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Lord Of The Flies
Transcript of Lord Of The Flies
The strong-willed, ego maniacal, Ruler, Jack is the novel’s primary representative of the instinct of savagery, and violence. He desires power above all things. The Ruler archetype is all about power. They are the person who has to have it their way, and always be in control.
The Pig Head
Simon embodies a kind of innate, spiritual human goodness that is deeply connected with nature and, in its own way, as primal as Jack’s evil. The sage is usually represented as a kind and wise, older father-type figure who acts as a mentor. He may occasionally appear as an absent-minded professor.
Piggy is an innocent friend to Ralph. He's an overweight, poor eye-sighted, intellectual boy. He is the most vulnerable of all the boys, despite his greater intelligence. The innocent is the optimistic trusting child, that seeks safety. The innocent may be blind to their obvious weaknesses or perhaps deny them.
Ralph (the magician)
Piggy (the innocent)
Jack (the ruler)
Simon (the sage)
Samneric (the orphan)
Rodger (the rebel)
Ralph is the main character in the book. He is represented by the Magician archetype, who makes things happen. This charismatic leader does not to 'do magic' but transforms or changes something or someone in some way. Perhaps their ultimate goal is to transform themselves.
The conch shell is a big part of lord of the flies for a few different reasons. It's a symbol for power, order, and control throughout the book. It also acts as a symbol for the environment and how the boys are. At the beginning it was pink and
pretty, and by the end it was white and shattered.
The Signal Fire
The signal fire is similar
to the conch in the way
that at the beginning it
was strong when things
were civilized. By the end
though, the fire was stolen
and the boys became savage.
The Conch Shell
The shell represents power, structure, and order. In the beginning, the shell is bright and structured, just like how the boys were. By the end, it is white and crumbled when the boys became chaotic.
The Pig Head
The pig head symbolizes savagery. While it is only dead, the boys feel that it gives them power to do anything. It also resembles loss of hope, fear and it shows that evil is the beast and evil is in everyone
Ralph and Jack are getting the supplies needed to live on this island, such as shelters.
Ralph and other boys are celebrating the successful hunt, while being chaotic and harmful to Simon.
Fear is present in both of these instances. For survival, Jack is the one who fears that they need meat rather than shelters. Ralph is fearful in the savagery theme because Jack has become chaotic and brought the other boys with him, Ralph knows that if things get carried away, they might never get rescued.
Archetype: The term "archetype" means "original pattern"
Symbols: a thing that represents or stands for something else
Themes: a theme is the central topic of a text
"I was the only boy in our school what had asthma," said the fat boy with a touch of pride. "And I've been wearing specs since I was three." (page 9)
Harry Potter & Ralph (both new to leader role) ()
Riots chaos in book to Baltimore http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/27/us/baltimore-unrest/
(Relates to savagery theme)^^
No parents/adults & Narnia
Gollum (Can relate to innocent archetype)
Roger is Jack's best friend on the island. He is one of the the saddest boys and is the person who enjoys hurting others. Jack's evil comes from wanting to hunt and seek thrill, while jack just enjoys injuring others. Like Roger, the Rebel is a rule-breaker. They are the one to seek revenge or revolution, and gets into trouble.
Sam and Eric are completely civilized, identical twins. They stay together as a group, and just sort of do what they're told. They remain loyal to Ralph until the death of Simon, in which they join Jack, hoping for mercy. The Orphan, like Sam and Eric, understands that everyone matters, just as they resemble a wounded or orphaned child that expects very little from life, but that teaches us with empathy, realism, and street smarts.
"'A conch he called it. He used to blow it and then his mum would come.'" (page 15)
"Life became a race with the fire and the boys scattered through the upper forest." (page 41)
"'Pig's head on a stick'
'Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!' said the head." (page 143)
Piggy's spectacles represent intelligence and the wiser people in society. When they broke, it helped develop Jack's character because that's sort of the beginning of his savagery.
"...Jack smacked Piggy's head. Piggy's glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks... 'one side's broken.'" (page 71)
The scar symbolizes the harm that people can cause. Whether it be to the world and environment or each other. People can cause a lot of harm,on purpose or not. Throughout the book, the boys come across this scar mindlessly. This shows that humans don't recognize what destruction that they cause in the world.
"The undergrowth at the side of the scar was shaken up and the multitude of raindrops fell pattering." (page 7)
The jungle was the place that the boys sort of all feared. In the day, it's where the creepers were found. Although, by night, their fear was able to make them see shadows and "beasties" from within it. Throughout the book, the jungle also developed a reason for savagery through fear. So in a way, the jungle could symbolize the fear/evil inside all of us, similar to the pig head.
"Here the roots and stems of creepers were in such tangles that the boys had to thread through them like pliant needles." (page 26)