Lord of the Flies
"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding Analysis
Imagine trying to survive on a island alone, a person is lost and could even be in danger with no way to go or no help at all. A lot can go wrong with a person alone on an island.
Since they are alone there is no one there to keep them company which could cause them to go insane. They could even be in danger or need some type of help and not have any one to rely on or to help them try to get out of danger.
Now, imagine trying to survive on a deserted island in a group, it will be much more beneficial. Now there is other people trying to help someone in danger or even someone who has better survival skills to help people survive better. Surviving on deserted island is better in a group.
In the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding there was a group of boys trying to survive on an island. They relied on each other as a group to survive on the island. For example the characters Ralph and Jack. Ralph became the leader at the beginning of the book. However he assigned Jack as the leader of the hunters and his choir as his followers. They could be the army – Or hunters -(Golding 23). After this point on the boys relied on Jack and his hunters to play their part and find them food and to discover the island. Which is a main part of surviving in a group, relying on others in order to survive everyone has to help in order to survive.
In a group there is a lot of knowledge going around and information to help one another. For example Piggy came up with the idea to use the conch to call the others. We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us – He beamed at Ralph (Goulding 16). Another time knowledge was spread on the island when they were trying to start the fire. Ralph suggested rubbing two sticks together, Roger suggested You make a bow and spin the arrow (Goulding 40). However the Jack suggested to use Piggy’s specs, Jack pointed suddenly. His specs- use them as burning glass (Goulding 40). Without all the suggestions and communication how would they know what to do?
Surviving in a group is also better than surviving on a deserted island alone because then there is company. There will be people to talk to and a person won’t go insane. In the movie Cast Away, the main character Chuck Noland began to start talking to a volleyball. He was starting to lose his sanity. Being on a deserted as a group that would not happen. In a group a person would have others to talk to and communicate with, keep them company. Having someone else is more beneficial to keep sane.
Others might argue and say that surviving alone is better than surviving in a group because, then there won’t be any disagreement or any types of fit. Another argument is that you only have to worry about one person. For example, Chuck Noland only had to go out and worry about looking for food to feed himself. He had to learn how to hunt and how to make shelter for himself “Cast Away”. In the movie Chuck Noland had a hard time trying to create a fire and he had a hard time trying to survive alone. If he were in a group he would have probably had a better time figuring things out with the help of others around him. If he was in a group he also wouldn’t have lost part of his civility because he would have communication with others, like when he got back to the states he didn’t even talk.
Surviving in a group is better because it is beneficial overall for a person. They will have protection from others to keep them safe. They will also have knowledge and viewpoints to spread around. A person will also have communication in a group. Surviving alone is worse for a person especially because they can go insane without the communication of others. There will no help in times of need. Overall surviving in a group is easier than surviving alone.
Fear in The Lord of the Flies
Fear. It resides in all, this unpleasant feeling of dread, gnawing at one’s subconscious and causing a sense of anxiety. However, fear does not stem from nothing. Whether it be a traumatic experience, or the exaggerated thoughts running within one’s mind, fears begin with a seed and blossoms into a poisonous flower. William golding explores how this fear develops in his novel, The Lord of the Flies, following English schoolboys who find themselves crashed on a deserted island as the result of a plane crash.
The boys gather at its coast upon hearing a conch blown by Ralph, an attractive boy with a natural sense of authority. They hold an election for chief, one which Ralph wins against Jack, a boy with angry eyes who also wanted the position. Ralph frequently organizes assemblies amongst the boys where they discuss work and rules as a group. During one of these assemblies, a young child reports a beast he supposedly encountered, resulting in a wave of fear amongst the boys.
While Ralph and the intellectual Piggy reason there is no beast, Jack embraces its idea and calms the group by announcing that he and his hunters will kill it. This moment presents the root of the inner conflict amongst the boys. While Ralph uses logic to dismiss this fear, Jack accepts it and relies on violence. The conflict occurs in the minds of these children on how to confront the mutual fear of the beast.
Jack becomes progressively more accepting of the idea of the beast and more sadistic in his determination to kill it. Over time, the boys give in to their savage instincts and join Jack in his barbaric lifestyle, abandoning Ralph and all hopes of rescue. The beast that frightens all the boys represents the primal instinct of savagery existing within all humans. Jack’s tribe succumbs to the beast, leaving a pigs head skewered on a stick as a sacrifice for it. Only Simon, a pure boy of few words, reaches the realization that they fear the beast because it exists within each of them. In a hallucination, Simon has a confrontation with the ‘Lord of the Flies,’ the sacrifice Jack had left unattended which symbolizes the beast. The beast mocks the naivety of the boys for thinking the beast could be hunted, and warns Simon there is no actual escape as he will meet it again at the coast. Soon after, Simon uncovers what the boys had perceived as a beast was a mere dead parachutist. When Simon makes his way to the coast to report this news, the boys are indulged in a frenzied ritual dance. Mistaking Simon for the beast, the boys mindlessly kill him. From this incident onwards, the island descends into savage madness.
