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Social Structures in Lord of the Flies
Transcript of Social Structures in Lord of the Flies
the trees. The forest minutely vibrated.”
Social Structures in
Lord of the Flies
Roie Karni, Amelia Welch, Reilly Nugent, Cierra Koellner, Dagan Genson
We looked for these 3 descriptors while reading
Lord of the Flies.
“Ralph did a surface dive and swam underwater
with his eyes open; the sandy edge of the pool loomed up like a hillside. He turned over, holding his nose, and a golden light danced and shattered just over his face.”
This quote relates to the central idea of religion and spirituality because of the baptism like characteristics. This makes sense because as Ralph was entering the water it was like he was being reborn into a world with new possibilities. The new world he was experiencing was a life with no adults or parents and a new homeland, the island.
This picture relates to the topic of baptism and rebirth because the baby is being baptised by older members of the church.
This quote takes place when Ralph in the bathing pool
The “island” that the boys have landed on is very mysterious. They don’t know if it is an island at all and it has amazing, almost unreal attractions. When Ralph peers into the forest in minutely vibrated adding an ominous feeling to the scene. There might be something mysterious happening on the island.
This picture shows a portrayal of what the forest might have looked like in the book. It also shows how ominous the environment is.
"… and the three children, kneeling in the sand, were at peace.” (ch. 4 p. 60)
This is a representation of bowing and praying. The children kneel in the sand and were at peace so it is talking about the religious aspect of kneeling and praying to their god(s).
This is showing the boys keeling looking
at peace. Referencing a praying or worshiping.
This quote took place on
the beach before the hunt.
"They made way for him silently, conscious of his grim mood and the fault at the fire” (ch. 5 p. 77)
They made way for Ralph to walk through the boys and by doing this it shows that the boys are respecting him. Showing the reader that the boys think of Ralph as a “god”
This is representing the group of boys that were all waiting for Ralph and then made a path for him
The quote was taken from the part of the book where Ralph gathered the boys after the hunt where Jack got the pig to talk about there priorities.
“But a sign came down from the world of grownups, though at the time there was no child to read it. There was a sudden bright explosion and corkscrew...” (Golding 95 )
This part of the text relates to religion because often times in religion beams of light are shown as a sign of god. One way you can think of it is god is shining down on them. This makes sense because essentially in their life their parents are their gods.
This realtes to the quote because it gives an example of what the forest may have looked like while it was vibrating
“He knelt down and the
arrow of the sun fell on him.”
(Golding 132 )
This is showing an older portrayal of what Ralph might have looked like staring into the forest. He was cautious and curious about the forest that's why this facial expression is relevant.
“‘I’ll go if you like. I don’t mind, honestly.”’
(Golding 117 )
This section of the text relates to the topic of spirituality because Simon is the only one who actually knows what is going on. He is the only boy that knows that the beast is them not a physical beast. Because Simon knows this from his spirituality he is not afraid to go out in the forest alone because he has nothing to fear.
"Now that the physical voice was silent the inner voice of reason, and the other voices too, made themselves heard. Piggy was calling him a kid. Another voice told him not to be a fool; an d the darkness and desperate enterprise gave the night a kind of dentist's chair unreality."
“‘The thing is- fear can’t hurt you
any more than a dream.
There aren’t any beasts to be afraid of on this island.”’ (Golding 82,83)
This passage relates to the theme of mysticality because of how the wordy in sense makes fear a person. In the story Simon basically says that fear isn’t real and can’t hurt you. By him saying this the reader can almost say the beast isn’t a living thing, the beast only represents fear in the boys lives. Relating back to mysticality, the relation of fear and an object is not really heard of or related much.
This picture relates because it epresents what the boys on the island thought the "beast" or fear was.
Ralph's physical voice is now not hindering him to his inner voices, his alter egos that decide his actions. The first boy was Piggy calling him a kid that references his immature side, his unfiltered madness that is prevented from spewing out of his mouth. Thee is a voice telling him not to be a fool which is the voice of adulthood and being mature. The next voice is the voice of fear and power that is deceived as a dentist chair that is chilling to the average child. These two voices clash and create the thoughts that come out. This can be related to god and the devil, how they are opposites and clash to create in some religions is what we endure now.
This is a picture showing god and the devil arm wrestling, which could be a representations to the alter-egos in Ralph.
This picture depicts how terrifying dentists and dentists chairs can be. It is said in the quote "...dentist's chair unreality." This picture is showing that.
This quote could also be connected to the theme power. Because Ralph is chief and wants the fire to keep going. He was in control till Jack went on the hunt.
This quote could also resemble innocence because the children don't fully know the meaning of it.
This could represent what Piggy is calling Ralph in this quote.
“‘What are you doing out here
all alone? Aren’t you afraid of me?’
...He fell down and lost consciousness”
This quote relates to the idea and
recurrent relation of Simon and spirituality.
This quote is spiritually because Simon
is hallucinating and thinks the
pig head is talking to him.
He also isn’t afraid of it because
he knows what fear is. After his
hallucination is over he passes out which
is a spiritual symbol.
