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Lord of the Flies (Chapter 12)
Transcript of Lord of the Flies (Chapter 12)
Chapter 12: Cry of the Hunters
By: Neal, Ben & Emad
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy” (225)
civilization vs. savagery
Shows how Ralph realizes how he will return to civilization and he is safe but not forever
Also realizes that the beast inside human beings will follow to civilization
“‘I should have thought,’ said the officer as he visualized the search before him, ‘I should have thought that a pack of British boys—you’re all British aren’t you?—would have been able to put up a better show than that—I mean—.’” (224)
officer’s response to finding out 2 boys were killed
officer is 'lecturing' boys
irony and civilization vs. savagery
ironic because the naval officer is also part of a world where violence goes side by side with civilization and order especially during the time when a war is ongoing
“‘We were together then—. The officer nodded helpfully. ‘I know. Jolly good show. Like the Coral Island.’” (224)
The Coral Island by R. M. Ballantyne
Lord Of the Flies was inspired by The Coral Island where children encounter evil whereas evil is within the children in LOF
In The Coral Island, children are shipwrecked and face evil of Polynesians and try to avoid cannibalism brought by the Polynesians, later returning home, older and wiser
Shows that the opposite occurred in this situation
“He saw a shelter burst into flames and the fire flapped at his right shoulder and there was the glitter of water.” (222) “We saw your smoke, what have you been doing? Having a war or something?” (223)
symbolism of fire
hope of being rescued
technology and how it threatens destruction if it gets out of control
a gauge to the boys connection to civilization
The boys stop using fire as a means of being rescued but instead use it to cook their kill and to kill Ralph which turns fire from being a civilization tool to a savagery tool; used to kill
“What did it mean? A stick sharpened at both ends. What was there in that?” (212)
shows Jack wants to get rid of Ralph
foreshadows that Jack wants to stick Ralph’s head into one end and stick it in the ground to show a sacrifice to the beast
same act as if they were hunting a pig
This image shows a drowning statue, this statue symbolizes Ralph. The stone of the statue represents the darkness in his life, he is becoming petrified by all of the things that haunt him. The water around the statue represents the darkness and savagery of Jack’s tribe. The statue is reaching up as if seeking redemption, reaching out for a hand to grab. Stone sinks, which signifies that Ralph is drowning amongst the savages because his darkness is keeping him from breaking free, leaving him stuck. It relates to the theme of the chapter because this chapter is about redemption, Ralph is saved from Jack’s band of savages which symbolizes the reaching hand of the statue.
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence”, This
quote shows that Ralph is petrified and turned to stone because of his darkness, this also shows Ralph’s inability to save himself. The water surrounding the statue is Jack’s band of savages, the deeper one descends into the ocean the darker it gets. The drowning signifies the attempt of Jack's tribe at murdering Ralph but at the same time signifies they are subconsciously influencing him to turn to his dark side to rebel against them.
The Stanford Prison Experiment
The chapter begins with Ralph tending to his wounds from his encounter with Jack's savages. He spends most of the day spying on their camp and hiding from them, wondering about how he could possibly evade their inevitable pursuit. As he travels through the woods, he encounters the Lord of the Flies. Mocked by the skull's stare and filled with rage from the death of his friends, he destroys it. Later, having returned to spy on Castle Rock, Ralph realizes that the tribe was distracted with their feast, and that Sam and Eric are now guarding the fort against him. He takes this opportunity to approach the twins and ask them about their plans and the current state of the tribe. Due to their former connection, Samneric divulge that Jack and Roger have become monsters and how they plan to hunt him tomorrow morning. They warn him of their signal call and their plan to sweep the island from one side to the other until he is found.
When Ralph asks about his fate once he has been captured, they cryptically say that Roger sharpened a stick at both ends. As another guard approached their conversation, Ralph ran into a thicket nearby to sleep. When he wakes, questioning the twins' cryptic reply, he overhears Jack and Roger questioning the twins. They unwillingly divulge his relative location, and after a few failed attempts at killing him with rocks, they decide to set the island on fire and smoke him out. A long chase ensues, through the flames and Ralph's panic, he runs in one last act of desperation to the beach; where the navy, having spotted the smoke, is waiting.
Page 224 to Page 225
"The officer turned back to Ralph...He turned away to give them time to pull themselves together; and waited, allowing his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance."
Through this chapter we can see how far the cast has fallen since the beginning of the book. All order has been lost, the conch smashed and Ralph the only living person who still retains his sense of civility. Jack's power complex, seen in the early stages of the book as a compulsion to lead, has lead him to become a control freak. This is why he takes the effort he does to kill Ralph, to make an example of him before the tribe. Ralph's fear and paranoia has taken control due to the recent circumstances. He bites his fingers until he bleeds, he speaks to himself, and he doesn't pay attention to his hygiene or his wounds, things he would panic about earlier.
Do you believe that Jack's thirst for blood would have been quenched if he was able to kill Ralph? Why?
Do you think Jack's men would have become civilized over time if the officer did not land on the island? Why?
Do you believe that the survivors would have been influenced by savagery if Ralph had lead the survivors until the end of the story instead of Jack? Why?
If Jack came upon a Littlun during his hunt, what would he do? Why?
Face paint gives savages a semblance of anonymity, which distances them from the reality of their actions. This makes it easier for them to commit their atrocities, because it’s harder for them to believe that they can be recognized and reprimanded for their actions. We can see this occur regularly in real life, especially on the internet, where perceived anonymity has lead to hate crimes.
What do you believe would have been the end result on the island if the officer did not land upon the island?
Imagine Dragons' song "Demons"
This song connects to the chapter because it is a song about being weakness,darkness and being hopeless, "Don't get to close its dark inside, Its where my demons hide, it's where my demons hide." This verse from the song relates very strongly to the chaper.
This connects to the character Jack from Lord of the Flies. He is given power and control of hunting in the beginning of the book. He abandons his responsibility of watching the fire to go hunting. All he wants to do is hunt. Moving along, Jack craves more power and wants Ralph overthrown. After he leaves Ralph's tribe and creates his own, most of Ralph's old tribe members join him. He turns Castle Rock into his own private fort and majority of the time goes hunting. In the end, Jack is bent on killing Ralph and uses his power to get his tribe to assist. This shows the authority of power and how power corrupts.