Children often have concepts of a ‘monster under their bed’, one that terrorizes them with nightmares. This monster is a creature born from internal demons; a boogie man comprised of one’s biggest fears; a beast so real that it blurs the line between reality and fiction. Children, with their vivid imaginations and vast creativity, are well known for being masters at crafting such beasties. Lo and behold, for Golding turns the average monster under the bed into the fear inducing inner workings of the boys on the island. The initial discussion regarding the “snake-thing” deep in the thickets of the forest becomes a rising subject sounding like something straight out of a “nightmare”(35.36). Ralph tries to assure the group that there is no such beast and is frustrated at this discussion as he is put up against something “ungraspable”(36). Golding, early on in the novel, foreshadows the existence of a beast, rooting from the minds of the little boys. This child-like fear manifests itself into something much more sinister due to the lack of rational thought. This beast, existing only in the minds of these children, feeds off the lack of intellectual reasoning.
In another meeting, Piggy cogitates the beast must be “clever,” being able to “hide” from the boys (87). This remark provides insight into how the beast slyly hid in the subconscious of the boys, disguising itself in the fear of an outside force. As the boys grow more scared of the beast, they lose cognitive reasoning. Amidst all the confusion, the real beast continued to hide and feed off the their devolved thinking. Piggy persuades the boys to stay near the coast, near their civilization, reasoning that “maybe the beast won’t come near [them],” (101) and Ralph was able to put the beast “out of [his] mind” when not thinking under stress(109). Both these ideas strengthen the notion that the beast can not persist where there is intellectual thought and man is acting civil. Recognizing the beast is only in their head would have stopped the boys from devolving into primitive hunters acting solely upon instinct.
In fact, before the younger children introduced the idea of the beast, things were going smoothly on the island. The concept of the beast acted as an instigator for fear to blossom within each boy, and they can deal with it through either rationalization or brute force. So, what if there is a beast? What does it have to do with anything? Well, the beast is more than just a scary looking creature in the forest; the beast is the boys, and the boys are the beast. The boys’ descent into barbarity can most clearly be tracked in Jack. The once-civil choir boy lets out “bloodthirsty snarls” as he puts on a mask to kill a pig, symbolising the beginning of a new Jack (63). Golding describes Jack as almost morphing into an animal. It is a description more associated with animals than any twelve year old boy, displaying Jacks corrupted psychology. His characterization clearly indicates the results of him conceding to his primitive mindset. Jack, submitting to his fear, leaves a pigs head skewered on a stick as a offering to the beast. The gory head begins to talk to Simon in a hallucination, referring to itself as the Lord of the Flies. It enlightens Simon on the inner workings of the beast, one that can not be “hunt[ed]” nor “kill[ed]”, had been “close” to all of the boys since the beginning (143). Golding proposes that the beast is “a part” of each of the boys; a symbol of savagery as well as a symbol for fear (143). This beast is the fear of all the boys, not just the source of it, further grounding the notion that the beast resided amongst their minds, explaining its constant and unescapable presence. Ironically, by hunting for the beast and appeasing it with the pigs head, the boys only allow it to strengthen its hold upon them.
When Simon tries to report the dead parachuter that the boys had mistaken for a beast, he is caught between the primitive dance of the boys. The beast had warned Simon that he will meet it again “down the coast,” (143) and indeed his prophecy held true as the boys begin killing Simon with “no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws”(153). This scenario blurs the line between children and animals. The boys allow the fear to control them to such an extent that they become complete savages acting solely upon instinct. The boys’ unexplainable use of teeth parallels the kill or be killed mindset of most animals, acting unnaturally if it meant survival. Simon’s unattended body is brought to the sea by “a great wave,” where it is surrounded by “inquisitive bright creatures” beneath ”steadfast constellations” (154). As Simon dies, Golding describes the sending off of his body in a serene matter, almost as if there is an indication that the hope to rid the island of the lingering fear is drifting away with Simon. Everyone has their own beasts, and Golding demonstrates that one’s beast lives inside them, and truly cannot be hunted, only kept within check. This fear comes from everywhere and nowhere simultaneously, having already being planted within the boys and only blossoming when the time is right. This gnawing feeling, the pangs of dread, a descent into madness; that is fear.