“Then one of the boys flopped
on his face in the sand and the
line broke up. They heaved the
fallen boy to the platform and
let him lie.” (Golding 20)
This is an example of spirituality because according to SSRF (Spiritual Science Research Foundation) fainting is considered a Manifest spiritual emotion. This means when someone experiences a spiritual emotion or behavior, fainting is one of the eight options. The SSRF explains these emotions as “effortlessly and spontaneously in the absence of any other non-spiritual contributing factor.”
“Do our dance! Come on! Dance!”
Jack is now the leader of his tribe and the way he runs it, it seems like Neanderthal like tribe. Ralph asked him what is he going to do about a storm that is coming and Jack told the boys to start dancing. The way he does this reminded me of tribes who would do rain dances to surpass the rain. Here they are doing the same thing trying to make a dance to please some sort of being that controls the rain.
This is a video of an Indian rain dance and could represent the dance that Jack and the other kids did.
This is a depiciton of a rain god. In the quote Jack is maybe trying to please a rain god to get rid of the rain.
Chapter 3 Quote
“He tried to convey the compulsion to track down
and kill that was swallowing him up.
“I went on. I thought, by myself—“
The madness came into his eyes again.
“I thought I might kill.”
“But you didn’t.”
“I thought I might.”
“You're a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!” (ch. 11 pg. 187)
Jack’s hunger to kill an animal was growing further. He goes by himself to confirm that he would kill the creature. His need was making him go insane, he will not let it go and might put him and others in danger. If this goes on longer no one knows what this will make out of jack.
"They moved, looked at the forest. 'I say this. We aren't going to bother the beast. We are going to forget the beast.'"
This is a drawing of insanity and could be an example of what Jack is like when hes trying to catch the pig.
Ralph tells jack this. Earlier in the book the beast is referenced to as the devil which is implying that Ralph is telling Jack is the devil. Devil is part of most religions as the sin part.
The boys are very cautious about the beast, which is similar to how the quakers were afraid of God. The boys even end up making sacrifices to the beast, which has happened in real life situations in the past.
This is a picture of a spear hunter, and can be imagined what Jack is like while hunting
This picture represents the beast over Ralph or Jack. Meaning that the beast is within them.
This is another representation of how the two boys are against one another and hate each other.
“‘The rules!’ shouted Ralph. ‘You’re breaking the rules!’ ‘Who cares?’ Ralph summoned his wits. ‘Because the rules are the only thing we’ve got!’ “ (ch. 5 p. 91)
The rules are so important to Ralph because there aren’t any adults around so he wants everyone to fallow them. This is because he thinks of the rules as a higher power the so called adults or the ruler of the island. He needs them to fallow them because he believes in them too. These rules are also like there holly bible. It’s their religious book to live by.
I choose these pictures because like I said Ralph believes that the rules hold a higher power, like the bible.
This picture represents a boy (Simon) who is passed out
"I'm frightened. Of us. Oh God, I want to go home."
This is Ralph's realization that the actions of the boys are getting way to out of control and he wants to get away from it as soon as he possibly can. This can relate to religion because it is like someone who has been going down the wrong path, following evil, and figures out that they need to change their paths as quickly as possible, to follow good, and completley converts.
This is a picture of someone trying to figure out which path to go down, good or evil.
“The savage stopped fifteen yards
away and uttered his cry.”
This section in the text relates to the topic of spirituality because of the spectrum in the book. Throughout the book Simon represented the topic and theme of spirituality. Simon's character showed how savage the other characters were becoming. Now at the end of the book the completely savage boys are now referred to as “savage and not their names.
“Ralph squirted again and
missed. He laughed at
Piggy expecting him to
retire meekly as usual an
d in pained silence. Instead, Piggy beat
the water with his hands. “Stop it!” he
shouted. “D’you hear?”’ (Golding 147 )
This picture relates to the idea of savagry in lord of the flies because this boy has face paiting and is holding a spear.
This picture represents the kind of sacrifices that were made to the beast.
“I know. They didn’t come for the conch. They came for something else. Ralph – what am I going to do?”
Far off along the bowstave of the beach, three figures trotted toward the castle rock. The chief led them, trotting steadily, exulting in his achievement. He was a chief now in truth; and he made stabbing motions with his spear. From his left hand dangled Piggy’s broken glasses.
Piggy’s glasses have become the most powerful item on the island. It is interesting that Piggy initially thinks of the conch; to him, order and law are more valuable than anything else. In certain cases, religious folk can value their beliefs before anything else in life.
"Behind them on the grass the headless and paunched body of a sow lay where they had dropped it."
At this point, you can see that the boys aren't even bothering to eat the meat they're killing. They're killing for the fun of i, which is something that Golding clearly identifies as "savage." This heavily enforces the idea of the children becoming more and more evil with the more time they spend on the island.
This is a picture of the Lord of The Flies above simon, the LOTF being portrayed as the evil in humanity and specificaly, in the boys.
"He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling."
The dancing represesnts something like religious rites. It is like they are doing the dance to worship something, like you would worship a god or an idol.
This picture relates to the quote because it gives a visual on how the dance would look.
The tears began to flow and sobs shook him. He gave himself up to them now for the first time on the island; great, shuddering spasms of grief that seemed to wrench his whole body. His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too. And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.
Ralph may be weeping like a kid, but he's not a child any longer. It's not that he's lost his innocence, exactly; it's more like he's lost the idea that anyone is innocent. He feels like everyone on the island has changed forever.