Lord of the Flies Cover Analysis
Extra Credit Option #2
This LOTF cover is clearly based around Piggy. As a character in the story but not necessarily the most credited, readers must wonder why he's the focus for this cover. For one, you can identify that this boy is Piggy because he's a bigger kid and has specs. The reasoning for using Piggy as the fundamental character on the cover could be for many reasons and analysis's. In my opinion, Piggy was the most underestimated boy. He came up with a lot of intellectual ideas (for being stranded on an island). There is also a connection that the "Lord of the Flies" is a pig head on a stick, and Piggys name is after a pig. Connecting those dots, the illustrator must have understood this as well, because he makes sure to be crisp at the details of the boy on the cover, including Piggys broken specs. "Ralph! We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They'll come when they hear us-" (16). Had Piggy blown the conch on his own, the boys would have crowned him as chief being that's how Ralph got chosen. Piggy is the one with all the brilliant ideas, starting right from the beginning of the novel.
The second LOTF cover I have chosen is symbolism for unimportance. I think this because the illustration shows three boys, presumably hunters, that are made of paper (the drawing shows lots of markings and streaks across the boys bodies and spears in their hands to portray what these hunters were described as in the novel). Other covers portray the characters as real people, not paper made. It shows that while stranded on the island the hunters' desires to have fun and kill, is not the main importance, just like paper, not very useful in this situation. This relates to the book up to this point, because Ralph as the chief, is trying to get the boys to help him and attempt at a rescue, while 98% of them are choosing to stick with the lead hunter Jack, and not look at the big picture of what they should be trying to accomplish. I also think that the fire is showed as very small, to stress the opinion of the fire throughout the story. Ralph is trying to get the boys to maintain a fire, in case a ship passes by, so they can spot the smoke of the flames and save them, but the boys do not seem to care with Jack as their new chief. "Simons dead body moved out toward the open sea" (154). This statement was made after the boys got all the adrenaline pumping in their bodies, and killed one of their own on "accident". Had the boys stuck to Ralph's leadership, this act wouldn't have happened.
Another example of a Lord of the Flies cover is interpreting the book a different way. This one focus on the conch, and it's bigger meaning. The conch in the story for the boys is just an object that makes a loud sound, but for readers, has more thought-provoking meanings. As for myself, I see the conch as the thing that holds all the boys together (like glue). From the start, it got all the boys together, and continued that way, setting things straight, until Jack decided to have his own group of followers, where he made his own rules. One of those rules was that the conch did not work in his parts. All the boys would not listen or follow the conch noises anymore. When the conch turned out useless to 98% of the boys, that's when they seriously got out of hand, including murdering Simon. On the cover, you can see a face, with face paint on it, inferring for us that it's Jack. This ties back in to the symbolism of the conch. Jack does not care about a stupid conch anymore, un aware that serious consequences will come from disobeying authority (Ralph). "And the conch doesn't count at this end of the island-" (150). Is what Jack told Ralph, after he tried to tell the boys to come back to his leadership, for he was the one with the conch and rules.
Cover # 4
The final cover I have chosen to analyze is focused on is most likely, a single hunter (Jack), or, Simon. Without the face paint, some may be confused as to who it could be. This could be a hunter/Jack because the human is trying to blend in with their surroundings, something a hunter would do. Although, their is no face paint, which all the hunters clearly had. This could also be Simon, because as the most mysterious character, we weren't sure what he was doing. The chapter before his death, we find out he's been hiding out in a secret place in the forest. There are many other things we don't find out about Simon, possibly watching animals or something in his hideout. Later in the story we might know better who exactly it is, but as for now that's the best guess. You can also see a bunch of flies in the lower right corner. This is obviously related back to the pig head on the stick, and title of the book, Lord of the Flies. The green forestry on his head is made into what looks like a crown, which could be representing Jack, as a leader who doesn't have anything to recognize himself as chief, (or lord, because of the title) he could use this as his crown.
The Best Cover: #2
In my opinion, theiscover is the best one of them all because it represents a large majority of the events in the book, will the others are more specific, or not specific enough. All the events dealing with the hunters, and what will continue with them are shown through this illustration. They are also interpreted as bigger symbolism for chaos and mistakes. It not only shows the hunters, but the fire as well and how that has played throughout the book. Something illustrated so small actually has a lot of importance in the story. Not only the symbolic pieces and connections of the cover, it's a unique art piece that has never been seen before (at least for me) which makes it standout. One of the biggest turning points in the book dealing with Jack and the hunters was when Jack was talking about Ralph, explaining that "He's not a hunter. He'd never have got us meat. He isn't a prefect and we don't know anything about him. He just gives orders and expects people to obey for nothing. All this talk-"(126). This happened when they were all searching for the "beast", and after all this was done with, that's when Jack made it very clear he was to be a new leader. The dancing hunters around the fire in Cover #2 are a good example of all the hype and adrenaline the boys got from no authority and having freedom under Jacks wing.