Roger Is The Symbol And Epitome Of Evil
In my essay, I am going to talk about roger from LOTF, and why he is such an interesting character, and probably one of the characters with the most depth. Roger is the kind of person that would hurt small animals for fun, like a serial killer before they have become a serial killer. He is the kind of person who would but in front of an old lady in line to get to his selfish means faster. I will talk about what he symbolizes, why he is in the book, and why he is so interesting,
In Lord of the Flies, Roger is the symbol and epitome of evil. He is sadistic, and is the kind of person you would not want to be alone with. In the story, he can be seen throwing rocks at the littluns, which could be symbolizing many things, and then stomping on there castles, just to be destructive. While maurice has regrets about what he did, robert has no bad feelings for what he did. In LOTF, jack wants power because he feels like he can use it to lead. Roger wants power simply to hurt and oppress the people is is leading. He also is burying flowers and stones that the littluns collected just to spite them. He doesn’t become a sadistic person in the same point. At the start he holds back because feels that he should stay the same as he was in his old life, but as the story progresses, he becomes a murderous psychopath.
I think that Roger is in the book to balance out simon. Simon is a Christ-figure of sorts in the book. He is looked up upon by alph, Piggy, and an assortment of other characters think he is kind and smart, which he is. He provided lots to the group, and found a solitary ?special place’ which is referenced to as a cabin during the story. He is the opposite of what roger stands for, so I think that roger took great pleasure in killing simon during their tribal dance. He would have felt like he was tipping the scales of balance in his favor.
I think Roger is one of the most interesting characters in lord of the flies because of his depth. He is a very complex character in my opinion. He changes a good amount throughout the story, turning from nice choir boy to horrific murderer. He is degenerative in his psyche and starts off by throwing stones at small children, but as time goes on and he either realizes that everyone is dead and they won’t get rescued, or that no one can punish him, he starts doing worse and worse acts. The worst part is that he felt that his world was at the point where no one could control him, no matter what depraved things he did.
In the end, I think Roger is an incredibly interesting character, probably one of the most in the book. He is complex and deep, even if he is a horrific character. As said by Eric and Sam, when they are tortured by Jack for Ralph’s location: “You don’t know Roger. He’s a terror.” “And the chief”they’re both”” no. just roger
Civilisation and Savagery in William Golding’s
“Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.” (Werner Herzog) This quote explains and represents the novel, Lord of the Flies in many ways. In Lord of the Flies, written by the Nobel Prize winner William Golding, identity and civilization occur as fragile parts of society. The book was written after World War II, and the aftermath of this event heavily influenced the people, especially the authors and poets.
Golding wrote the novel based on his own experiences, as he fought in World War II, he was part of the Navy and he was involved in the invasion of Normandy.
He discovered the true nature of humans; he was disappointed in humankind. (Spitz, 22) The novel draws attention to the loss of identity and the transition between civilization and savagery with the help of symbolism. Golding shows a world of violence and moral desolation through his book to the reader. The main conflict is between two characters, Ralph and Jack, who are the representatives of civilization and savagery. Their continuous fighting for power has an effect on the rest of the boys throughout the novel, as they are slowly losing their humanity and they sink further and further into chaos.
The book starts with a plane crashing into an uninhabited island. A group of English boys are the passengers, and the first two characters, who are introduced, are Ralph and Piggy. Ralph is the one who discovers that they are on an island, which is described very appealingly:
“Out there, perhaps a mile away, the white surf flinked on a coral reef, and beyond that the open sea was dark blue. Within the irregular arc of coral the lagoon was still as a mountain lake–blue of all shades and shadowy green and purple. The beach between the palm terrace and the water was a thin stick, endless apparently, for to Ralph’s left the perspectives of palm and beach and water drew to a point at infinity;” (Golding, 6)
The island seems good enough due to the fact that it has food –fruits, pigs to hunt -, trees and shelter. It is possible that it is a biblical symbol for The Garden of Eden. Before the fall of mankind, The Garden of Eden was considered as a paradise, just like the boys considered the island as a paradise, before they ruined it. (Bufkin, 43) As the story develops, they sink further and further into savagery slowly drifting away from the civilized society, and eventually burn down the island. The scar that runs through the island symbolizes how destructive mankind is.
As they are bathing in the lagoon they find a conch, which is the first symbol of civilization.
Ralph, for Piggy’s suggestion, blows it to gather the rest of the boys. As everyone wonders out from the forest to the sound of the conch, the reader encounters the rest of the characters. The biggest contrast is between Ralph and Jack, who become the representatives of civilization and savagery. Ralph is the one who symbolizes order and civilization. He is described as the typical and perfect English boy: he has blonde hair, blue eyes and he is considered attractive. The conch is associated with him; he is someone to be respected and that is why he is elected as the leader. The conch is a symbol for power because whoever has it can speak up, and everybody has the same amount of respect and right when they are holding it:
“I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking.” […]”And he won’t be interrupted: Except by me.” (Golding, 24)
Ralph also represents democracy; he wants everyone to be the part of the civilized society he plans to establish during their time spent on the island. Despite that, his powers are limited as it depends on order and rules. In the beginning, he becomes a leader to survive, but toward the end of the story, his ego comes before survival as he lost his civilized side. His new identity does not fit for leading, he fails to unite the boys and he is unable to bring order among them. He appoints Jack to be the leader of the hunters, who later on tries to convince the boys to leave Ralph and go with him, and at some point he succeeds. He and Ralph share an odd relationship; they are constantly fighting from the beginning, but at the same time they have respect for one another.
