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Lord of the Flies as a dystopian novel
Transcript of Lord of the Flies as a dystopian novel
Ralph realizes that there are no grownups on the island. He's excited over the prospect of being on his own. Utopia in the beginning The causes of the Dystopia The causes of the dystopia The space under the palm trees was full of noise and movement. Ralph was on his feet too, shouting for quiet, but no one heard him. All at once crowd swayed toward the island and was gone-- following Jack." (pg.38)
This quote exemplifies the power struggle between Jack and Ralph early on in the novel. While Ralph was voted as chief, Jack is unhappy with the decision and challenges Ralph's appointed status. The struggle between them leads to the separation of the island and the savagery between Ralph with Jack's tribe. as a Dystopian Novel Lord of the Flies Alyssa Lage and Dina Rezk Definition of a Utopia A place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government and social conditions, "He turned neatly on to his feet, jumped down to the beach, knelt an swept a double armful of sand into a pile against his chest. Then he sat back and looked at the water with bright, excited eyes."(Pg.10)
Ralph begins to enjoy the time he has on the island alone. He takes in the freedom and beauty of his surroundings. Utopia in the beginning cont. "Ralph danced out into the hot air of the beach and then returned as a fighter-plane, with wings swept back, and machine-gunned Piggy." (Pg.11)
Ralph is having fun and doesn't realize the seriousness of Piggy and his situation. "There isn't anyone to help you. Only me. And I'm the Beast....Fancy thinking the Beast something you could hunt and kill...You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?" (pg.143)
This quote shows that the Beast in only a figment of their fears. People driven by fear can do things they wouldn't normally do, such as killing one another and enjoying the kill. Fear Power The causes of the dystopia Savagery The causes of the dystopia Hopelessness Summary of the dystopia "Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood! Do him in!" (pg.152)
This chant used to be chanted about the pig but they changed the words to fit a boy, Simon in particular. The boys in Jack's tribe didn't consider the ethics behind their murders. "Ralph himself like a cat; stabbed, snarling, with the spear, and the savage doubled up."(Pg.195)
Ralph is depicted as an animal. He was stabbed and hunted by the boys in Jack's tribe. "I've been watching the sea. There hasn't been a trace of a ship. Perhaps we'll never be rescued." (pg.43)
The boys are starting to lose faith in their chances of being rescued. When they lost faith, they started losing basic civilized mannerisms that they came to the island with. They became barbaric when they became hopeless. The combination of causes tie together to create the dystopian society the boys live in. At first glance, the island seems like a utopia because of the lack of supervision and the abundance of beach for the boys to roam. When examined further the elements of a dystopia are prevalent. Referring back to the definition of a dystopia, the boys started to live their lives as animals and let fear guide their actions.