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Lord of the Flies - Mystery and Foreshadowing
Transcript of Lord of the Flies - Mystery and Foreshadowing
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Lord of the Flies - Mystery and Foreshadowing
Piggy's grim realism showed very early in the novel. Him stating that they might die on the island foreshadows that he will be logical in all of his ideas. This scene also foreshadows that Ralph will be the optimistic one, because he tries to dispel the pessimistic mood that Piggy set.
With that word the heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence” (11).
Lord of the Flies
- Mystery and Foreshadowing
by Zachary Liu
Lord of the Flies
was written by William Golding. It portrays the evilness inherent in mankind by showing how quickly even children can turn to evil. Throughout the novel, mystery and foreshadowing is very prevalent. The kids' dialogue and actions continuously reveal and foreshadow the change in morality that they are having. There is also an element of mystery in the novel, as the kids are constantly paranoid of the "beast". None of the kids seem to know what the beast is or whether or not there even is one.
… A storm of laughter arose and even the tiniest child joined in. For the moment the boys were a closed circuit of sympathy with Piggy outside: he went very pink, bowed his head and cleaned his glasses again” (21).
From the very beginning, Piggy was made fun of. This foreshadows that he will be continued to be made fun of. Eventually, all of the mockery led to his inevitable demise by Roger.
“Even the choir applauded, and the freckles on Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of . He started up, then changed his mind and sat down again while the air rang” (23).
This scene foreshadows the inevitable conflict between Ralph and Jack. Jack wasn't satisfied with the amount of power he was left with, especially after he was used to being leader in the choir. This leads to a struggle of power which eventually leads to the group splitting into two tribes.
“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.
This excerpt shows that Roger wants to break away from the rules of society. However, there is a very thin barrier holding him back. This foreshadows that he will eventually break through this barrier and do something terrible.
“Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that
"'He's not Fatty,' cried Ralph, 'his real name's Piggy!'
"'We may stay here till we die.'
Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old
Ralph was usually one of the logical, civilized kids of the group. However, this scene shows how some of the savagery of hunting is getting to him. It foreshadows that he will become savage like the others.
“'You want a real pig,' said Robert, still caressing his rump, 'because you've got to him.'
said Jack, and everybody laughed" (160).
'Use a littlun,'
The fact that they are joking about killing a littlun shows how far into savagery the kids have gotten. They have lost sight of the value of a life and casually joke about killing them. This foreshadows that the kids won't hesitate to kill in the future.
“’And what about the ?’ … ‘Where does the live?’ … ‘ my foot’” (117)!
Throughout the chapter, the kids were arguing about whether or not there was a beast and what kind of beast it was. They weren’t sure if it was some sort of big animal, or something supernatural (a ghost). Ralph, Piggy, and Simon discuss how adults wouldn’t worry about things such as ghosts. This builds up as a mystery.
“There was a sudden bright explosion and a corkscrew trail across the sky; then darkness again and stars. There was a speck above the island,
a figure dropping
swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs
This scene is that of a parachutist falling out of the sky and dying. This shows the destruction of not only the boy’s society on the island, but also the society of the outside world because of the ongoing war. This foreshadows that there is no hope for the boys to get off the island because of how badly things are going outside of their island.
something about a body on the hill
The killing of Simon leaves the fact that the kids themselves are the beast a mystery. Simon was the only one who figured this out and could stop them from killing themselves, and they killed him. Both the parachutist and this will remain a mystery because of their actions.
“The led them, trotting steadily, exulting in his achievement. He was a now in truth; and he made stabbing motions with his spear.
When Jack’s group steals Piggy’s glasses, it foreshadows that there is no hope for them to get off the island, as Jack’s group is full of savages. They won’t make the signal fire, as Ralph’s group was the only one still trying to build the fire and get off the island.
From his left hand dangled Piggy's broken glasses
“See? See? I meant that! There isn’t a tribe for you any more! The is gone—“ (256)
That’s what you’ll get!
After Piggy's death, Jack breaks the silence by shouting at Ralph. In this way, he justified what Roger did, showing that he broke through the barrier of society's rules as Roger did. This excerpt foreshadows that Jack is relentless and won't hesitate anymore when trying to kill Ralph.
“He walked slowly into the middle of the clearing and looked steadily at the
that gleamed as white as ever the had done and seemed to jeer at him cynically” (262).
In this scene, the skull stuck out to Ralph. It seemed to mock him and he compared its power to that of the conch shell. This is a mystery, because Ralph doesn't know what the skull is or how it got there, only that it's mesmerizing in its importance.