Jack represents dictatorship and savagery. In the beginning, he tries to “sell” himself with his singing ability and his leadership of the choir boys. He tries to prove the others that he would be a good choice as a leader. He eventually succeeds and becomes the new leader of the boys. Jack’s priority is killing and he attracts the boys to him with this. They cannot live out their “need” for killing with Ralph, so they eventually leave him for Jack. At the beginning of the story, he hesitates when he has to kill a pig, but as the story develops he becomes hungry for hunting. He becomes more violent and aggressive: “_Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood._” (Golding, 52). This quote shows that after he kills his first pig, it is clear that he no longer cares or feels guilty about what he has done.
He realizes that he has the ability to destroy something, like life, and this is something they can dominate with over the island. The boys also choose Jack over Ralph as a leader, because he believes them when they inform him about the “Beast”. Although, this so-called “Beast” is only a creature of their imagination, Jack does what Ralph failed to do as a leader. He does not believe in the “Beast” – he is using “if” in his speech every time they talk about it -, but he knows the others do: “There isn’t a snake-thing. But if there was a snake we’d hunt it and kill it. We’re going to hunt pigs to get meat for everybody.
And we’ll look for the snake too-“ (Golding, 36). While Ralph straight up refuses the idea that there might be a “Beast” on the island, Jack manipulates the boys, with his carefully chosen words, implying to the others that he believes what they said. Later on, he starts using words like “will” and “snake” instead of “if” and “snake-thing”, which implies that he acknowledged the existence of the Beast. Ralph might be the one who takes responsibility for everything they have done, but Jack is the one who believes in them and actually has an opinion about this “creature” the boys made up. For them, their belief on the “Beast” is stronger and stronger as they become more savage. They do not find Ralph very appealing as a leader anymore, especially after this conversation; the only opinion he has about the “Beast” is rejection and that “there isn’t a beastie”. The Beast can be the representation of the true evil within humans as well, which is on the surface as soon as they lose everything that connects them to civilization.
Although, the facts that they put on their “face paint” made of mud and clay, slaughter a boar and dance around the fire like a primitive tribe, indicate that they have turned into complete savages. During this scene, they mistake Simon for the Beast and they kill him. Other turning points of the book are when Piggy’s glasses and the conch breaks. Piggy’s glasses were the symbol of intelligence and science, because the boys were able to light the fire with them.
The glasses can also signify as a window which can distinguish good from evil. Piggy used his glasses not only to see, but to decide what is good for all of them. He was more mature than the others, and he had the knowledge of leadership. When Jack broke and stole his glasses, he lost not only his eyesight, but he also his ability to differentiate between what is good and what is evil. Civilization comes to its end when Piggy dies, and the conch breaks. The shell was the last thing which held the boys together and it was the last pillar of democracy, which is also destroyed with the conch: “the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.” (Golding, 181)
Taking everything into consideration, Lord of the Flies is a novel that shows us how evil is hidden in everyone, which only needs time and some change of circumstances to show itself. In the case of the boys, this change was the island. They were alone in an uninhabited island without adult supervision, and despite the fact that they were trying to stay civilized, the freedom they possessed completely changed them. Being civilized is not natural or necessary, unless you want to survive.
This shows us that we need rules to stay alive. Golding uses the main characters to show, that humankind is more evil than good. The continuous power struggle between Ralph and Jack results in their loss of identity; they shred off their “masks” as the proud English boys and replaced it with savagery
Lord of the Flies Essay
Symbolism is a very powerful literary device that helps the reader better understand a novel. Certain colors can hold meaning, and this meaning can change throughout the novel. Lord of the Flies by William Golding tells the story of a group of boys from London who are stranded on a deserted island during WWII.
The book displays Golding’s thoughts on how humans act when there are no societal rules. The novel uses symbols to show how quickly the boys on the island descend into violence, and how extreme that violence really is. This symbol leads to a deeper understanding of how when society is not watching, things can become horrific. Over the course of the novel, the color pink progresses from a symbol of innocence and order to representing death and disappointment, demonstrating that without rules, man loses structure and devolves into chaos.
At the beginning of the novel, the color pink represents peace and calm. At this time, the island is unscathed. When the boys first land, they explore the land to determine if it is an island or not. In their journey, they mention multiple times a serene pink cliff: “The most usual feature of the rock was a pink cliff surmounted by a skewed block; and that again surmounted, and that again, till the pinkness became a stack of balanced rock projecting through the looped fantasy of the forest creepers.
