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The Role of the Littluns in Lord of the Flies
Transcript of The Role of the Littluns in Lord of the Flies
The way bigguns treat the littluns reflects their personalities, as well as revealing their morals, or in some cases a lack thereof.
The Lord of the Flies
is an allegory for society and humankind in general, revealing the evil and savagery that each man has within them. In this allegory, the littluns represent the general public. In the novel, Ralph and Jack rely on the approval of the littluns in order to remain in power. In this, Golding reveals to the reader how important the support of a society is to a leader, and the responsibility of said society to choose wisely.
While the darker actions of the novel, such as the murders of Simon and Piggy are caused mainly by the older boys, the littluns play a role as well, particuarly in Simon's death. The littluns savage and violent behaviour reveals that all humans have darkness inside them and the capacity to inflict harm, even a young age
The Role of the Littluns
The Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Role of the Littluns
characterization of the bigguns
support the themes of loss of innocence and savagery vs. civility
symbolize the general public and reveal the power and resposibility they hold
illustrates the darkness within everyone
“...Simon found the fruit they [the littluns] could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands.”
‘“You could get someone to dress up as a pig and then he could act -you know, pretend to knock me over and all that-”
“You want a real pig,” said Robert, still caressing his rump, because you’ve got to kill him.”
“Use a littlun,” said Jack, and everyone laughed.’
loss of innocence
importance of laws and rules at keeping savagery at bay
Loss of Innocence & Savagery vs Civility
"'Percival Wemys Madison, The Vicarage, Harcourt St. Anthony, Hants, telephone, telephone, tele-'"
But there was no more to come. Percival Wemys Madison sought in his head for an incantation that had faded clean away.”
“In his other life Maurice had received chastisement for filling a younger eye with sand. Now, though there was no parent to let fall a heavy hand, Maurice still felt the unease of wrong-doing.”
“Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law.”
"You voted me for chief. Now you do what I say."
(Ralph, page 87)
"'Who thinks Ralph oughtn't to be chief?'
He looked exoectantly at the boys ranged round, who had frozen. Under the palms there was deadly silence...
I'm not going to play any longer. Not with you.'"
(Jack, pages 139-140)
"The littluns started a ring on their own; and the complementary circles went round and round as though repetition would achieve safety of itself...The beast struggled forward, broke the ring and fell over...at once the crowd surged after it...leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore."
"...Simon's dead body moved out towards the open sea."