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Lord of the Flies

Analysis of Ralph, the Theme of Power, Key Passage, and the Conch
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Shunmathi Shan

on 12 January 2015

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies

Fear in the Society
Lord of the Flies
Ralph
Before Turning Point:
Theme
Power
Key Passage
Symbol
Conch
Creative Aspect
THANK YOU!
By: Ishita, Priya, Renée, Shirin, Shunmathi, & Zannatul
After Turning Point:

has fluctuations in his ability to think clearly and comprehend what needs to be done next
demonstrates characteristics of a follower who cannot bear the sense of isolation and insecurity
continues to advocate for the importance of the signal fire and the conch

Simon vs. Lord of the Flies
Context
Character
Ideas
Style
Pages 157 - 159
delves into solving the most complex of concerns
demonstrates characteristics of a leader
instincts help him to establish a civilized society
preoccupied with being rescued
Simon
Thematic Statement
Ralph
Ralph is genuine and wants to see the well being of everyone else in their society
Him caring about others well being= Him being influenced by this and acting a certain way in the society
Main focuses are fear and signal fire
Signal Fire
Is sincere and wants everyone to be saved, therefore he cares about the signal fire a lot
“Went on in the silence, borne in triumph” (Golding 37)
“We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire” (Golding 37)?
Jack
Sees power as an object only and is very power hungry
This influences him to act in the society in a way that produces fear and he also cares less about the importance of the signal fire and being saved
Fear= Power to him
Hunting is more important to him because he is the leader and in power
"Simon's mouth laboured, brought forth audible words. 'Pig's head on a stick'" (Golding 158).
"Simon found he was looking into a vast mouth. There was blackness within, a blackness that spread" (Golding 159).
Symbolism of
the Lord of the Flies
"You don't want Ralph to think your batty do you? You like Ralph a lot, don't you" (Golding 157)?
Foreshadowing
Diction
"For a moment or two the forest and all the other dimly appreciated places echoed with the parody of laughter" (Golding 158).
Outcome
When one has a certain perspective on power, it can influence how they act within the society.
"Do you. See" (Golding 159)?
appreciated
echoed
parody
Fluctuations in his ability to think clearly and comprehend what needs to be done next...
Due to him being sincere he brings up the concept of what the fear is in their society
"“Things are breaking up. I don’t understand why. We began well; we were happy. And then-” (Golding 87-88)
“Then people started to get frightened” (Golding 88)
“I don’t think we’d ever fight a thing that size, honestly, you know. We’d talk but we wouldn’t fight a tiger. We’d hide. Even Jack ‘ud hide”(Golding 137).




“There’s no help. Piggy. Nothing to be done”(Golding 141).




“But the… oh… the fire! Of course, the fire!” (Golding 156).

“Piggy and Ralph, under the threat of the sky, found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society”(Golding 167).


“[…] this was not Bill. This was a savage whose image refused to blend with that ancient picture of a boy in shorts and a shirt” (Golding 203).



Demonstrates characteristics of a follower who cannot bear the sense of isolation and insecurity...
Fear
Continues to advocate for the importance of the signal fire and the conch


“I’m chief, because you chose me. And we were going to keep the fire going. Now you run after food—” (Golding 166).



Fear and Hunting

Creates fear to feel powerful
“Serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies” (Golding 88)!
Cares less for signal fire and only cares about hunting
“I painted my face-I stole up. Now you eat-all of you and I-“ (Golding 78).
“You are a silly little boy, said the Lord of the Flies, “just an ignorant, silly little boy. Simon moved his swollen tongue but said nothing" (Golding 157).

“You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you" (Golding 158).

"Simon was inside the mouth. He fell down and lost consciousness" (Golding 159).
FEAR IN THE BOYS
"What makes things break up the way they do? Why things are what they are" (Golding 158).

"I'm the reason why its no go" (Golding 158).
EVIL ASPECT OF THE BEAST
"You knew, didn’t you I’m part of you? Close, close, close" (Golding 158)!

"I’m warning you. I’m going to get angry...—Or else, we shall do you? See? Jack and Roger and Maurice and Robert and Bill and Piggy and Ralph. Do you See? You know perfectly well you’ll only meet me down there—so don’t try to escape” (Golding 159).
CONTEXT OF THE PASSAGE
IMPORTANCE OF THE PASSAGE
It explains the meaning and representation of the Lord of the Flies
Answers all the questions the boys are asking
Foreshadowing many events that will occur in the book
Order
used to summon the rest of the boys
the deterioration of order within the island society can be seen through the deteriorating state of the conch
Power
the conch gives the holder power to speak
it is what Ralph uses to assume political power of the rest of the group
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