Where the pink cliffs rose out of the ground there were often narrow tracks winding upwards” (Golding 26). Since everything is fine so far, the island being described as pink in the very beginning shows that pink is tied to innocence. The “pink cliff” (Golding 26). is mentioned many times throughout the beginning of the boys’ stay on the island. The color is also something calming.
After a job is completed, in this case laboriously gathering wood to make a fire, the color is mentioned to describe the island once more accompanied by a mood of accomplishment: “One by one, as they sensed that the pile was complete, the boys stopped going back for more and stood, with the pink, shattered top of the mountain around them. Breath came evenly by now, and sweat dried” (Golding 39). After doing a difficult job, the boys stop for a minute and appreciate it, surrounded by the beautiful pink mountain. This image of the beautiful pink mountain along with the satisfaction of a job well done demonstrates that pink symbolizes peace and calm in the beginning of the novel.
As the story of the boys progresses, the color pink begins to symbolize death and disappointment. Tension forms between the boys because one of them, Jack Merridew, believes he can be a better leader for the group than their current leader, Ralph. This causes a lot of hate and the color pink starts to reflect it. The color of the conch shell which represents leadership, but it begins to fade: “Exposure to the air had bleached the yellow and pink to near-white, and transparency” (Golding 72).
The conch shell’s color is becoming bleached, signaling that leadership and civilization is starting to die. And, without leadership, the boys have no support system and things can easily fall through the cracks. The color pink is used again to describe a peaceful scene when Jack’s group of hunters finds another pig to kill: “A little apart from the rest, sunk in deep maternal bliss, lay the largest sow of the lot. She was black and pink; and the great bladder of her belly was fringed with a row of piglets that slept or burrowed and squeaked. […] One piglet, with a demented shriek, rushed into the sea trailing Roger’s spear behind it.
The sow gave a gasping squeal and staggered up, with two spears sticking in her fat flank” (Golding 134). The matronly nature of the sow and how brutally they killed its pink body shows that even though pink is still being used to describe a peaceful scene, the serene situation is destroyed in the end. The color pink also symbolizes disappointment and death later in the novel. When Piggy dies, he falls off the pink cliff and into the sea: “Then the sea breathed again in a long, slow sigh, the water boiled white and pink over the rock; and when it went, sucking back again, the body of Piggy was gone” (Golding 181).
The sea sighs before turning pink with Piggy’s blood, showing a disappointment in the fact that three people have died on the island. The color pink has changes from a symbol of peace to one of death.
The theme of Lord of the Flies By William Golding is that without rules, man loses structure and devolves into chaos. This is very evident through the change in meaning of the color pink. Pink represents a peaceful color in the beginning. This highlights how fresh and new the island is.
But, as the boys begin to make the island their own, the meaning of the color changes. First, the unscathed island is described as pink multiple times, showing how peaceful their original situation is. But, by the end, pink had been used to describe blood in the ocean surrounding the island. The color pink amplifies the fact that these seemingly innocent children have the power to do some serious damage if left without a stable civilization.
The theme of the book is shone through this symbol to better intensify its message.
In Lord of the Flies, the color pink changes throughout the course of the novel, thus highlighting that without rules for the boys to live by, the situation can turn disastrous very quickly.
The boys realize that the seemingly annoying rules that their parents set for them are no longer in place, so they are free to do whatever they please. Things quickly go south. Through the description of the island at the beginning and the description of the surrounding ocean at the end, the color pink begins by representing peace and ends by representing death. The development of the symbol shows that people can easily turn to violence if there are no rules to regulate their actions.
Ralph Closes His Eyes And Pray To God
Ralph extended onto the beach wherever the water meets the sand. Laying on the sand, Ralph closes his eyes and pray to God that something would save him, a ship, a plane, literally anything that would keep him out of this madness. He starts to open his eyes and looked up at a huge peaked cap. It was a white topped cap and on top of the inexperienced shade of the height was a crown. Ralph saw white drill, epaulettes, a revolver and many things.
A naval officer stood on the sand, looking down at Ralph in vary astonishment. Ralph looked at the officer with unequivocal worry and stood motionless on the hot sand. He wormed his way to the officer trying to get as close as he could to avoid Jack.
“Fun and games, so who’s in charge of this little war you having?” the officer asked with a laugh.
Ralph’s eyes faltered, he instinctively reached for the creamy shell and his dry lips folded into a frown. Jack started forward.
“You’re talking too much,” he restored snapping at the officer.
He readies his spear with both hands and inched closer to Ralph. Jack’s tribe obeying their chief’s order, moved in toward Ralph as well, though reluctant and unable to look away from the officer while doing so.
“Now son, put down that spear okay?” the officer instructed.
