Novel Summary Sheet ~Quartering the Text ~
Your name: Mariah Crow Quarter # 1
Novel Name: Lord of the Flies
Author’s last name: Golding
1. Skeletal plot (Point form only- keep this short but insightful):
1. – Ralph meets Piggy on the beach and finds the large pinkish conch shell.
2. –Piggy convinces Ralph to blow through the conch shell which would make a loud noise so the other boys on the island would hear and make there way to the beach where Piggy and Ralph were.
3. –Ralph, Jack, and Simon go exploring and find out that they are stranded on an island.
4. – The boys decide to make a fire to signal people that may pass by
5. –The fire becomes out of control which starts a large forest fire. In the frenzy they lose a boy from the group.
§ Conflict or “tension” eg person vs person, or (internal) person vs self; Is this important to the novel’s theme or purpose? Circle one and explain:
Explanation: The tension is between the whole group. The boys are unsure how to act with no parents around and dont always know how to go about a situation and they all have different ideas so often times it leads to arguments.
2. Setting (When & where does various parts of your novel take place-how are theses places important to the character or the theme of your work?):
The setting in the first quater takes place on a island which the boys are stranded on. This is important to the plot because it shows that the boys are stranded, with no food, adults, or the basic nescesities they may need.
3. Characters (Know your character types and why this is important to your novel! (Eg. Are they round/flat-why?/static/dynamic-why?) How many characters do you meet in this quarter or do you find more about their personalities? # 3 main characters
Throughout the first quarter you are introduced to 3 boys the most; Ralph, Piggy, and Jack. They are all very significant to the story but the three boys are also very different. Ralph for example is a round character. He takes control the best he can and usually has the best input for the group. Piggy however is the quietest of the group probably stemming from him being bullied throuout his life. Lastly Jack is the most controlling of the three even though he was not picked to be leader. He is not afraid to speak his mind which is beneficial but also could get the group in to some danger.
4. Point Of View~ Circle one!: 1st person 3rd person/limited omniscient or omniscient
§ Why do you think the writer chose this point of view to develop plot character or themes?
Throughout the first quarter the author wrote in 3rd person. I think Golding wrote in this POV because it allows you to see from more than one perspective. This is important in a story like this because the boys all respond differently to the situation and and you can see how they react and their opinion.
5.Notables on writer’s style and structure!
§ Are there similes or metaphors? Record a quote: “A tree exploded in the fire like a bomb.”
Is seems as Golding used many metaphors that were often stemmed back to war.
§ Visual or other imagery? Record a quote: "I was with him when he found the conch. I was with him before anyone else was.”
§ Is there unusual vocabulary or diction? Record a quote "Though he had taken off his school sweater and trailed it now from one hand, his grey shirt stuck to him and his hair was plastered to his forehead"
The first quarter was written very simply but still was very indepth and easy to visualize.
§ Is the novel structured with a particular idea? Record a quote or explain
I think he wrote the book keeping in mind that he wanted the story line to be grasped easily
§ Is there dialogue & is it realistic? Record a quote: “I was with him when he found the conch. I was with him before anyone else was.”
The dialogue in the book is almost constant and very realistic. The boys are often arguing.
6. Themes: Record words and topics related to themes contained and developed in your novel:
7. Personal Response to this quarter: what you thought or felt, related to, did not relate to; how universal is the experience that your protagonist goes through?
I find it difficult to relate to the first quarter. However, I can semi relate it my hiking trip to Mt. Albert Edward. When you are that far out in the middle of no where with no one but the people in your group you have to learn to get along with them and work as a team. I enjoyed the way the book is written. I find it very easy to follow and grasp.“I was with him when he found the conch. I was with him before