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lord of the flies

Summer Novel Assignments 2014 .

Jacinda Velazquez

on 25 June 2014

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Why is this novel considered a part of anti-war literature?
Throughout the novel the boys the idea that in a state of nature, humans will default to their inherent violent instincts. A chaotic and dangerous society will develop when no order, structure, or rules are in place. Lord of the Flies is an anti-war novel because it shows what can happen if we have wars and destroy society. Humans are violent animals and when placed in a state of nature, those instincts are to create chaos.
Describe the setting of this novel
They were on the lip of the circular hollow in the side of the mountain. This was filled with a blue flower, a rock plant of some sort, and the overflow hung down the vent and spilled lavishly among the canopy of the forest. The air was thick with butterflies, lifting, fluttering, and settling. Beyond the holloe was a square top of the mountain and soon they were standing on it."- Chapter 1
. The group of boys are on their way home when their plane crashes near a deserted island. There is no adult supervision therefore the boys are left to survive on their own. The story takes place during World War II, and they're leaving because of the threat of nuclear war.

Dramatic Situation in the beginning of the novel.
In chapter 1 , the readers discover that the planes are transporting the boys from Britain escaping Atom bombs and they got hit by one and the plane crashed
What causes the boy's terror?
In Chapter 2 the reader can easily pick up that there is a great amount of disaster on the second day. Ralph calls the boys for a meeting and lays down rules, the boys are excited because not only are there rules but when the rules are broken someone must be punished. Going on into the meeting Piggy discuss a young boys fear of this unseen beast, no body believes him however they agree to hunt for it anyways. After starting a fire and rudely burning Piggy's glasses he mentions the young boy is missing. This causes fear. What happen to the boy? What beast is amongst them?
The Importance of Colors
Color is used to symbolize the changes in the boys, in their relationships, and in the society on the island through the course of the story. The black color of the choir's robes is a foreshadowing of their following Jack into the roles of hunters and killers. Jack's red hair matches the color of the blood of those hunted and killed.
Example of
literary devices.

The boat shape of the island is an ancient symbol of civilization.
The island, and the way they live on it represents the world
The island, symbolizes isolation, and shows the faults of human nature.
The beast: inner destruction
The Signal Fire ; A sense of Hope
Ralph ; represents democracy
Jack : represents anarchy
Roger ; represents evil and is a bully
Piggy & Glasses ; represents knowledge and sensibility
Also when Ms. Nutty talks about the color pink a lot throughout the novel, the author was being repetitive and the color represents innocence.

What is Simon's role in the story?
- Doesn't fit in much with the others; an outcast
- When confronted by the Lord of the Flies, he maintains a poker face
- Simon is also some what of an allusion to a saint of some sort.
When first seeing Simon we realize he has series of medical melt downs. However he is mature, and insightful to the point of being prophetic. He's the only one (except Piggy) who understands the beas
Describe How Jack is able to overcome Ralph's control over the boys.
Jack uses the very basic human instinct to take control of the boys; "fear". the little children are afraid of the beast , and jack uses it, he scares them more, he pushes them around. so the kids feel like they need Jack to avoid the monster that they created in their minds. Not to mention Jack likes to follow his own rules and have fun which persuades the boys to follow him.
Explain the Evil on the island.

The evil within the boys has more effect on their existence as they spend more time on the island, isolated from the rest of society. The first sight of evil is in the beast represents the inner savagery of the boys and all mankind. The boys personify it by calling it a giant snake and mistaking a dead parachutist for it. Simon is the only boy who understands that they are all beasts inside. The Lord of the Flies , is the pig's head that Jack impales on a wooden stake in sacrifice to the beast. In one chapter Simon believes the Lord of the Flies to speak to him explaining the nature of evil. The Lord of the Flies is both a physical representation of "the beast", as well as a symbol for Satan himself. The evil on the island is the boys that are destroying themselves.
Why do critics claim this novel to be an allegorical fable?
An allegorical fable is a story told to represent another instance in time with several symbols and levels of association. An allegory is used to portray a moral or message.The novel portrays the malicious nature of mankind, through the use of symbolism. Lord of the Flies, shows the conflict between the rational/responsible and the irrational/irresponsible on the island.The main meaning of the novel would; to be the idea that man is inherently evil.
"...What would a beast eat?"
"We eat pig." (pg. 83) -This quote is ironic because they are just talking about the beast as if it's an animal. the beast is really inside the boys.
"I'm frightened. Of us. I want to go home. Oh God, I want to go home." (pg. 157)
This is Ralph talking to Piggy after they've all just murdered Simon and he's realizing the desperation of the situation.
Lord Of The Flies
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