The playful smile on the man’s face gradually melted away as he gathered the seriousness of the situation. Jack broke his eye contact with the officer, now only feet away from Ralph.
“Son, I’m not going to tell you again,” the officer ordered. Placing his hand on his revolver.
Ralph’s pupils expanded, his suity arms opened, attempting to leap for the officer. But just before he was able to plant his feet to spring forward, Jack reached for Ralph’s shoulder, pulling him backward by his clavicle. Jack raised his hand and angled his spear downward.
“I’m no thief!” Jack shouted.
Showing no hesitation and jamming the lethal end of his spear into Ralph’s chest with a force held bend on having the last word. Ralph yelled out an unearthly scream. His body crumbling into the sand. Blood spilled over Ralph’s ribs and onto the damp shore beneath his scraped bruised feet. As the spear tore through his flesh, a sudden power raced beneath Ralph’s immunity. His knee buckled and he spits up blood. He fell on his back launching himself into a coughing fit. Blood sprayed through his clenched teeth.
Sam and Eric ran to his side, bent down and supported his head with the palms of their hands. The twins took off their tattered shorts and used them to apply pressure to Ralph’s gaping wound.
It is clear that all life had resided in him had vanished. The one they had once called their leader, all passion, all hatred, all hope, motionless. His vacant eye starred up toward the location of the hiding sun which had failed on all accounts to fight it’s way through the veil black smoke that had now wholly encapsulated the perimeter of the island. The waves came forward and kissed Ralph’s legs and chest before receding, swallowing blood with each passing visit. This scene mirrored itself many times before Samneric finally curled up on either side of him and wrapped their tiny arms around his waist and as their bodies nestled into the sand together. They for the end of civility, the order loss of order and the descent to the shore of their wise selfless chief.
A sudden pulsing insulation crept beneath the ground surging toward the center of the spasming island and three energetic fireballs cracked and blew up, climbing up trees with impatient haste sprang upward in a seemingly choreographed succession and the flame screamed at the sky. All that could be seen was sand, fire and a screen of blackness. The ocean boiled silver and orange.
Lord of the Flies Extra Credit Questions
Ralph seems very adventurous and carefree. He doesn’t seem to care very much for what Piggy has to say, and seems to want to focus on getting off the island only. At first, he’s happy to be out of the watchful eye of adults, but we later see him missing it. Piggy seems like a timid character, and a bit proud of being knowledgeable. He is portrayed as a more careful character, and knows more than Ralph about many things, so Ralph seems to count on him quite a bit despite never quite saying so aloud.
It helps because the island is located far off from society and other people and adults. THe readers will get to see if Golding’s feeling that people would be more corrupt away from society to keep them in their place was true.
Unlike adults, children aren’t yet in their place or set by society. Children have begun to develop an understanding of the world, and haven’t quite gotten a definite grip on it, and their behaviors can still be shaped differently.
It was taken more as a joke at first and brushed off as if it were nothing, but as they talk it out, they gradually get more and more serious and intent about it.
It’s a good example because if there’s already conflict so soon in the book, it makes it obvious that things won’t go well if they don’t pull their acts together and stop arguing.
Roger purposely missed because he felt back since, although not under the surveillance of adults, it’s what he was shaped as in society and he still remains that way.
They missed their chance of rescue because there was enough smoke to attract the ship’s attention. The fire had died because Jack had taken the boys watching the fire to hunt with him. By the time Ralph was making his decision as to what to do, it was far too late.
Simon says that perhaps the beast they feared is a beast created within them. There might be a truth in his words because they say they’ve never truly confirmed the physical form of said beast.
The lesson in the pilot’s figure on the mountain is that, when succumbing to one’s more barbaric nature, one will do anything for survival from a beast that they themselves created.
The beast is saying that Simon’s comments on what it really is were true, that the beast really is just a sort of figment of their imaginations, a creature within them, their wild, barbaric sides that are beginning to show their true, dark colors.
It’s honestly pretty believable that those boys could kill Simon because they’ve officially become fully barbaric kids who have lost their grip on a more stable side of themselves.
Ralph and Piggy don’t want anything to do with Simon’s death and want to avoid it no matter what. They act like they weren’t involved at all, and they don’t want Samneric to know they were there when Simon was killed.
Jack doesn’t want to listen to Ralph over reason. Jack’s angry, violent, and wild side has completely taken over him, and reason just will not settle with him.
Unlike what they usually live in, which is a more civilized, modern way, the boys are now living in a more primitive, barbaric society, and Simon and Piggy followed the more civilized form on living, meanwhile the other boys reverted to the wilder form. They weren’t wild enough to do the same things as the others, such as hunting, killing others, and things as said.
