Thursday, 24 May 2012

Lord of the Flies Quarter Analysis (2/4)

Michael Feng
Lord of the Flies (2/4)
By William Golding


Skeletal plot
1- The kids adapted the life on the island
2- Jack starts to hunt Jack and the hunters left the fire and go hunt pigs
3- A ship came close to the island
4- The kids are scared of the “beastie”
5- Ralph, Jack and other older kids go find and hunt the beast

Person vs self: The conflict between person vs self is very important to the theme of this story. The author made the entire characters young boy because he wanted to show how human will act without the education of adults and without forced rules will.


The kids seem to be adapted to the life on the small island. Jack and the hunters are getting attracted by the feeling of hunt. They left the fire and went to hunt pigs, which let the ship passed away without sighting the signal fire. Ralph reprimands Jack’s action which displeased Jack. The relationship between Ralph and Jack is getting worth. Ralph blew the conch for a meeting to restate the situation on the island. However, there are few kids who said they saw “beastie” on the island. The meeting ended with chaos and fear, while Jack and his hunter are having fun somewhere else.


-Ralph: Ralph is the main character of the story. He is a round and static character. In this part of story, he is more responsible as a leader now. He reprimanded Jack’s action and told him to look after the fire, which didn’t get Jack’s attention because Jack was too engrossed in the feeling of killing.

-Piggy: Piggy is the first person that Ralph met on the island. He is a flat and static character. Ralph realized that Piggy is a person he can really trust.

-Jack: Jack is the other older boy on the island. He is a round and dynamic character. He is attracted by the feeling of killing (hunting). His relationship between Ralph is getting worth after Ralph reprimands his action. He doesn’t like Piggy because Piggy is too weak.

 Point of view 3rdperson/limited omniscient
The writer chose this point of view because he wants to show the thoughts of the kids by their actions. It is hard to write in first person view because kids act exactly the same with what they are thinking, and it is easier to express the feeling of the kids through their actions.

Notables on writer’s style and structure
 -Simile:“He abandoned the noiseless transparencies and pointed at the center of the spreading rings like a setter.” (Chapter 4)

-Imagery:“Toward noon, as the floods of light fell more nearly to the perpendicular, the stark colors of the morning were smoothed in pearl and opalescence; and the heat—as though the impending sun's height gave it momentum--became a blow that they ducked, running to the shade and lying there, perhaps even sleeping.” (Chapter 4)

-Unusual word: Littlun

- This quarter of the story is structured with the idea of human succumbed to their instincts. “"Bollocks to the rules! We're strong--we hunt! If there's a beast, we'll hunt it down! We'll close in and beat and beat and beat--!"” (Chapter 5)

- Yes, there are a lot of dialogues between the kids on the island. The author use dialogues to show

the mental changes of the kids.

- Breaking the rules
- Lost of hope
- Hunting
- Fear of unknown

This quarter is the turn point of the story. First, Jack is getting attracted by hunting. This foreshadows of how his personality will change in the future. Then, due to Jack’s departure of his job, the kids missed a chance that they could get out the island. Then, Ralph tried to restate the situation by calling a meeting, but it only made the situation worth. Many kids started to get afraid of the beast. It is the sign of fear of unknown, a feature that every human shares. This quarter is very important to the story, there are many foreshadows that tell what may happen later in the story.

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