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Lord of the Flies: Isolation

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on 14 January 2014

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies: Isolation

Lord of the Flies
By: William Golding
Just like Castaway the boys in LOTF were very isolated.

During the novel the boys tried to maintain a connection to their old life.
Importance of Connections
How these connections were important to the boys and Chuck on the island.
Castaway Isolation
Image by Tom Mooring
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies: Isolation
At home the boys always had rules and instructions to follow. They are used to having a government and they try to recreate that on the island.
The boys would often mention things they are used to having back home such as their family members or familiar items.

A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.
- young boys
- stranded on island
- no adults
alone on island
only has a few FedEx packages
He dealt with the isolation by trying to maintain connection with others and his life before the crash.

The two objects that helped him do this was Wilson and the Pocket watch.

Volleyball imaginary friend
Something for him to express his emotions and thoughts to.
Pocket watch
Big part of his life before the crash was his fiance.

Every night he looks at pocket watch.
This reminded him of what he had back home. Encouraged him to keep fighting to survive.
As soon as they arrived on the island they immediately assigned a Chief
"We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English and the English are best at everything. So we've got to do the right things" (Golding 42).
Ralph got the boys to build shelter on the island.

This gave them a feeling of protection, just like they used to have in their homes before the crash.
In both Lord of the Flies and Castaway one of the main themes is isolation. Isolation is seen both physically and socially.

Can be defined as...
"far away from other places, buildings, or people"
"having minimal contact or little in common with others."
"'If only we could make a radio!'
'Or a plane-'
'-or a boat.' (Golding 179)

The little connections like structure, lifestyle and shelter that they tried to replicate were also very important in helping them survive. These connections helped them keep their sanity by reminded they of the person they used to be and the life they used to live.

Near the end of the book it becomes very obvious how important these connections were to their past life, slowly you see the boys start to forget who they really are. They no longer had good structure and the only thing their lifestyles contained was hunting. They were becoming extremely savage which is the opposite of how they arrived as english boys.
When Chuck lost Wilson and Ralph lost Piggy they both lost hope in being rescued.

Wilson was the closet thing to human contact Chuck had and that is what helped him keep his sanity. Also for Ralph after Simon was killed Piggy was all he had, all the other boys joined Jacks tribe. When Piggy was killed that took a huge toll on him because Piggy was his main human contact.

If they weren't rescued as soon as they were they both would have gone insane. That is why these connection were so important, if they didn't have them or had lost them earlier then they most likely would not have been able to survive.
"I could swim when I was five. Daddy taught me. He's a commander in the Navy. When he gets leave he'll come and rescue us. What's your father?" (Golding 8)
'So we need shelters as a sort of-'
'That's right.' (Golding 53)
Works Cited
Golding, William.
Lord of the Flies
. New York: Coward-McCann, 1962. Print.
Movieclips. "Cast Away- Never Again, Never Again." YouTube. YouTube, 23 Nov. 2011. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.
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