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Lord of the Flies: Chapter 2
Transcript of Lord of the Flies: Chapter 2
People gettin' loose y’all gettin' down on the roof - Do you hear?
(the folks are flaming) Folks were screamin' - out of control
I couldn't get enough, so I had to self destruct,
The heat was on, rising to the top
Everybody's goin' strong
That is when my spark got hot
I heard somebody say
Burning, burning, burning, burning...
The theme of this Lord of the Flies chapter is wreck less behavior. The boys are progressively becoming more like savages, which is displayed in this chapter when they set part of the forest ablaze. The are more caught up in the idea of fire that they don't seem to care about the boy that was burned due to their incapability to thoroughly think things through appropriately. The boys are too young to know how to cope with such drastic changes in their lifestyle; especially the fact that there were no adults to help them learn to properly use their time and more importantly, how to survive.
Disco Inferno (Burn Baby Burn)
Lord of the Flies: Chapter 2
The snake like "beastie" is a symbol is a symbol of how the boys are progressively becoming more savage and changing from their original proper ways. The beast is the boys showing their vulnerability.
Piggys glasses because his glasses are the sole reason why the boys are able to create fire. They let the light shine through the lenses to lite the fire.
Fire is a symbol of hope. Without fire the boys would not be able to any source/ ability of being able to get off of the island. The fire is used for their smoke signal so passing ships can hopefully find them and return them back to their homes.
The conch shell is a symbol of authority for the boys. When it is blown the boys are to come to the assembly. The conch is used determine who has the power to talk.
This represents when the fire went out of control and how the boys attempted to stop it. It also represents when the littlun (boy with the mulberry- coloured birth mark) was burned in the fire.
This represents when the boys came up with the idea to go to the top of the mountain to light a fire and how they all ran to the top of the mountain with excitement.
This represents the fire burning uncontrollably, destroying the part of the island with the most fruit on it.
In the beginning Ralph declares that at their meetings, the conch shell will be used to determine who will speak and everyone must listen to the ideas of the speaker. The boys talk about the possibility of being stranded for a long time. The small boy with the mulberry- coloured birthmark on his face claims to of seen a snake like “beastie”. The older boys in the group try and reassure the younger boys that there is no monster on the island. Ralph suggests that the group should build a large signal fire on top of the islands central mountain, so that passing ships could see them and potentially rescue them. The boys are all excited and rush up the mountain to go and build the fire. Piggy complains about how stupid he finds the other boys behaviors. The boys gather up some wood and use the lens from Piggy’s glasses to focus the sun on the wood. Piggy suggests to the boys to work more proficiently if they want to get off of the island, but no one really cares what Piggy has to say (as usual). Jack Volunteers his group of hunters to be responsible in keeping the smoke signal going. Once the fire is lit the trees all go ablaze and it sends the boys frantic trying to put the fire out. The boy with the mulberry- coloured birth mark on his face goes missing and the group dismisses it like it never even happened.
How do the lyrics relate to this chapter?
Person vs. Environment:
In this chapter, the boys devise a plan to start a fire on the top of the mountain so that they would be saved. The fire went out of control due to the boys disorganized efforts and set much of the island that had a lot of fruit ablaze. The young boy with the mulberry- birthmark on his face was playing by the fire and was never seen again afterwords. The other boys did not even mention the fact of the young boys death either; they thought that if they just ignored it, it wouldn't bother them. This mindset is what lead on to the boys even being capable of senseless, ruthless murder.
Person vs. Person:
Piggy is basically the most sensible and intelligent person among the group of boys. Piggy's annoying, whiny attitude is what makes the other boys not listen to Piggy's good suggestions. If the boys worked together like Piggy suggested, life on the island would have been easier.
"‘More wood! All of you get more wood!’
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 an immediate end and no one looked further" (Golding41).
"'We'll build a pile. Come on.'
They found the likeliest path down and began tugging at the dead wood. And the small boys who had reached the top came sliding too till everyone but Piggy was busy. Most of the wood was so rotten that when they pulled it broke up into a shower of fragments and woodlice and decay; but some trunks came out in one piece. The twins, Sam 'n' Eric, were the first to get a likely log but they could do nothing till Ralph, Jack, Simon, Roger and Maurice found room for a hand-hold. Then they inched the grotesque dead things up the rock and toppled it over on top. Each party of boys added a quota, less or more, and the pile grew. At the return Ralph found himself alone on a limb with Jack and they grinned at each other, sharing this burden. Once more, amid the breeze, the shouting, the slanting sunlight on the high mountain, was shed that glamor, that strange invisible light of friendship, adventure and content" (Golding 38-39).
"‘His specs - use them as burning glasses!’
‘Here -let me go!’ His voice rose to a shriek o terror as Jack snatches the glasses off his face" (Golding 40).
'‘Before I could kill it –but – next time!’
Jack slammed his knife into a trunk and looked round challengingly" (Golding 31).
"He lifted the shell on his knees and looked round the sun slashed faces" (Golding 31).
“Acres of black and yellow smoke rolled steadily towards the sea. At the sight of the flames and the irresistible course of the fire, the boys broke into a shrill, excited cheering. The flames, as though they were a kind of wild life, crept as a jaguar creeps on its belly towards a line of birch-like sapling that fledged an outcrop of the pink rock” (Golding 44).
Supporting the Theme
That little’ un-‘ gasped Piggy- ‘ Him with the mark on his face, I don’t see him. Where is he now?’
The crowd was as silent as silent as death.
“Him that talked about the snakes. He was down there-‘ A tree exploded in the fire like a bomb. Tall swatches of creepers rose for a moment into view, agonized, and went down again." ( Golding 46-47)
-"That little ‘un had a mark on his- face- where is- he now? I tell you I don’t see him?’
‘-where is he now?’
Ralph muttered the reply as if in shame." (Golding 47)
By Anieca, Dana, and Jack