Friday, May 17, 2013

Lord of the Flies Passage Analyses

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Katy Johansen said...

p.74-75
"We spread round .... Ralph watched them, envious and ressentful"

In this passage, Golding uses indirect characterization to foreshadow the boys possibly harming each other in the future. He says ambiguous things such as “Then Maurice pretended to be the pig and ran squealing into the center, and the hunters, circling still, pretended to beat him” which is both playful in the sense that they are only kidding with each other, but also dangerous because they are, after all, pretending to kill Maurice. Golding uses these devices to convey the boys really adapting to the island. They are beginning to kill animals, so who knows, maybe they will end up doing the same to each other.

Parker Cleathero said...

“Ralph stood……himself.” Pg 66 Chapter 4

In this passage Ralph and a few of the other boys notice smoke on the horizon, coming from a passing boat. Imagery is very prominent in this passage, Golding writes “The smoke was a tight little knot on the horizon.” This entire passage is very important towards the plot of the novel because it is the closest the boys have come to being rescued throughout the entire story. It is also very important because it shows the incompetence of the boys and how they are becoming much more primitive, straying away from their civilized routes. The reason why the boat doesn’t come and rescue them is because the hunters, lead by Jack, aren’t worried about tending the fire and are getting themselves ready to hunt and kill the pig. The boys are drawn by the primitive blood lust and success of catching the pig rather than keeping the smoke prominent on the mountain and ultimately preventing their rescue. As one can see Golding characterizes the boys in a multitude of ways in this passage and it shows how the lack of civilization and adult supervision can lead impressionable minds to resort to the most primitive of states, killers.

john weeks said...

“The fat boy stood by him, breathing hard…….He smeared the sweat from his cheeks and quickly adjusted the spectacles on his nose. Pg 9

Piggy has all of these defects to separate him from the rest of the crowd. Piggy is symbolized by being the odd kid and is separated from the others. Piggy has asthma; the other kids don’t have asthma. In addition to having asthma, he wears glasses; all of these character traits describe him as being the nerd. Piggy is also smarter than the others which also help the other children bully him. The other big children don’t listen to piggy as well so this is another reason why he is characterized as a nerd and very smart. William Golding does a great job of using characterization for Piggy by having him the average nerd kind of kid by giving him the features that the other nerds would have. In addition he separates Piggy from the rest of the kids by giving him features the rest of them don’t have.

Scott Albert said...

Page 33 “‘Tell us about the snake thing… ‘But there isn’t a beastie.’ “

In this scene one of the boys comes forward saying they saw a beast like thing at night in the woods. He is telling Ralph because he is scared, and being young Ralph understands how much of an imagination young kids can have. Because he understands this he tries to rationalize with the young boy and tell him why there can’t be a beast. There are many tools used in this passage. A major tool used is imagery. “A snake thing. Ever so big…” In simple terms the boy is telling the other boys how scary the “beastie” is. Also, the whole passage could be interoperated as foreshadowing. Will the boys look further into the issue of a beast? Will the beast (if its real) find them and torment them? I feel the combination of devices as well as the passage itself could be used to communicate how scared the children are as a whole. Not only are the young kids scared, but the older ones could be just as scared, but try to hide it for the younger boy’s sake. Also, I think the passage shows how new they are to the island. They have not been on it long enough to say definitively they are the only living things on the island other then pigs.

Scott Albert said...

Page 33 “‘Tell us about the snake thing… ‘But there isn’t a beastie.’ “

In this scene one of the boys comes forward saying they saw a beast like thing at night in the woods. He is telling Ralph because he is scared, and being young Ralph understands how much of an imagination young kids can have. Because he understands this he tries to rationalize with the young boy and tell him why there can’t be a beast. There are many tools used in this passage. A major tool used is imagery. “A snake thing. Ever so big…” In simple terms the boy is telling the other boys how scary the “beastie” is. Also, the whole passage could be interoperated as foreshadowing. Will the boys look further into the issue of a beast? Will the beast (if its real) find them and torment them? I feel the combination of devices as well as the passage itself could be used to communicate how scared the children are as a whole. Not only are the young kids scared, but the older ones could be just as scared, but try to hide it for the younger boy’s sake. Also, I think the passage shows how new they are to the island. They have not been on it long enough to say definitively they are the only living things on the island other then pigs.

The Great One Aka Jake Burgess. said...

Pg116
Once more Ralph……very creeper boys went screaming.


In this passage Ralph is navigating a path. The tools used to demonstrate this are imagery and theme. The paragraph around the passage is a block. The theme is the harder you try the harder it gets. The theme is showed through “lengthy traverses where one hand and foot could be used.” This just shows how hard it was to get places. Imagery is also used. The scene is described “to the bare rock by the water … and the dark luxurious jungle. The author uses these devices because they are good for imagining the scenes going on in your head. The devices were also used previously so, the author is familiar.

~Jake Burgess

Anonymous said...

