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Chapter 10: The Shell and the Glasses

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Shannon Mulligan

on 7 May 2010

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Transcript of Chapter 10: The Shell and the Glasses

Quotes Characters Symbols Plot Questions Literary Devices Research Chapter 10: The Shell and the Glasses Ralph Piggy Samneric Roger Robert Stanley Maurice Jack the Hunters versus the Faithful few the Faithful Few the Hunters - the chief, the leader of the pack. Still spiteful of Ralph being leader; now that he has control, he wants to irradicate any chance of Ralph regaining reign over the boys. He warns the boys to guard against Ralph's group because they would spoil the boys' fun and of the beast (which was Simon) would try to crawl and sneak in again. - Jack's right hand man and becomes the most violent of the pack. He joins the boys at Castle Rock and when told of the irrational punishment to Wilfred, he finds joy. - the guard of castle and a friend of Roger's. He finds the irrational violence occuring at Castle Rock funny. - one of the boys at Castle Rock. When the beast is mentioned, he recalls what they did to Simon (vaguely), but then suggests that the beast disguised itself to suppress the possibilty of murdering one of the boys. - one of Jack's main hunters and went on the hunt to steal Piggy's glasses. - the official leader. He still believes in getting saved and he tries to keep everyone motivated, but now doubting himself after the murder of Simon. He tries to piece together the clues Simon left behind. - Ralph's dependable sidekick and the voice of reason. He is the most intelligent and holds Ralph together as well as tries to keep everyone else united. He tries to convince Ralph they were not responsible for the murder of Simon, but advises Ralph not to tell Samneric that Piggy and Ralph were in the circle. -the twins. Very close. Loyal to Ralph and Piggy. After the feast they do not remember the murder of Simon saying that they left early. They are the object of Roger's aggression as well as the other boys at Castle Rock for remaining in Ralph's pack. After returning from the feast, Ralph cannot get over the murder of Simon. He feel responsible, but Piggy tries to convince Ralph they had nothing to do with it and Ralph is still in charge since he still has the conch. Samneric are the only bigguns left in Ralph's pack and remember nothing of Simon's death except for the word "dance". The setting then switches to when Roger enters Castle Rock and Robert, the gate keeper, shows the rock with a log jammed in it at the gate as well as tells about Wilfred being tied up for hours without reason and about how Wilfred will be beaten. Roger finds joy in the thought of thoughtless violence and joins the boys at Castle Rock. Jack tells the boys of the hunt they are going on. The boys remaining are to guard the gate from Ralph as well as the beast. The boys shudder at the thought of the beast crawling back in as they vaguely remember the feast and then make an excuse of, "I expect the beast disguised itself," uttered by Stanely. The Castle Rock boys then realize that they need a fire. Jack, the chief, makes the decision to take it from "the others" and takes Roger and Maurice on the hunt for it. The setting switches back to Piggy and Ralph starting a fire with Piggy's glasses. Samneric begin to toil and lose faith in what they are doing on the island and Ralph tries to raise their spirts in vain. The boys were all too tired to get firewood so they let it go out for the night and remain in darkness dispite their fears. Ralph imagines getting rescued and returning back home; the other boys talk about being rescued as well. Ralph encourages Piggy to write a letter to his auntie to comfort him. Then all the boys hear rustling outside the huts. Piggy has an asthma attack then boys get attacked by Jack and his hunters. Ralph, Sam, and Eric share their stories of, "I gave one of 'em what for," then they realize Jack and his boys were not after the conch as they first expected, but Piggy's lone pair of glasses. The chapter ends with the image Jack making jabbing motions at the boys with a spear and the twirling of Piggy's glasses in his left hand. The Conch The symbol of leadership. The conch had a significant meaning in the beginning of the book by marking Ralph leader of the boys, but at the end of the book it is the sole reminder that Ralph is still leader. Piggy's Glasses The bread-winner. At first, it was just Piggy's way of seeing, but it soon became the only way the boys could make fire and became extremely important in this chapter when Jack and boys steal it to gain the advantage of fire. Fire Fire is the symbol of hope, survival, and comfort. At first, the fire was used as a signal for passing ships to find the island the boys were stranded on. Then when the pig population was utilized, it cooked the meat for the boys to enjoy, but in the end Ralph and his gang used it as a symbol of hope to get rescued as well as provide warm comfort from the dark as well as remind the boys of home. "We might get taken prisoner by the Reds." -page 162 -allusion to WWII's communist empire Russia "There was a bus crawling out of the bus station, a strange bus. . . ." -page 165 -metaphor- a nightmarish reminder of Simon "We might get taken prisoner by the Reds." -Ralph page 162 This is the boys refering to the Russian army in World War II. Even though the Communist and Britian were allies in the struggle against the axis powers, there was still competition between the two allied powers and were considered only slightly better than the enemies Britian was fighting. "Well-What is the good? -Sam This shows the degration of hope by the boys. Even though the lack of hope is only displayed by Samneric openly, it is felt by all that are in Ralph's group? "He ceased to work at his tooth and sat still, assimilating the possibilities of irresponsible authority." -page 160 This is quote describing Roger, but underlines the degration of civilized thinking in Jack and his hunters and also foreshadows of the future atrocities Roger will commit as Jack's right hand. "I expect the beast disguished itself." -Stanley page 161 Shows the denial of the horrid acts the boys took against Simon sayign that it was the beast disguished as Simon. This fortifies fact that the boys do not realize or want to believe the wrongs they are doing so they can continue to have fun and do as they please The " Reds" or the "Red Army" The Red Army was the Soviet government’s revolutionary militia beginning in the Russian Civil War. It grew into the national army of the USSR. Since February 25th, 1946, the Red Army has been called the Soviet Army. The "Red Army" name refers to the traditional color of the workers' movement. The color represents the blood shed by the working class in its struggling against capitalism, and the belief that all people are equal. 1. Where did Piggy claim Ralph and himself stood during the murder of Simon? Why is this important in reference with the denial of one's actions throughout the book?

2. Which littlun was tied up and was going to be beaten when Roger arrived to Castle Rock.

3. What change does Roger exhibit after hearing that there was not reason for Wilfred to be beat and how does this go along with the disintegration of civilation in the boys?

4. What have the hunters lost completely lost that had been important in the beginning of the book?

5. What is Roger shown that makes him say "He's a proper chief, isn't he?"

6. What is Stanley's denial response to what happened at the feast?

7. Why could Ralph dreaming of home be dangerous and how is it foreshadowing?

8. Why did Ralph tell Piggy to write a letter to his aunt?

9. What did Jack and his hunters take from Piggy? Why is it important and could they have taken something else of importance?

10. What could Piggy's loss mean for Ralph and his gang? Themes
-Loss of innocence
-Total savagry
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