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Lord of the Flies Soundtrack

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Nicole G

on 15 March 2016

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies Soundtrack

Chapters 1-3
Chapters 4-6
Lord of the Flies Soundtrack
Nicole G
Block 2
Island in the Sun by Weezer
Chapters 7-9
Chapters 10-12
Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace
Field of Innocence by Evanescence
Mad World by Gary Jules
Island in the sun relates to Lord of the flies at the beginning of the story, when the boys first arrive on the island. The tone of the song is light and happy, and that's how the boys feel. Yes there are no adults and rescue may not happen, but the boys are free to do as they please. Ralph says, "This is our island. It's a good island. Until the grown-ups come to fetch us we'll have fun." The song states a similar sentiment during the chorus: "On an island in the sun - We'll be playing and having fun". Also, all Jack is thinking about is killing a pig, he "can't control his brain" to think of something else. Overall, this song describes the boy's happy attitude at the beginning.
This song represents Jack. In chapters 4-6 all he does is hunt, like an animal. The only difference from him in this song is that Jack does not want to be tamed; he likes the violence and wants power. Jack has lost control of his civilized self, but he believes that's what he had to do to earn power over the boys. He wants to awe them with violence and fear. Jack has caged himself, but he wanted that part of him to disappear and be controlled by the mask of paint that he wears; it brings out his darker side. He has also become an animal in the literal sense of it, his only concerns are sleep and food (he couldn't care less about the shelters, or the troubles of others) and he knows all of the types of tracks the pigs leave behind.
This song represents the loss of innocence and civilization that the boys are currently experiencing. The tone of the song is sad and full of longing for the way things used to be. Ralph keeps falling into his instincts and losing his ability to keep track of thoughts. He's questioning humanity itself, and it seems to be too much for him sometimes. "I want to go back to believing in everything and knowing nothing at all". Some of the boys desperately want to make it back, but others don't seem as determined. These different responses are all determined by their previous experiences, what they remember of the world from the eyes of an innocent child.
This song captures the feeling at the end of the book, when Ralph is running from the tribe. At this point in the story, the tribe has gone a bit insane and they've turned the island, their world, into a horrible place. The island is burning, children are hunting to kill another child, and two children are already dead. Those are all bizarre concepts. In the lines "All around me are familiar faces - Worn out places, worn out faces" Ralph's perspective of the other boys is perfectly captured, if he would have had time to stop and look at them. Ralph has almost nowhere left to run, and I imagine he feels like there's probably no tomorrow for him. The melody of this song also seems like the perfect background music to accompany Ralph while he is running away from the boys beside the fire. Add in some slow motion running and let this song make a comment on the madness of human nature.
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