Jack sets the whole area on fire so he could create a lot of smoke and get Ralph out of his hiding areas so that he could kill him. This shows Jack’s irresponsibility as leader because he could burn many of their essentials, such as food, shelter, and he could even harm the other boys who are a part of his tribe.
Ralph has seen so much and has been scarred. He has seen so many deaths, and knows now what it’s like to be hunted down to be killed, not a fun feeling, I’d bet. He may still be a child based on age, but mentally, he is no longer a child; he’s been through so much, lost friends, knew boys who would never be the same ever again. He realizes how much he really misses Piggy, and how the boys should’ve listened to the always reasonable boy.
William Golding’s Novel
In William Golding’s novel,The Lord of the Flies,Ralph and Jack are both leaders. Leadership is when someone sets a great example for others and is being confident in what they do and say. A leader is important because they got people to where they have to go . Ralph and Jack are different leaders. Jack is childish,impatient,dictator,set in his ways,rude,mean,and can get very disrespectful. Ralph is caring, gentle, confident, smart,respectful of others and their opinions, and supportive.
Ralph and Jack are leaders in the Lord of the Flies.Ralph is orderly, he made sure everyone knew what to do when the ship came and that everyone knew how to hunt.Shown in the first chapter,Jack only picks his favorites to go hunting with him and leaves the others behind.He speaks very clearly and is not afraid to say what he thinks should be heard and what is a good plan. He let everyone do what he did. He let whoever wanted to speak or have an input say what they had to say. On pages (66-67) Ralph was very angry because the rescue mission failed l. Also, on page 32, Ralph cleared his throat and got ready to speak in front of the group of boys. He waved the conch around on page 35 . He was willing to let anyone speak. Ralph also made sure that the boys knew the island belonged to all of them not just one.
Ralph is very outgoing , friendly, loves people, kind, and supportive. Ralph was supportive of the boys naturally. For example, Ralph came forward and stood by Piggy when he was down. Jack doesn’t care about how he makes the boys feel. In the first chapter, he made fun of Piggy and made him feel like he didn’t belong. Ralph’s leadership is valuable because he always supports his friendships with all of the boys. Ralph is also very smart and friendly. He cares deeply about the boys thoughts and he wants them to all work together. Ralph tried his hardest to make everyone comfortable with saying how they feel or what they think is right.
Ralph is a team builder, brave, and dedicated. He works hard to make the island a better place and that everyone is on board. For example, on pages (66-67) the authors indicates how at the drop of an amendment Ralph attempt to organize the boys and get them ready to work something . Ralph teaches the boys to say their opinions and say what they need to say if they want to. Ralph wants to see the boys be successful. Jack just wants to run everything and boss everyone around. Ralph actually cares.
Ralph takes charge, gives hope, sensitive, and smart at all times. He gives delegateddeligated orders to his team by giving jobs. Ralph gave a lot of hope to the boys by letting them know that help would come. He gave them a plan and made them excited for when the ship came to rescue. Ralph gave sympathy to the boys who were scared and who were down. Jack didn’t understand what it was like to be down because he always ran stuff and nobody ever told him anything bad. Ralph knee what it was like to be on top and to be on bottom.Ralph was a smart boy , he always was always impulsiveimpursive . He always thought about what he should do , he never just jumped to actions he made sure it was the right thing to do.
Leadership is when you guide people to the right direction. Jack is the ruthless and disrespectful leader, but Ralph is gentle and confident leader. It is evident that Ralph is the stronger leader in the novel.
Lord of the Flies Argument Essay
A helpless twelve year old girl was stabbed nineteen times by her two friends before leaving her to die. This may seem like a mysterious plot to a horror movie, but sadly this is real life. What caused the attackers to do such a horrible thing? While some people suggest that a person’s behavior is affected greatly by personal morality, others choose to believe that the greatest impact on a person’s behavior is the society in which they live in.
A person’s behavior can become taken from peer pressure in a group, from setting, or from parental influences.
One of the most common social interactions that powerfully affects a person’s behavior is peer pressure. CNN reported in an article that a drum major was beaten to death in a hazing gauntlet. Reporters show that Robert Champion, the victim of this cruel hazing, did not want to go along with the hazing but he did anyways. He believed that in order to gain respect from his peers, he had to go through the barbaric initiation. Champion’s roommate, Keon Hollis, told the police, If you want to be somebody you have to do it (Mallory Simon). Peers caused Champion to believe that in order to be accepted by society and to no longer be a nobody, he would have to go through with the hazing. Even the band members fell into peer pressure, being forced to hurt Champion.
Text two says, Some people tried to help push [Champion] through, while at least one girl tried to hold him back, the way a linebacker would, to make the gauntlet more difficult (Mallory Simon). Yes, people could say that this girl did not fall into peer pressure because she tried to hold him back. However, if she didn’t succumb to peer pressure, she should’ve tried to get help to try and stop the beating. She fell into the trap because she didn’t want to get shut out from society , and therefore decided to join in on Champion’s initiation.
