Literary Analysis (Writing)

Prep #1 for Writing

In Lord of the Flies, the conch shell used by Ralph was a symbol of ______ and Jack challenges him by ______?

A) civilization; order
B) savagery; order
C) civilization; savagery
D) Jack never challenged Ralph

Prep #2 for Writing..

An example of Personification would be...

A) "Life is a journey. Enjoy the ride."
B) "The river swallowed the earth as the water continued to rise higher and higher."
C) "She is as fast as a cheetah."
D) "Carrie's cat clawed her couch, creating chaos."

Prep #3 for Writing...

An author uses imagery to...

A) confuse the reader
B) be creative by using imagination
C) call the reader's attention
D) describe the scene in detail and make it come to life

Now on to the Real Writing Part!

How does Golding characterize Ralph? How does Ralph's characterization contribute to the other characters in the story, such as Jack? Write an outline/brainstorm for this essay that you will be working on.

Works Cited

Examples of Personification." Examples of Personification. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2013.

What Is a Metaphor?" Grammar & Composition. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2013.

"Lord of the Flies." SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 23 May 2013.


1) Prep #1 for Writing

C) civilization; savagery

The conch shell was an important object that symbolized
order and civilization because Ralph always blew into it whenever he wanted to call order and control the other boys. However, Jack was the one who always went against him. This rivalry can be called "civilization vs. savagery" since Jack and his followers were uncontrollable and violent; the complete opposite of Ralph.

2) Prep #2 for Writing

B) "The river swallowed the earth as the water continued to rise higher and higher."

*Personification is when you assign the qualities of a person to something that isn't human or, in some cases, to something that isn't even alive.

"B" is an example of personification because the non-human things are assigned qualities of a human, such as "the river: swallowed."

3) Prep #3 for Writing

D) describe the scene in detail and make it come to life

Although a couple of the other choices may be exceptional choices, D is the best choice out of all four. Imagery is when the author creates a picture in the reader's head in order to make them feel as if they are part of the scene; as if the scene has come to life. The writer would choose specific words in order to depict the scene that he/she wants the reader to picture.

4) The REAL Writing Part! (This information should be based off your outline but in paragraph form)

Ralph is characterized as the protagonist of the novel, he is a fair kid with blond hair, and he is charismatic and athletic. His character traits of patience and stability make him the character that represents order, civilization and leadership.
In contrast to Ralph, there is Jack who is everything opposite to Ralph. Jack is ego-maniacal, rude, strong-willed and has the desire for power, but his character traits keep him from being their leader. His character traits contribute to the fact that he is the antagonist of the novel, representing savage and violence.
Golding purposely gives these traits to each character to create the story's plot along with the many symbolism to give it a more effective read.