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Lord of The Flies
Transcript of Lord of The Flies
Jack - Quotes
Innocence to Experience Spectrum
Ralph, unlike the other children is thrown into the shoes of a leader from the beginning.
He does not fall to savagery like Jack, nor does he remain ignorant like Piggy.
This makes him fall into the middle of the spectrum.
As a leader he cannot remain innocent, as he is responsible for the others.
However he still retains his humanity and knows good from bad.
This puts him in a unique position.
Lord Of the Flies -
Innocence To Experience
Throughout the novel there are different characters, each who respond to their situation in different manners.
The three characters that best represent the spectrum are Piggy, Ralph, and Jack.
Like the rest of the boys, Jack begins as an innocent kid but out of all survivors he matures the fastest landing him a the top of the spectrum.
Jack is intent on surviving on the island and is willing to do anything to get food such as hunting the pigs that live on the island.
Jack's temper and differences with Ralph cause a divide amongst the kids, Jack leads a group of kids called the hunters who turn into savages.
Piggy remains "innocent" throughout the novel placing him at the bottom of the spectrum
He is the logical one who follows the leader, who is Ralph.
Compared to others, he is naive because he believes that whoever holds the conch has authority.
“His voice rose to a shriek of terror as jack snatched the glasses off his face. ‘Mind out! Give ‘em back! I can hardly see! You’ll break the conch!’" (Golding 40)
"I got the conch... I got a right to speak." (Golding 44)
“The three boys rushed forward and Jack drew his knife again with a flourish. He raised his arm in the air. There came a pause, a hiatus the pig continued to scream and the creepers to jerk, and the blade continued to flash at the end of a bony arm. The pause was only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be. Then the piglet tore loose from the creepers and scurried into the undergrowth. They were left looking at each other and the place of terror. Jack's face was white under the freckles. He noticed that he still held the knife aloft and brought his arm down replacing the blade in the sheath. Then they all three laughed ashamedly and began to climb back to the track. “ (Golding 28)
This quote shows that Jack is still afraid to kill another being and remains innocent
Ralph begins his time on the island just like the other children.
“Forced at last to believe in the reality of the island, laughed delightedly” (Golding 5)
Ralph's perspective of the island is like that of any other kid. It is nothing but another adventure.
Ralph's time as leader changes his perspective.
"Suddenly pacing by the water, he was overcome with astonishment. He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life… remembering that first enthusiastic exploration as if it were part of brighter childhood” (Golding 81)
Thus through his experience as leader, Ralph leaves his childish side behind.
The Mature Ralph
Despite being the leader, Ralph does not fall to savage ways to survive.
He still retains some innocence unlike the hunters.
His refusal to behave like the hunters results in his decline.
Piggy is still afraid of anyone who is superior
"He was intimidated by the uniform superiority and the offhand authority in Merridew's voice." (Golding 17)
While on the island, he still tries to implicate the rules that were set by adults from cadets and from his family.
"I can't swim. I wasn't allowed." (Golding 8)
"Viciously, with full intention, he hurled his spear at Ralph. The point tore the skin and flesh over Ralph's ribs, then sheared off and fell in the water. Ralph stumbled, feeling not pain but panic, and the tribe, screaming now like the chief, began to advance ." (Golding 201)
This shows that Jack has forgot about his innocence and abandoned civilization, since he has already killed another boy and pigs, he leads his savages on a hunt to kill Ralph
Piggy remains innocent from start to the very end.
He can also be seen as the only one who stays "civilized"
Innocence to Experience
Through observing the characters it is clear that maturing too quickly, or slowly has impacts
Piggy who sticks to his old habits, remains ignorant.
When a person remains ignorant they are oblivious to whats going on around them.
As a result Piggy is picked on for being too soft and eventually slaughtered like a pig to make bacon.
Jack represents the consequence of growing up too fast.
His role as a hunter makes him more tough, and violent.
As a result he spins out of control and the power goes to his head.
The Path to Maturity
Humans are all born innocent.
We are born as harmless creatures who know nothing of the world we are tossed into.
The various experiences that we have throughout life reveals the path to maturity.
However losing one's innocence too fast, or remaining innocent can have negative impacts.
This can be observed in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
Remaining in Ignorance
The children on the island all mature and adapt at different rates.
The "littluns" and Piggy are perfect examples of those who remain in ignorance.
When people are too innocent, and bow to power without thinking, they establish themselves as weak.
Piggy, and the littluns have no real say when it comes to the final decision because of their innocence.
Their ideas may be rational, but they have no value to the ones who seek action.
The consequence of the innocents is that they are often oppressed by those superior to them.
Maturing Too Fast
Everyone matures at a different pace but what is the acceptable rate at which to grow up?
Maturity, to an extent, defines us.
Similar to the Id, Ego, and Super Ego, there are "elements" that shapes the way we handle various situations.
When a child is introduced to extreme situations such as survival, murder and hunting, they lose their innocence.
Jack quickly adapts to hunting and survival and this attracts the other kids, giving him power over them.
The power goes to Jack's head and he makes irrational decisions such as murdering those who oppose him.
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