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The Lord Of The Flies
Transcript of The Lord Of The Flies
Plot and Conflict
Themes & Symbols
Setting/Point of View
by William Golding
The Lord Of The Flies
“Conch! Conch! We don’t need the conch any more. We know who ought to say things." -Jack
The Beast/The Lord of the Flies
The Beast is a constant fear the boys have on the island "Lord of the Flies" is the literal meaning of the name Beelzebub, another name for the devil
"the prince of demons
The Lord of the Flies is the name given to the severed sow's head that Jack's tribe killed and impaled it's head to a stake as an offering to the Beast, the lord of the flies symbolizes the dark part of the human soul that causes people to kill and turn against one another.
Ralph is the novel's main protagonist
he is a 12 year old boy that is elected as chief after blowing the conch to bring the boys together. He is a natural leader and tries to keep the boys organized to be rescued.
"Whoever holds the conch gets to speak."
Sam and Eric:
Piggy is Ralph's close friend and adviser, he is an overweight intellectual boy with a sense of reason. His glasses are used constantly to make fire for the boys.
Simon is the 3rd protagonist in
the novel, he is a shy and good-nature boy he
kind towards the younger boys. He is the only
boy in the novel with a pure sense of morality
Jack is the novel's main antagonist, he becomes envious of Ralph and becomes leader of the hunters, as the novel progresses Jack becomes more violent, manipulative and brutal towards the boys
Roger is Jack's lieutenant he shows sadistic behavior towards the younger boys and eventually murders Piggy.
Sam and Eric are twin brothers who throughout most of the novel they stay close to Ralph's group but fall victim to Jack's manipulation and join his tribe.
Are the group of young boys that are under the age of 12. They're are easily manipulated, most of them join Jack's tribe
"I'm not going to be a part of Ralph's."
-Golding pg 127
The point of view throughout the novel is third person omniscient, the narrator knows what the boys are feeling and thinking.
"This is our island. It’s a good island. Until the grown-ups come to fetch us we’ll have fun."
A group of british schoolboys get stranded on a deserted tropical island after their plane crashes after trying to evacuate from an unknown war.
They find out that no adults survived the crash, just boys between the ages 6-12.
With Ralph elected as chief they try to organize themselves in order to get rescued, by making a signal fire. They split into two groups and make the second group hunters
However the boys neglect their duties and believe that a beast lurks on the island.
As the novel progress the boys become more violent and cruel
There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?” (Ch 8)
The boys are stranded on a tropical island located in the Pacific ocean the island itself is dense with a jungle and full of wild pigs, fruit and water. Ralph tells the boys that it's a good island.
The Beach is the first setting in the book, Ralph and Piggy meet up on the Beach at the beginning of the novel. The boys build their shelters on the beach. After the hunters left for castle rock, Ralph, Piggy and Simon still make the beach their headquarters for meetings
The mountain is the location the signal fire is located on it is surrounded by dense jungle that eventually burns down.
Castle Rock is where Jack's tribe dwell on after hunting pigs, this is where Jack is treated like a king
Conch: The Conch shell that the boys use to speak at meetings represents civilization and order, when the conch breaks towards the end of novel it symbolizes the fall of civilization.
Piggy's Glasses: Piggy's glasses are used throughout the
novel to make fire, it symbolizes the scientific part of civilization.
Signal fire: At the beginning the fire is used as a way
to get back to civilization but as the story progress the
fire is used to burn the entire island. It symbolizes the
gap between civilization and savagery
Ralph: Ralph Symbolizes Law and Order, Ralph tries to keep the boys organized with rules.
Jack: Jack symbolizes Savagery and Brutality
Piggy: Piggy symbolizes Reason and Science, he is the
smartest and logical boy on the island.
Simon: Simon symbolizes Natural good
Roger: Roger symbolizes Savagery and violence at its worst
Theme: The constant theme in the novel is Good vs Evil, Civilization vs. Savagery and