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"Deus Ex Machina" and Lord of the flies
Transcript of "Deus Ex Machina" and Lord of the flies
and Lord of the flies The naval ship A literary device which is used when a hopeless situation or problem is resolved in an unexpected ending
Translation: "God of the machine" derrived from greek plays
Rough translation: God made it happen Meaning of "Deus Ex Machina" Readers argue saying the ending is not unpredictable and
that there are hints referencing to the ending.
In my opinion, one can realise the obvious hints only after reading the ending. Statement Ralph's hint Ralph had always exaggerated that they always
needed a signal fire and in the ending , Jack had
made a fire that spread across the island in the ending
" 'There's another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they might not notice us, so we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire.' "-p.g 37 Simon's prediction Simon, the "Christ figure" predicts that Ralph
would be saved and only him.
In the ending when Ralph is running from Jack's tribe he is the first to find the officer as Simon predicted, Ralph was saved. A naval ship had passed by before in the novel suggesting a possible route for ships There have been many hints in the book that referenced
to the naval officer coming to rescue the boys that
were obvious after reading the ending.
irony is visible when the boys realise that there was always
a very thin line between Civilization and Savagery
William Golding is trying to convey to the audience
that without the naval officer, Ralph's fate would be clear Conclusion Thanks for listening " 'All the same. You'll get back all right. I think so, anyway.' "- p.g 121 " ' The smoke was a tight little knot on the horizon and was uncoiling slowly. Beneath the smoke was a dot that might be a funnel...' "- p.g 69 Favorite quote from Lord of the flies :) "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy." The naval officer and the boys Unexpected ending
Naval officer's point of view changes reader's opinion
on the severity of their degeneration into savagery
The boys' savagery is seen as almost a game all along.
Irony is seen when the boys they re enter a world of civilization but are actually entering a world of their savagery on a macro scale Questions! 1) What do you think were the Naval officer's first impressions or thoughts of the boys? Explain
2) Do you think the war between the grown ups may have influenced the boys degeneration into savagery?
3) What do you think Golding was trying to prove in the ending?
4) Would you have ended Lord of the Flies this way?