Parental influences also greatly affect a person’s behavior. Many parents pass down their religious beliefs, political views, and so many other things to their children. One girl named Irena Sendler took her parents teachings to heart.
Text 3 states, Though she lost her father at the age of seven, Chana Kroll writes in her article, His dedication to others – reinforced by her mother’s example and words – made a deep impression on her.’ Irena absorbed the lessons she was taught by her parents and put them to use. During World War II, Irena helped to save over 3,000 Jewish families and a multitude of Jewish children. The combination of different influences from Irena’s parents, as well as her peers who helped her save the Jewish family caused her behavior and actions to differ from other people during this time. Some people may conclude that because Irena stuck with her beliefs, she was influenced by her personal morality even when most of society believed otherwise.
However, this is incorrect because society and people she grew up like her parents and her peers, all had similar beliefs that were passed on to Irena. The way she acted was because it is all she knew, it isn’t by choice. The personal morality she adopted was from how her parents and peers acted. She was always taught by everyone around her to help others in need whenever she could. Her father was very dedicated to others, so Irena was as well. However, parental influence is not always good for children. In 2014, two twelve year old girls, attempted to murder one of their friends as a sacrifice to Slenderman.
Shortly after this attempted murder occurred, much focus turned to the parents and what influences they might’ve had on their children. Soon after, Morgan Geyser’s parents instagram was found with graves and skulls. Jane Mendle, a clinical psychologist specialist said, It’s easy to say, ?These are bad parents’ (Abigail Jones). The dark atmosphere of death growing up greatly impacted Morgan’s life. This disturbing influence on Morgan caused her to do such an gruesome crime. Parental influences have a big impact on children, which nobody can deny.
It is extremely clear that social dynamics have a large impact on a person’s behavior and actions. Parents may not realize it, but they can push their beliefs onto their children. Which could cause them to act in a different manner because their personal morality is shaped by what they are taught while growing up. Peer pressure also causes people to have different behaviors because people desperately want acceptance from others even if they subconsciously know what they are doing is wrong. People should be more aware of their actions and how they can affect others around them because social dynamics powerfully influence others.
Leadership Is Commonly Defined
Leadership is commonly defined as somebody who inspires people, rather it be strong non-verbal communication or standing up for someone in their team. Leaders are important because without a leader you’d be lost or misguided. With a leader you’ll have somebody to show you what to do and how to do it.
Ralph and Jack are very different in their approach to leadership. Jack is impatient, strict, and harsh. Ralph on the other hand, is cooperative, patient, and less-harsh. Both leaders should be, in my opinion, strict which they both are but on varying levels. Ralph is the better leader of the two.
Ralph took control of the situation on page 67, where they were unable to start a fire. The children on the island know that they need fire, but are unsure how to start one. Ralph has the idea of using Piggy’s glasses to ignite some flammable materials. Ralph is also very confident in his leadership and is sure of his ideas or orders. Ralph is fair as-well, he came up with the idea of using a conch shell for speeches. The conch rule is simple yet effective, whoever holds the conch is able to speak. Those who aren’t holding the conch don’t speak.
Ralph is outgoing and friendly, such as when he stood by Piggy instead of letting Piggy stand alone. He is able to recognize Piggy as being less-than able than the others. Ralph is also smart and responsible by giving Piggy his glasses back, when he could have kept them and started as many fires as he wanted too. Ralph displays his confidence by being able to speak fluently in-front of the other boys, and gets what he needs to say out.
Tough, smart, and independant are words you could use to describe Ralph. He doesn’t seek validation from his peers, instead they seek validation from him. He’s also able doubt others who are not as capable as him. Ralph has leadership qualities and knows he must order the others around for certain things, otherwise they will not be completed. To quote pg 52 we need shelters in case it rains which proves he has his priorities set and knows what he must do. He also has a natural talent in certain aspects of life such as when he got into the water he was already an experienced swimmer and appeared to belong there. The book says on pg 65 Ralph who slid into the water, of all the boys he was the most natural there.
Ralph is a strong leader, he is able to communicate with the rest of the group very well to finish whatever task they need finished. He is also able to complete tasks on his own, instead of sitting back and letting everybody else do all the work. Jack on the other hand does not do his own work other than hunting. Jack didn’t help build the huts even after Ralph asked him too.
Leadership is the ability to lead and gather your followers to complete whatever task must be completed. Jack is a very tough, strict, and lazy leader who doesn’t show professionalism when he should. Ralph is the opposite, he shows professionalism when he must, he’s also tough and strict but he’s not lazy. He’ll tell somebody to do something and if they don’t he’ll make sure the task is completed one way or another. It’s evident that Ralph is the stronger leader in the novel.