Kyra Bryant

(pg. 25) “Better piggy than fatty……He went back to the platform.”

In the passage, it creates characterization for the readers to understand the roles difference between Piggy and Ralph. Piggy’s character is known to do as he is told, for example before being dismissed by Ralph, Piggy was given an order to take the names of the younger ones. Piggy has no choice but to follow orders because he knows the different social status he has against the leader Ralph. Meanwhile Ralph would not understand his situation because he is seen as an equal to the others on the island. It also characterizes Piggy as someone who cares about what others say to him, when Ralph responded by saying “Better Piggy than fatty” this concludes to Ralphs laid back behavior or someone who looks to the brighter side. Also in the beginning, Piggy had asked what Ralph’s name was, but Piggy had not introduced himself because Ralph had not seemed interested enough to ask. It could be understood that Ralph could be characterized as a leader, and someone who does not acknowledge those who spike little interest to him. The author, William Golding, had written this to indicate the differences between the two main characters. To layout the story, to the readers that these characters will behave and have different opinions on survival strategy.

Anonymous said...

Colin mello
Passage: PG.71 “this from Piggy…..at jack”


William Golding uses imagery and characterization to provide us with an understanding of Jack and Piggy during this dispute. An example of characterization and imagery is “he went on crouching and feeling over the rocks but Simon, who got there first, found them for him.” this helps us visualize what it looked like when Piggy was on the ground searching for his glasses which had been knocked off by Jack. This characterizes Simon as helpful and a good person because he saw that Piggy was struggling to find his glasses so he went and got them for him. Another example is “the bolting look came in to his blue eyes.” This shows us what Jack looks like when he is angry and is about to do something in the spur of the moment way. This characterizes him as someone who lives without thinking about the consequences. Those are a few ways William Golding uses Imagery and Characterization to provide us with an understanding of Jack and Piggy during this dispute.

Gianna Larson said...

Pg.114-115: “He was coming along the path….Use a littleun,”
This passage in LOTF shows a huge development of characterization shown in Jack, Ralph, and Piggy. Characterization is shown when Ralph starts to act out what happened to the pig he tried to capture and how he wounded it. Ralph starts to demonstrate what happened on Robert, who is one of the littleuns. This shows Ralph’s characterization by the longer he is trapped on the island; he is losing civilization and turning violent. “Ralph, carried away by a sudden thick excitement, grabbed Eric’s spear and jabbed at Robert with it.” It also shows Jack’s character development. “Jack had him by the hair and was brandishing his knife.” This shows that Jack was taking it more seriously than the others and getting more uncivilized the longer he spends on the island. He seems to be more uncivilized than the others when he says “Use a littleun.” Golding used this piece of characterization to show Jack wanting to emphasis that Jack liked the “game” and wants to play it more often. Golding also shows major characterization by not mentioning Piggy at all in that passage. What Golding did shows that Piggy is good, and nothing like the other uncivilized boys; he is unchanged from when he got on the island. After this passage happens, Golding goes onto a totally different topic showing that this event will come back and most likely occur again, except with maybe a “littleun” like Jack had suggested. Golding is trying to show the good vs. evil that is starting to occur as we get further into the book, through the indirect characterization hidden in between the lines. Based on the occurring events, Golding is trying to portray that the longer the boys are on the island the more violent and uncivilized they get.

Alexis Masse said...

"The silence in the forest...trodden ground at his feet"

In this passage,Golding uses different literary devices and settings to make his story more entertaining. By interpreting imagery while describing characters and settings of the island, Golding has made it easier to understand and imagine the exact descriptions of the story. “Jack himself shrank at this cry with a hiss of indrawn breath, and for a minute became less a hunter than a furtive thing, ape-like among the tangle of trees. Then the trail, the frustration, claimed him again and he searched the ground avidly.” Using similes like “ape-like”, Golding makes his characters seem more wild and savage like then the young school boys they actually are. Jack imagines himself almost as an animal when he realizes he is basically hunting for survival. Golding uses encounters like this to make his readers take a look into reality and realize that survival is something you must fight for.

-Alexis Masse

jasmine hathaway said...

On pages 74 and 75 “Slowly the silence on the mountain top…..walked off, down the mountain”

In Lord of the Flies, William Golding imagery, personification, and characterization to prove there is a lot more details in this story. William writes “Slowly the silence on the mountain-top deepened till the click of the fire and the soft hiss of roasting meat could be heard”. This show that the kids around the fire are feeling awkward about being in the presence of Ralph and Jack when their leader is in a bad mood because Jack messed up their chance to get off the island they are on now. Golding wrote “Then at last Maurice broke the silence. He changed the subject to the only thing that could bring the majority of them together”. It is not possible to break air and this shows that not all of the kids want to take sides between the two and just want everyone to get along. He also wrote “Ralph watched them, envious and resentful”. This shows that Ralph is envious that they are adapting to the life on the island because all he wants is to go home. This is very important to understand to be able to feel like you are on the island with them.

