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D Sound of the Shell
Transcript of D Sound of the Shell
The Sound of the Shell
Lord of the Flies Movie
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Tall and skinny
Dependent on adults
Closely tied to civilization
Looks of a leader
Still very innocent and childlike
Believes in democracy
Piggy and Ralph met after the accident and established that there were no grown-ups. Piggy wanted to gather the rest of the boys and told Ralph that the only name he did n’t want to be called was 'Piggy'. They found a conch in the lagoon and Ralph blew it, which brought the rest of the boys to them. Ralph told everyone about the name 'Piggy', which made them all laugh. As Jack was about to announce that he’d be chief, Roger said they should vote, where Ralph won. Ralph gave Jack the responsibility of being in charge of the hunters. Ralph decided that Jack and Simon would go with him to explore, even though Piggy wanted to. He revealed that he was upset and embarrassed about Ralph exposing him. As they bonded while playing together, they climbed large rocks at the side of a mountain and confirmed they’re on an island. On their way back, Jack caught a pig but was unable to kill it. He made a vow to himself that next time he’ll kill it for sure.
Sometime during the nuclear war
Deserted, boat-shaped island
Rocks, cliffs, treetops, and a steep slope on either side of the island
Thick jungle with tall palm trees
Thin shore covered in a beach, with a lagoon where the boys met
Large rocks that create high hills towards steep mountains
'Scar' created by their crash
Fun, adventurous, excited
Most of the boys are not scared or sad, except some of the littluns
The chapter title, 'The Sound of the Shell', signifies that the shell calls all the boys together for an assembly. The conch shell itself symbolizes civilization and order.
Piggy represents adults and authority. He is the strongest voice of civilization.
“-a conch; ever so expensive. I bet if you wanted to buy one, you’d have to pay pounds and pounds…” (Golding 11-12)
“He was shorter than the fair boy and very fat.” (Golding 1-2) This quotation shows that Piggy comes from a rich and wealthy family and he is sheltered.
Piggy keeps on repeating to Ralph to be careful with handling the conch.
“Careful! You’ll break it-” (Golding 11) This quotation signifies the importance of the conch and it can easily be broken. It foreshadows that if the shell does break, civilization will be lost and it will result in a failed government without any order or foundation of set rules.
“Then the creature stepped from mirage on to clear sand, and they saw that the darkness was not all shadow but mostly clothing” (Golding 15-16). This passage foreshadows that the boys will descend into savagery later in the course of the novel.
“There came a pause, a hiatus, the continued flash at the end of a bony arm. The pause was only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be.” (Golding 29) In this quotation the boys do not understand what is coming next at them. It foreshadows the following actions and reactions of the boys and what is happening on the island.
“None of the boys could have found good reason for this; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy, while the most obvious leader was Jack. But there was stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out there was his size, and attractive appearance, and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch.”(Golding 19) This quotation displays this theme, because it identifies Jack’s character as a leader, and how his characteristics and personality makes him dignified as the position of a leader. Yet Ralph was elected as chief because his appearance fit the position of power because he has the looks of a leader.
“Then the creature stepped from mirage on the clear sand, and they saw the darkness was not all shadow but mostly clothing.” (Golding 15-16) In this passage the boys view the choir as a creature, but it was a group of boys dressed in black robes, almost just like themselves. It also shows the boys fear and how they perceive reality through a distorted perception. It also signifies that things are not always what they seem-especially what is on the island.
“…Triumphant, they savored the right of domination. They were lifted up: were friends.” (Golding 28) In this quotation, it displays the theme of power; it signifies the relationship between all the boys. It also showcases the teamwork skills the boys are capable of having when they work together as a unit. It shows a positive energy of power, that they can achieve greater things when they are working together rather than against each other.
“ ‘I ought to be chief,’ ” said Jack with simple arrogance, ‘because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.” (Golding 19) In this passage we witness the theme of power and how the character Jack, hunger for that power. He shows that he wants to be in that position of the highest form of power, to have control of everyone and everything on the island. He believes in dictatorship-one government or leadership.
1. Who do you think should've been leader from the start? Ralph, Jack or Piggy?
2. What assignment does Ralph give Piggy instead of allowing him to join the exploration expedition? Why?
4. How does Ralph first react to Piggy? Why does he react this way?
He ignores him. Piggy's annoying and following him; he won't stop talking.
5. What do Piggy and Ralph find in the water? How do they feel about it? Whose dea is it to use it to call the others?
They found the conch. They can blow into it and call the others. Piggy came up with the idea to blow it even though Ralph saw it first.
6. Why does Ralph tell the children Piggy’s name after he asked him not to?
He was trying to defend him; he also didnt know his real name.
7. What are all of the boys expecting when they answer the
call of the shell?
A man with a trumpet.
8. Describe Jack and the way he leads the choir. Why does he think he should be the leader?
He orders them like a military,he's controlling and intimidating.He is listened to all the time.
9. Why is Ralph elected leader and not Piggy?
He had the conch; no one cares about Piggy. Nobody nominated him.
10. Would it make more sense for Jack, Ralph and Piggy to lead together? Why or why not?
Yes,because they are all good at different things.
No, because three leaders wouldn't agree very often.
1. What is Ralph’s first reaction to the island? Why do you think he reacts this way?
Ralph was happy because of no adults,confident that his dad would save him,liked freedom
2. Where were all of the children going? How did they end up on the island?
They were leaving boarding schools, being evacuated because of war, traveled by airplane
3. What is the “scar”? Why do you think Golding decided to use this word to describe it?
The scar = the plane knocking down trees, the island was a character, Golding used this to make the island seem more human.
11. Why don’t Ralph, Jack, and Simon let Piggy go with them to explore the island?
They said three was enough. You can talk over Simon, but Piggy wouldnt be quiet.
12. What do the boys do as they travel up the mountain?
They talked, laughed, broke stuff, wrestled, pushed a rock off the island. They claimed their territory at the top of the mountain.
13. How does Jack react to the piglet? Why? What will he do the next time?
He's scared of the blood. He's never killed anything, but he said he'll kill it next time.
14. How are the boys feeling at the end of this chapter?
Triumphant, relaxed, They think nobodys coming for them.