Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What is a quotation analysis that signifies relationship changes in ch 9 of Lord of the Flies?

Expert Answers info

litteacher8 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2008

write15,968 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

The significant quote is when Jack tells his followers to bring Ralph and Piggy some meet, thus establishing his dominance on the island.

The main relationship shift in chapter 9 is actually a power shift.  Ralph was the leader, until Jack questioned his authority and built his tribe up to a point of strength.  In this chapter, Ralph and Piggy are bathing and they visit Jack’s feast.  He and his tribe have covered themselves with war paint and killed a pig. 

Jack stood up and waved his spear.

“Take them some meat.”

The boys with the spit gave Ralph and Piggy each a succulent chunk. They took the gift, dribbling. So they stood and ate beneath a sky of thunderous brass that rang with the storm-coming. (ch 9)

The spears, meat, and war-paint distinguish Jack and his followers as the savages.  Ralph and Piggy choose to distance themselves from the group dancing around the fire.  Piggy says trouble is coming, and it is.  First Simon and then Piggy are the casualties of Jack’s senseless violence.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Unlock This Answer Now