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Lord of the Flies Archetypes & Symbols in Chapter 2
Transcript of Lord of the Flies Archetypes & Symbols in Chapter 2
"We've been on the mountain top and seen water all around. We saw no houses, no smoke, no footprints, no boats, no people. We're on an uninhabited island with no other people on it" (Golding 32).
Wise, Old Sage
Lord of the Flies
Chapter 2: Archetypes & Symbols
"Ralph moved the
lenses back and forth, this way and that, till a glossy white image of the declining sun lay
on a piece of rotten wood"
Piggy's glasses create the fire.
Power & Government
"'We ought to have more rules. Where the conch is, that's a meeting'" (Golding 42).
The conch establishes their form of government.
"Life became a race with the fire and the boys scattered through the upper forest. To keep a clean flag of flame flying on the mountain was the immediate end and no one looked further" (Golding 41).
The fire represents not only their internal fire but the external fire destroying the island.
"They looked at him with eyes that lacked interest with what they saw, and cocked ears at the drum-roll of the fire. Piggy glanced nervously into hell and cradled the conch" (Golding 44).
During chaotic events and moments, the boys display their natural savagery.
place of mystery and power; center of the universe
the place gods reveal truths
The mountain on the island represents the mountain archetype.
inexhaustible life and immortality
paradise; innocence; unspoiled beauty
"A tree exploded in the fire like a bomb. Tall swathes of creepers rose for a moment into view, agonized, and went down again" (Golding 46).
The tree represents the island which the fire kills.
blood, sacrifice, violent passion disorder
Friend who helps character; Mentor will often go away in beginning but will come back in the end in some shape or form
courage and bravery, usually go through the most change and we root for them to win; also represent the good in humanity
unnatural; artificial; threaten individual or society
wants to be heroic but don't have makings; feels misunderstood; not necessarily evil
evil; melancholy; the unconscious; primal wisdom; death; chaos, mystery, the unknown
In chapter 2, the setting sun archetype is portrayed when the sun disappears along the horizon as the boy begin to start the fire.
The garden archetype is shown through the image of the island.
The color red is seen in Jack's hair as well as in the fire.
Piggy is chapter 2's wise, old sage.
Ralph characterizes the archetype of the hero.
. William Golding based several of the main ideas in
Lord of the Flies
(1858), a somewhat obscure novel by Robert Ballantyne, a 19th-century British novelist. In
, three English boys create an idyllic society after being shipwrecked on an uncharted island. They battle wild hogs, typhoons, hostile visitors, and eventually pirates on the South Seas" (www.litcharts.com).
Jack impersonates the fool in the
Lord of the Flies
The monster is constantly talked about as if it were a real thing, but the true evil lies within each person.
The color black is depicted in the smoke rising from the fire.
highly positive; associated with truth and security
In this branch of the story, the color archetype is described as a blue horizon right before the fire is set.
"The afternoon sun slanted in from the other side of the platform" (Golding 32).
"... Ralph lifted the cream and pink shell to his kness and a sudden breeze scattered light over the platform... He looked sideways to his left, toward the bathing pool. Piggy was sitting near but giving no help" (Golding 32).
"Their faces were lit redly
"He paused, with the point made. The assembly was lifted toward safety by his words. They liked and now respected him. Spontaneously they began to clap and presently the platform was loud with applause" (Golding 37).
"Then, with the martyred expression of a parent who has to keep up with the senseless ebullience of the children, he puicked up the conch, turned toward the forest, and began to pick his way over the tumbled scar" (Golding 38).
"There was no laughter at all now and more grave watching. Ralph pushed both hands through his hair and looked at the little boy in mixed amusement and exasperation. Jack seized the conch" (Golding 36).
"'He says he saw the beastie, the snake- thing, and will it come back tonight?'
'There isn't a beastie!'
'He says in he morning it turned into them things like ropes in the trees and hung in the branches. He says will it come back tonight?'
'But there isn't a beastie!'" (Golding 36).
"They gazed intently at the dense blue of the horizon, as if a silhouette might appear there at any moment. [...] 'I've been watching the sea. There hasn't been the trace of a ship. Perhaps we'll never be rescued'" (Golding 43).
"Acres of black and yellow smoke rolled steadily toward the sea" (Golding 44).