Lord Of The Flies

By Aaron Guillen and Nicole Williams

Theme

Those who have a strong sense of speech, gain the respect of other individuals.
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This is character development because Piggy starts to gain some confidence and starts to get the concept of leadership. The important details are from where it says how his speech made everyone silent. Another detail would be how he smiles, knowing that he has the audience's attention and their respect at that exact moment. The important parts would be when he smiled and when the crowd felt silent after his strong statement. This contrasts to when he was shy and quiet at the beginning. This also shows his way of trying to keep everyone “Civilized” as well where in later parts of the book, he’s always pitching in ideas to civilize their society.

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This part of the passage shows another character development of Ralph, showing his intelligence to solve confusing situations, and how well he may handle adversity from where he almost lost his respect from the group. Important details are leading to his quote when it says how he comes up with another idea to win the crowd. Another important detail is when it shows how much he lights up the crowd when the passionate noise from the crowd came about. This compares to the beginning of the story when he was recognized quickly as the true leader that would lead the crowd through tough situations.

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Here this shows the character development of the group as a whole as far as patronizing the little ones, especially the boy who saw the beastie. The older ones of the group do not take this little boy seriously for the reason of his very young age. You can see this in one of the important details of this passage where they accuse him of just having a nightmare. Another important part is when Ralph and all the other older boys looked at each other showing how they are taking the whole beastie thing as a joke. This compares to later in this chapter where Ralph eventually sees the little boys as just people slacking off, not doing work when they were trying to get a signal fire going, to where they just wanted to play in the ocean and have fun.

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This shows the character development of the start of the feud between Ralph and Jack. In the passage it shows how the entire audience was in awe of Ralph and it says how they respected him. At the end of the paragraph, it kind of shows a kind of sarcastic expression by Jack, saying how he showed he knows how to clap as well. This compares to the feud and battle for power between Jack and Ralph in the future of the book.

'"We'll have to have 'Hands up' like at school."'

This quote found of page 39 shows a simile that helps portray the leadership that Ralph brings to the group of boys. On the very first day of being on the island, he has already created rules to ensure that order is kept among the rowdy children. The use of this simile creates a picture of how the boys will lead the island much like they were ruled while adults were in charge, even though the boys want to do the exact opposite.

"The breezes that on the lagoon had chased their tails like kittens were finding their way across the platform and into the forest."

This evidence expresses personification and a simile found on page 40. The personification is found because Golding gives an inanimate object like wind animate actions like "chased". Then, a simile is found where the author compares wind to kittens chasing their tails. Both of these literary devices are used to describe the setting and feeling on the island for the boys. During this time, the sun was setting and the quote shows how the author chooses to describe the breeze moving off the ocean, over the boys, into the depths of the island, which can be assumed to create a calming effect compared to the sun that was beating down on the boys just a little while earlier.

'"He wants to know what you're going to do about the snake-thing.'"

Foreshadowing is found on page 42 in the above line. This quote introduces the beastie thing which can be found throughout the novel as a constant source of fear and disagreement. This foreshadowing contributes to the overall theme of fear in the novel. The snake thing can be seen as a symbol of the fright the boys experience by being abandoned all alone on a remote island or can be taken as a literal beast. Golding uses this literary device to create suspense among the readers and leave a hint of mystery throughout the book, leaving the reader some leeway with their own imagination.

Discussion Questions

How does the Ralph's power of speech effect his power and leadership in the future of the book?


How does introducing a constant theme of fear through the "snake beast" by foreshadowing affect the novel?