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A Mob Mentality.
Transcript of A Mob Mentality.
A Mob Mentality?
Throughout Lord of the Flies readers witness the growth of a ‘mob mentality’, children abandoning their previous beliefs and joining in with the crowd.
The London Riots
In August 2011 the world witnessed the 'London Riots'.
The chaos began on August 6th after a protest in Tottenham. The protest followed the death of Mark Duggan, a local who was shot dead by the Police as he travelled in a minicab.
A Mob Mentality
The London Riots and Lord of the Flies
Today’s learning objectives:
To understand the idea of a ‘mob mentality’ through reference to the London Riots.
To evaluate the growing ‘mob mentality’ within Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
Between the 6th and the 10th of August thousands of people rioted in several London boroughs and across the UK. These rioters were labelled 'COPYCAT CRIMINALS' who mimicked the acts of the Tottenham protesters across the country.
The London Riots
On your own: As we watch the video think about the following questions:
Write these in your books.
1) What criminal acts took place?
2) Who performed the crimes?
3) To what extent did the criminality 'spread'?
The London Riots and specifically, the spread of rioting illustrate a 'mob mentality', people copying or joining in with the behaviour of others.
People used the initial protest as an excuse to 'get in' on the violence, committing arson, looting shops and performing various violent acts.
We have a clear sense of people abandoning their previous attitudes, beliefs and values and 'going along with the crowd'.
Today we are going to think about how a similar mob mentality can be found within 'Lord of the Flies' and the construction of the fire.
Analysing the text
Having a go together....
How does this extract illustrate the growing 'mob mentality' on the island.
Analysing the text
In pairs you have been given a quotation from the text. In your books I want you to brainstorm the ways in which it may suggest a growing 'mob mentality' on the island.
You will be explaining your analysis to the class.
Getting lost in the mob.
At the end of the chapter the boys realise one of the 'little 'uns' is missing.
RECAP: What happens in Chapter 2- Fire on the Mountain
‘A fire! Make a fire!’
At once half the boys were on their feet. Jack clamoured among them, the conch forgotten. (p. 37)
What do the exclamations suggest?
Did they take any persuading?
Do they think about the ecological consequences? or safety? or make any formal plan?
What does it suggest if they have forgotten the 'conch'?
What did the conch symbolise?
All at once the crowd swayed towards the island and were gone- following Jack. Even the tiny kids went and did their best among the leaves and broken branches. (p. 37)
Each party of boys added a quota, less or more, and the pile grew. (p.38)
Ralph was left holding the conch with no one but Piggy left. (p.37)
Together, they chanted. One! Two! Three! And crashed the log on to the great pile. (p. 39)
Then they stepped back, laughing with triumphant pleasure, so that immediately Ralph had to stand on his head. (p.39)
At the sight out the flames and the irresistible course of the fire, the boys broke into shrill, excited cheers (p. 44)
As we go through each pair's analysis, annotate your copy of the text!
‘Them kids. The little’uns. Who took any notice of ‘em? Who knows how many we got?’
‘- and them little ‘uns was wandering about down there where the fire is. How d’you know they aren’t still there?’
‘That little –un’- gasped Piggy- ‘him with the mark on his face, I don’t see him. Where is he now?’
Look at these two images.
To what extent do they challenge Piggy's point of view?
You have 3 minutes to discuss this with the table behind you.
Silently in your books....
In what ways does chapter two illustrate the boys' growing savagery and the growth of a 'mob mentality'.
What does this suggest about the ability to get caught up in the mob mentality?
What links can we make to the London Riots?
What does this lead us to predict about the novel?
Throughout the novel, readers witness the boys' growing savagery.
Startled, Ralph realised that the boys were falling still and silent, feeling the beginnings of awe at the power set free below them. The knowledge and awe made him savage. (p.44)
What do you think of by the term 'savage'?
'I agree with Ralph. 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’
What does Piggy think about behaviour and 'Englishness'?
Before we start,
What should you do to answer this question successfully?
Swap answers with the person next you.
Read through their work.
What they have done successfully (E.g. used quotations, infered from the text, explained quotations, drawn on context)
What they could improve on (E.g. linking quotations, fully explaining quotations, linking context to the text).
You have 5 minutes to answer this question.
When commenting on the riots, the BBC correspondent claimed:
Discuss quietly with your partner:
What does the smoke signal in Lord of the Flies?
Could it also be a signal of the mayhem to come?
"The smoke is a signal of the mayhem in the distance"