What are 7 absolute phrases in the novel Lord of the Flies?

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1. Ralph:  "Seems to me we ought to have chief to decide things" (22).  Early on in the novel, the boys' focus really was on being organized, creating rules and leadership for the benefit of the entire group.

2. "This is our island. It's a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we'll have fun" (35). This quote is really indicative of the boys' expectations at the beginning of their grand adventure; they sincerely to have an amazing time, playing and being free.  Ralph and the others expect their adventure to be innocent fun like something out of a story book.

3. "'Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!' said [the Lord of the Flies]." Simon's suspicion that perhaps the beast is the boys themselves is confirmed by the Lord of the Flies, who mocks him for his perception and the fact that the boys will never believe him.

4. Ralph:  "The fire is the most important thing on the island" (80). Ralph's focus is on getting rescued, and the fire is the means to an end.  He becomes frustrated that Jack's obsession with hunting has jeopardized their chances of rescue.

5. "Mankind's essential illness" (89) When Simon tries to explain his beliefs about the beast, the boys all laugh at him, but deep down he understands that the evil on the island stems from the boys themselves.

6. "Kill the Beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!" (152) Jack's vicious 'dance' chant is an emblematic cry of savagery on the island.  The dance works the boys into a murderous frenzy, resulting in Simon's horrible murder.

7. "A stick sharpened at both ends" (190) This phrase occurs at multiple points throughout the novel and in the context of Roger and Jack's brutality.  Originally used to impale the sow's head on a spear, the "stick sharpened at both ends" becomes a deadly warning to Ralph who fears sharing the same fate as the sow.


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