about it from the littluns. He holds an assembly to pragmatically...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2016 10:10 am UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous post, the most notable difference between Ralph and Piggy is their physiques. Ralph is tall, slim, and athletic. He is good-looking and described as being a "fair...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2017 2:08 am UTC

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Simon is killed at the end of Chapter 9. At the beginning of Chapter 10, Ralph and Piggy have trouble even bringing it up. They start by talking about Simon's death in whispers. They reluctantly...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2015 12:03 am UTC

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As chapter 7 opens, Ralph notices his dirty shirt, overly long hair, and longs for "a bath, a proper wallow with soap." He also sees that he has begun biting his nails. The fact that he does not...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2009 5:30 am UTC

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After the moral posturing of Ralph and Jack, who "walked along, two continents of experience and feeing, unable to communicate, Simon slips off and walks into the forest "with an air of purpose."...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2009 1:40 pm UTC

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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 is a compassionate boy who genuinely cares about the well-being of others and thinks outside of himself as he struggles to establish a civil society. Unlike Jack, Ralph is concerned about the...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2018 2:13 pm UTC

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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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The ninth chapter of William Golding’s novel The Lord of the Flies is entitled “A View to a Death.” In many respects, this chapter is the climax of the action up to this moment in the novel, as two...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019 4:45 pm UTC

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Perhaps, it is less a question of Jack's being from a civilized society and more his socio-economic class that prevents his killing the pig. For, there are many civilized people who slaughter...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2014 2:05 am UTC

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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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Ralph is elected chief on the island even though Piggy is the most intelligent of the boys and Jack is "the most obvious leader." Ralph's first decision as chief is to share power; he allows Jack...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 5:44 pm UTC

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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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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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On page 206 of the Global Village Contemporary Classics online edition of William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, Simon has a conversation with the severed pig's head and it tells him You knew,...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 3:17 pm UTC

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William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies is set in a wartime era (we assume World War II although it is not explicitly stated in the text). In chapter one when Piggy and Ralph first meet on the...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016 12:48 am UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous post, the boys' ritual dance in Chapter 7 is much more violent and disturbing than their earlier chants. In Chapter 4, the hunters painted themselves and...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2017 10:18 am UTC

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The setting of the novel takes place around the 1950s during an atomic world war. The plane that the boys are flying in crash-lands on an uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean....

Latest answer posted October 3, 2016 10:44 pm UTC

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In chapter 1, the boys determine that someone needs to be in charge of leading them. As they begin conversations about who that should be, they realize the power of the being who brought them all...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020 6:47 pm UTC

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In chapter 5, Ralph holds an assembly. He attempts to organize the group of the boys, discipline them for not carrying out their necessary assignments, and encourage them to work together in order...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 3:16 pm UTC

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The choir boys are led by their authoritative leader, Jack Merridew, and the group consists of Bill, Robert, Harold, Henry, Simon, Maurice, and Roger. In chapter one, Ralph calls the boys on the...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2019 12:53 pm UTC

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As Lord of the Flies opens, Ralph is by himself on the beach and is soon joined by Piggy. Piggy convinces Ralph that there are no adults on the island. Ralph is content to behave as most...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2016 11:50 pm UTC

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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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Ralph calls a meeting in Chapter 5 to address how the boys continually neglect their duties and to make a final decision about the existence of the beast. Ralph begins by mentioning that there is...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2017 9:10 am UTC

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Simon helps the little'uns by showing them concern when no one else displays special concern for their welfare. When he helps them pick fruit and gives them the best fruits he can find in the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018 4:24 pm UTC

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Simon symbolizes goodness. He is a gentle-hearted person. He takes the time to feed the littluns. He symbolizes the Christ figure in his goodness. The small children cannot reach the fruit as well...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011 4:02 am UTC

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In chapter 11, Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric travel to the opposite end of the island to confront Jack about stealing Piggy's spectacles and plan on getting them back. When the boys arrive at Castle...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 9:58 pm UTC

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The boys attempt to set up their own society, but their immaturity and jealousy prevent this from being truly realized. Some examples of quotes that describe their violence and immaturity...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2015 1:15 am UTC

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In Chapter 11, Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric travel to Castle Rock to retrieve Piggy's glasses. When they stand outside of the fortress, Jack commands his savages to capture Samneric. The savages rush...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2016 10:46 am UTC

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Jack is using the pig meat as a way to manipulate the boys and gain power. At first, he refuses to give Piggy, who has kept up his criticism of Jack, any meat. When Piggy asks for some, he says...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2008 11:52 am UTC

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In the novel, there are many examples of good versus evil. Golding inserts in the novel many Christian symbols--the hit-you-over-the-head kind. For example, Simon is the Jesus figure: he is kind,...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2010 6:19 am UTC

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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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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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