Lord of the Flies Questions and Answers

Lord of the Flies

Ralph attempts to use reason to dispel the littluns' fears. But Ralph is "facing something ungraspable," and he can only react in frustration with a blanket denial: "But I tell you there isn't a...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2007 10:29 pm UTC

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Both books raise the concept of evil in life, but Golding finds evil within the boys themselves, while Ballantyne experience evil from the outside world. The naval officer in Lord of the Flies also...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2007 4:43 am UTC

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Interesting question. It is my opinion that Golding does not include any notable differences between the two. The other boys notice this, causing them to "lump" the twins together as Samneric....

Latest answer posted March 16, 2009 2:16 am UTC

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Along those lines, Ralph's insistance that they keep the fire going has made the whole process a chore; it's boring. One of the benefits for these kids on the island is the lack of adults and...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2007 11:00 am UTC

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The narrator does tell the final hunt from Ralph's perspective in the novel in Chapter 12 of Lord of the Flies. From hiding in the dense thicket to being flushed out by the hunters rolling the...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2012 3:43 pm UTC

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In Chapter 3, we see the conflict between Jack and Ralph developing Ralph is frustrated in building the shelters with only Simon there to help him. When Jack returns from a fruitless hunting...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2011 9:45 am UTC

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The more the boys focus on play instead of work, the more likely their deaths become. The choice between practical seriousness and role play/make believe is clear in its thematic import from the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012 6:17 pm UTC

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Brutus was a man who allowed things to happen even though he had the power to stop the assassination of Caesar. By becoming a participant, he seems much more like Jack; however, Brutus did his...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010 9:25 pm UTC

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Piggy's physical appearance is the first reason why the other boys make fun of him. He's overweight, wears glasses, and has asthma, which makes him physically weak. Piggy doesn't have the traits of...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2007 7:54 am UTC

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I would think that the two characters that would be easiest to compare and contrast would be Ralph and Jack. There are, in some ways, similarities between the two. They are the two characters in...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2010 12:29 am UTC

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Lord of the Flies does elicit an emotional response from the readers because they can connect to the characters. When Piggy is killed during his passionate speech about keeping order on the...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2012 4:04 pm UTC

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Ralph, an older boy and natural leader, proposes that the boys build a fire and maintain it. He hopes the fire will lead to a passing ship seeing them and stopping to rescue them. Ralph also...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019 1:03 pm UTC

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There are many examples from the Lord of the Flies that speak of an allegory. Let me name a few of them for you. First, the story is an allegory of society. When there is structure, rules, and...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2012 12:48 am UTC

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I would agree with post #4, the most central conflict in Lord of the Flies is man vs. self. Golding uses the construct of the boys trapped on the island to explore the larger theme of man's...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2012 8:24 pm UTC

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In Lord of the Flies, Ralph is recognized early as the natural leader as the boys are in awe of the boy "with the trumpet- thing." (ch 1) It is always easier to lead when you have support and the...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2013 5:41 am UTC

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In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare presents a picture of the Capulets and the Montagues. As the Prince says, the fair streets of their community, Verona, have been sullied by dueling and all kinds of...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2015 2:08 am UTC

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Jack hates Ralph because Ralph is chief and he is not. From the beginning, Jack thought that he should be chief because he was the head choir boy. When Ralph won the election, Jack had no choice...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2008 8:57 am UTC

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Topic questions are those that open various avenues of analysis and discussion. Perhaps, in the process of generating topic questions, the student may wish to consider aspects of the characters...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2016 7:02 am UTC

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In the novel 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, Simon's reaction to finding himself without adult supervision is one of uncertainty, gradually looking to the big 'uns for protection and slowly...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2009 4:45 pm UTC

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In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, when Ralph first proposes the idea of electing a leader in Chapter 1, he actually uses the term chief: "Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2015 2:14 am UTC

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The boys elected Ralph for their chief. This decision is noteworthy for two reasons. First, the boys' decision to have a vote reinforces their ties to civilization and order; moreover, it is...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2012 11:09 pm UTC

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The most important thing to be conveyed is that man, ultimately, is evil. Given the chance and the circumstances, man will devolve into selfsish, primal, chaotic, uncivilized beings. We must...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2009 10:49 am UTC

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1. Ralph does not truly understand the evil and motives of Jack. Therefore, he placates Jack by allowing him to be the leader of the hunters, a position he uses to gain more and more power as the...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2008 4:32 am UTC

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The story Lord of the Flies is Golding’s attempt to show that humanity left to its own devices, in other words without rules or laws, will devolve into savagery. This is still a very relevant idea...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016 7:49 pm UTC

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Although Lord of the Flies is essentially reported by school boys ranging in age from about 7 to 13 or 14 years old, it does have some interesting vocabulary. Chapter 1 includes such words as...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2013 5:44 am UTC

