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Lord of the Flies: Chapters 1-4 Visual Timeline
Transcript of Lord of the Flies: Chapters 1-4 Visual Timeline
Chapter 2 Events
Chapter 3 Events
Chapter 4 Events
Chapter 1 Events
by Meghan Laidlaw
Plane Crash and the "Scar"
Before the book even begins, the plane that the boys are on is shot down. The plane crashes into the island and leaves what is described as a "long scar smashed into the jungle." (1)
Introduction of Ralph and Piggy
The first character to be introduced in the novel is Ralph, a "boy with fair hair" (1), followed by Piggy, who is "shorter than [Ralph] and very fat." (1) These characters are two of the most important in the novel.
Finding the Conch
"Ralph had stopped smiling and was pointing into the lagoon. Something creamy lay among the ferny weeds." (10)
Ralph and Piggy are on the beach by themselves, wondering how many other boys are on the island when they see the conch. The conch shell is an important symbol in the novel. When Ralph and Piggy find the conch, they are able to call the other boys to the shore so they can have a meeting.
Introducing Jack and the Choir
"The creature was a party of boys, marching approximately in step in two parallel lines." (15)
Jack Merridew is another important character. He is head of the choir and enjoys being boss. Right from the beginning, Jack is giving orders and trying to present himself as a leader.
Ralph Elected as Leader
"There was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out" (19)
The boys decide to have an election for leader. Voting by show of hands, the boys in the choir voted for Jack while the others chose to raise for their hands for Ralph.
At the end of the first chapter, the boys find and chase a pig but are unable to kill it. This chapter starts off with Jack claiming that he will become a hunter and kill pigs for food.
"You need an army - for hunting. Hunting pigs." (31)
" He wants to know what you're going to do about the snake-thing." (34)
During the meeting, Ralph gives the conch to a small boy with a mulberry coloured birthmark on his face. The boy is shy and has to speak through Piggy, but says there is "beastie" in the jungle. Although Ralph denies its existence, this "beastie" starts fear in all the boys, whether they admit of not.
Ralph decides that the boys need to keep a fire on top of the mountain so that if a ship passes the island, the people on board will see the smoke and come rescue them. This fire symbolizes hope for the boys, especially Ralph.
"We must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire." (37)
Piggy is Excluded from the Group
"Ralph elbowed [Piggy] to one side and knelt by the pile" (40)
All the boys run to the mountain to start collecting wood for the fire. Piggy is unable to join then because of his asthma.
Even before this, the boys had judged Piggy on his body shape and name and decided that he was not one of them.
Kid with the Mulberry Birth-Mark: Missing
Instead of simply making a fire on top of the mountain, the boys manage to set the forest on fire in their excitement. After the forest fire has burned out, the child who had mentioned the "beastie" is no where to be found, which causes a panic in the younger boys.
"That little 'un ... him with the mark on his face, I don't see him. Where is he now?" (46)
Jack goes into the jungle to track and hunt the pigs that live on the island.
"He passed like a shadow under the darkness of the tree and crouched, looking down at the trodden ground at his feet" (49)
Ralph wants to build huts as shelters on the beach, but after helping with the first, most of the boys run off the play, leaving Ralph and Simon to build the last two on their own.
"Two shelters were in position, but shaky. This one was a ruin."
Nobody is Working
Once they are finished the first hut, all the boys run off to play and do their own thing. No one wants to watch the fire or continue helping with the shelter. This frustrates Ralph as he is trying to keep them alive but is unable to do so without their cooperation.
"All day I've been working with Simon. No one else. They're off bathing,or eating, or playing." (51)
Meat or Shelter?
When Jack returns from his hunting trip, he and Rah get into a fight about whether the pigs are really that important. They also discuss the fear the smaller kids seem to be experiencing and the validity of it.
"Rescue? Yes, of course! All the same, I'd like to catch a pig first." (54)
A Quiet Place
Simon escapes to a quiet place in the forest where he is able to think and get away from everyone else, especially Jack and Ralph who are constantly bickering.
"When he was secure in the middle he was screened off from the open space" (58)
Jack paints his face with clay so that is able to be more concealed while he hunts.
"Beside the mere, his sinewy body held up a mask that drew their eyes and appalled them."(66)
Roger throws rocks at one of the littl'uns but is sure to leave a wide area around the boy so as not to hit him.
"Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law." (65)
A Ship Passes
Jack and Piggy see a ship pass by in the distance by their signal fire has been allowed to burn out so the ship does not see them. Ralph then becomes angry with Jack for not doing his job and allowing them to miss their chance at rescue.
"The horizon stretched, impersonal once more, barren of all but the faintest trace of smoke. Ralph ran stumbling along the rocks, saved himself on the edge of the pink cliff and screamed at the ship." (71)
Jack and his hunters are finally able to kill a pig and they become very excited with their first blood. The carry the pig to the mountain for cooking and chant all the way there.
"Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood." (72)
When Piggy tells Jack he shouldn't have let the fire go out, he responds with violence and hits him, causing his precious glasses to fly off his head and break. Piggy becomes very vulnerable and scared without his glasses, which are like his security blanket.
"Ralph made a step forward and Jack smacked Piggy's head. Piggy's glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks." (75)