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Transcript of Castle Rock
Jack's tribe- Ralph is afraid of Jack's tribe because of their masks and paint. With the masks and paint, the boys have no identities. In the story, Golding describes the painted faces with dark, mysterious imagery. "'But they'll be painted! You know how it is.'.....'Well, we won't be painted,' said Ralph,'because we aren't savages.'" (page 172)
Early in the chapter, Ralph, Sam, Eric, and Piggy decide not to tie back their hair, thinking it would make them less tough. However, when they arrive at Castle Rock, every member of Jack's tribe had his hair tied back. "'We could find some stuff,' said Piggy, 'and tie your hair back.' 'Like a girl!'" (page 172)
This chapter is the height of the conflict, where all of the tension that has been building since Ralph and Jack met is released. It is the chapter where Ralph and Jack finally face off and become enemies. In fact, Jack even tries to kill Ralph.
" Jack, knowing this was the crisis, charged too.They met with a jolt and bounced apart. Jack swung with his fist at Ralph and caught him on the ear. Ralph hit Jack in the stomach and made him grunt. Then they were facing each other again, panting and furious, but unnerved by wach other's ferocity." (179)
There is also an inner struggle taking place. The savagery and the logic within Ralph's mind are constantly contradicting each other. He is struggling to remember the fire and his old life.
Blindness and Sight:
In this chapter, Piggy cannot see anything and has to completely rely upon Ralph, whereas previously, Piggy was the one guiding Ralph.
"He tried to remember...At last Piggy spoke, kindly. 'Course we have. Cos the smoke's a signal and we can't be rescued if we cant have smoke.'" (page 173)
The need for civilization
When Ralph and his 'tribe' plan to meet Jack's tribe, they want to revert to societies expectations by cleaning themselves and combing their hair.They may have felt that it would make the savages take them seriously. In reality, doing these things wouldn't have changed anything.
"Supposing we go, looking like we used to, washed and hair brushed-after all we aren't savages really and being rescued isn't a game-" (170)
Also, the twins finally begin to see Ralph and understand the war raging inside of him.
"The twins were examining Ralph curiously, as though they were seeing him for the first time." (page 173)
Loss of Identity
Piggy-In this chapter, Piggy loses his glasses and whatever dignity he was clinging on to when he has to have the twins use their spears to lead him.
Ralph- In the very beginning of the chapter, Ralph completely forgets the necessity behind the fire, which used to be his top priority. In forgetting that, he began to forget that which mattered most to him.
The loss of Piggy's glasses symbolizes logic being put into the hands of those who would use it for the wrong reason.
The savages' hair pulled back symbolizes the deeply ingrained need to be civilized and present a clean figure. Somewhere inside, the savages still want to be civilized
The breaking of the conch shell symbolizes the destruction of any and all order left on the island.
"Freed by the paint, they had their hair tied back and were more comfortable than he was." (page 175)
"...the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist." (page 181)
Roger- In the beginning of the story, Roger was throwing rocks to miss, but eventually, he reaches the point where he uses a rock to kill. The rules that had restrained him previously finally lost their grip on Roger and it resulted in the death of Piggy.
"Roger took up a small stone and flung it between the twins, aiming to miss." (page 175)
Piggy- Piggy goes from being easily intimidated to going so far as to stand up to Jack. In this chapter, Piggy loses his timidity and becomes brave. Up until his death, Piggy tries to stay true to his logic and continues to praise and esteem Ralph.
"Look, I'm goin' to say, you're stronger than I am and you haven't got asthma. You can see, Im goin' to say, and with both eyes.But I don't ask for my glasses back, not as a favor. I don't ask you to be a sport, I'll say, not because you're strong, but because what's right's right. Give me my glasses, I'm going to say--you got to!" (page 171)
Ralph- With Piggy's death, Ralph begins to lose some of the logic that he had relied so much upon. Also, with the conch breaking, Ralph lost his leadership and innocence. He begins to truly give in to anger and instincts. Not into savagery, but he depends upon his "fight or flight" instincts.
Character Development (Cont.)
"Ralph turned and ran. A great noise as of sea gulls rose behind him. He obeyed an instinct that he did not know he possessed and swerved over the open space so that the spears went wide." (181)
"'They've got our fire.' Rage shrilled his voice. 'They stole it!'"(169)
Jack- Desperation takes a hold of Jack when his leadership is
questioned by Ralph. All but three boys on the island remained unfaithful to him, and yet he still felt threatened by Ralph.
"The twins lay hidden behind the tribe and the anonymous devils' faces swarmed across the neck." (181)
"'See? See? That's what you'll get! I mean that! There isn't a tribe for you any more!
The conch is gone--' He ran forward, stooping. 'I'm chief!' (181)
"They said little but trailed the butt of their wooden spears; for Piggy had found that, by looking down and shielding his tired sight from the sun, he could just see these moving along the sand." (173)
R I P
1. Who "protested out of the heart of civilization?" Samneric (178)
2. Who killed Piggy? Roger (180)
3. How did Piggy die? He was hit by a rock (181)
Who Said it?
4. "After all we aren't savages really, and being rescued isn't a game."
5. "Well, we won't be painted, because we aren't savages." Ralph (172)
6. You're a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!" Ralph (179)
7. "See? See? That's what you'll get! I meant that ! There isn't a tribe your you anymore! The conch is gone-" Jack (181)
8. "Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up?"
1. Why do Ralph, Piggy and Samneric venture to Castle Rock?
To get Piggy's glasses back.
2. What do they take with them as a symbol of their authority?
3.What happens to Piggy and the conch?
Piggy is killed and the conch got shattered.
4. What happens to Samneric during the confrontation?
They are taken as prisoners.
5. Why does Ralph run away?
He fears he will be killed too.
6. What symbols does Golding use to show that civilization has been destroyed on the island?
Piggy and the conch