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The message that the boys want to send is: "rescue us, we're here, we're alive, and we need help!" The boys need to signal all of this to the adult world and they intend to do this with the signal...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2009 6:53 am UTC

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All of the characters in Lord of the Flies are young boys. We know that Ralph is 12 years old, and Jack and Piggy apparently are about the same age; the rest of the boys are younger. They are all...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2010 8:17 am UTC

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Are you talking about the end of the book? If so, here's what happens: Ralph and Piggy, the only ones left of their group after the other boys have all joined Jack's tribe (either because they...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2009 2:43 am UTC

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Lord of the Flies has many instances of imagery. The main one is the pig's head representing the author's idea that evil lies within each person. In Chaper 8, Simon is "communicating"...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2008 8:43 pm UTC

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My reference/article is to the quote where Ralph cries for the loss of Piggy (who could so nearly have become a friend) the loss of life and the loss of innocence. For example, in the novel "Lord...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2010 11:56 pm UTC

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It is not that law covers our insticts- it simply aids to control them. We cover them with ethics and etiquette, with civility, and with our socially-learned behaviors (and our personal...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2009 5:07 pm UTC

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Piggy is an interesting character. His physical appearance and actions seem to contrast his intellect. Nobody can have it all right? Piggy is the natural target and butt of all the jokes of the...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2010 11:48 am UTC

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Absolutely! This is one of the most stunning parts of the book. When Piggy falls to his death, the conch also drops, smashing into innumerable pieces. Symbolically, Piggy cannot survive on the...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2008 1:52 am UTC

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Castle Rock serves as the antithesis to the beach and the table rock where the boys first settle around and where Ralph builds the shelters. Since it is at the opposite end of the island and is...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2015 1:48 am UTC

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This a great question. The symbolic use of the conch is pretty powerful and pervasive. There are three instances where the conch is prominent. First, when the boys are on the island (after the...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2011 2:42 pm UTC

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Great question! Both stories illustrate how societal instability results from human shortcomings that ultimately cause societal collapse. Let me explain. Lord of the Flies' (1954) plot relates the...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2018 7:04 am UTC

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Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is set on a tropical island. A plane load of English schoolboys is deposited on the island when their airplane is shot down during a skirmish in World War II....

Latest answer posted July 3, 2013 6:27 pm UTC

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The story opened with a plane that crashed and left a group of British schoolchildren stranded on a deserted island. The first two boys to emerge from the jungle were Ralph and Piggy. They used a...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2015 7:38 am UTC

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Simon has trouble expressing "man's essential illness" in Chapter 5, when they are discussing the beast and what it is. He has trouble addressing this, or putting it into words, because...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2008 9:52 am UTC

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In Chapter One of Lord of the Flies, the boys originally gravitate toward the beach because Ralph uses the conch to make a loud trumpeting sound. Piggy actually comes up with the idea to use the...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2013 10:13 pm UTC

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The setting of the novel, Lord of the Flies, is significant because it allows the boys to be removed from the constraints of civilization. The boys were not displaced from their society and its...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2015 4:54 am UTC

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The boys are all school-aged boys who have been evacuated from England to Australia in the midst of nuclear destruction. One group of boys are in the choir and wear a uniform, so the reader...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2008 2:41 am UTC

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When Piggy is teased and mistreated, this is not a representation of democracy but a representation of the breakdown of democracy. At first the boys decide to follow a rather democratic form of...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2008 2:37 am UTC

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Simon could also easily symbolize truth. Out of all the boys, Simon is the first to have enough insight on the island to realize that perhaps the true beast was the boys' own human natures....

Latest answer posted January 13, 2013 4:58 pm UTC

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Also, Ralph never wanted to be a leader. He had the job thrust upon him by the actions of others, particularly Piggy. Therefore, he can't understand Jack's jealousy because he himself would never...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2007 11:00 am UTC

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I believe that by "children" you mean that the characters are exactly the same as before. The only difference is that there is now a single adult among the group. This is a completely open...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2016 2:48 pm UTC

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Since the setting is a deserted island, the predominate need is survival. So the questions the characters have to face are these: What does it take to survive? Are food and shelter sufficient? Or...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2008 8:13 am UTC

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Ralph will "get back" to his home, but he will never "get back" to normal after such a horrifying experience. This type of irony is a little different from the verbal irony...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2008 8:56 am UTC

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'High level' questions might be defined as though that probe higher levels of understanding of a text (beyond simple recall). The questions below require some level of inferential or interpretive...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2012 11:46 am UTC

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The novel is set on an uninhabited island, free from the taint of human occupation. As such, the island is uncorrupted and pure. It has survived and flourished without human intervention. The...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2015 11:56 am UTC

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