Anonymous said...

“Slowly the silence…nothing” Page 74
In this scene William Golding is describing how quiet everyone is around the fire. The scene is in 3rd person, and in third person the narrator knows everything. They even know what they are thinking. This camp fire is the night of when Jack and the hunters caught the pig for the first time. In this passage, there is mood and characterization. The mood is joy; it is joy because everyone is happy that they have real food to eat for the first time on the island. Even Ralph is content; he had “his hands full of meat, saying nothing.” Golding also uses characterization. He characterizes Jack, he does this indirectly. Jack is looking around for “understanding but found only respect.” This here means that Jack was looking around the fire to see if anyone would give him respect on catching the pig, but instead he found all of the boys respecting him. Since he thinks all of the boys are respecting him, Jack now wants to be more of a leader, rather than just being a hunter. Golding uses both of these devices to convey what the two main characters were thinking, Ralph and Jack. Ralph is thinking that it is good for everybody to get food in their stomach and to not just eat coconuts and plants. On the other hand, Jack is thinking something different. He thinks that he will be the leader soon, and be the new conch holder. In conclusion, William Golding uses characterization and mood in this passage to convey the thoughts of Ralph and Jack in the book Lord of the Flies.
-Alex Carignan

Anonymous said...

(Pg.13) “Aren’t you going to swim?” ……....” Soon as he can”

Golding created Piggy to be a kid with many problems. Piggy has asthma, bad eye sight and in this paragraph the audience learns that piggy can’t swim mostly because of him asthma.”I can’t swim. I wasn’t allowed. My asthma-” Golding made Piggy have many flaws, later on we learn Piggy is very smart but no one listens to him because of those flaws. I think Golding wrote the book like that because he wants to show people you shouldn’t judge someone by their look, for all you know they could be the reason why you get off the island.


-Lacey Bandecchi

Lizzie Hanson said...

Lizzie Hanson
May 17, 2013
Block G

Page 22-23, “This toy of voting…. eager to offer something.”
All of the boys on the island thought about having a chief, or one of the boys to be in charge of the boys and the meeting and the conch. The conflict of this process shows the boys and their different thoughts. This passage also shows characterization towards Jack and Ralph, the two boys who offered to be chief. Some the boys thought the chief would be Jack because it was a no brainer, “Jack started the protest but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph. None of the boys could have found good reason for this; what intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy, while the most obvious leader was Jack.” Some of the boys thought the chief would be jack “There was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerful, there was the conch.” After the boys had raised their hands to vote who would be the chief, Jack was voted out. Ralph being chief made him responsible and made him in charge of the conch shell and when the meeting were. They decided to have this vote because there was too much collaboration with the conch and who would have it and when and also they wanted someone who would be able to get the boys off the island soon and Ralph was chosen.

emily eberle said...

“The reef enclosed… ‘that’s where we landed.’” (29)
In this passage, William Golding uses similes to compare the coral reef with a chalk drawing. He uses similes to describe what the coral reef looks like. He describes the reef by saying, “The coral was scribbled in the sea as though a giant had bent down to reproduce the shape of the island in a flowing chalk line but tired before he had finished.” This gives a reader an idea that the reef is not even, and it looks like someone drew it but didn’t finish.

Kasara said...

“’There ain’t nothing we can do. We ought to be more careful. I’m scared-‘ Jack dragged his eyes away from the fire. ‘You’re always scared. Yah Fatty!’ ‘I got the conch,’ Piggy said bleakly… older boys changed his mind.”
Subject matter? : Piggy, order, solution to being stuck on the island
What? : Characterization, Imagery, and Theme
How? : The passage characterizes Piggy as intelligent and alienated. “’There ain’t nothing we can do. We ought to be more careful. I’m scared-‘Jack dragged his eyes away from the fire. ‘You’re always scared. Yah Fatty!’” The evidence from the passage shows how Piggy was alienated. “’ The first thing we ought to have made was shelters down there by the beach. It wasn’t half cold down there at night.” Piggy’s idea was far more intelligent than the boys actions, The evidence being proof of his superior intelligence.
The Imagery, “A pall stretched for miles away from the island,” describes how the area away from the island is covered making it appear as dark and gloomy.
The whole passage is about the theme. The characters struggle to find a solution to being stuck on the island.
Why: Because Piggy was able to come up with the idea of shelter, putting their survival above getting off of the island he has demonstrated his intelligence.
The Imagery is short although definitely accurate. It creates the image of a pall.
The theme is about the children being stuck on the island and the passage highlights it.

Claudia said...

On pages 67 to the top of 69 “The fire was dead…across the blackened wood and ashes.”
In this passage of Lord of the Flies, Golding describes the scene where Ralph sees a boat but the fire is out (because Jack and his hunters went to hunt) and the boat does not notice them. In this passage there is characterization, character foils, and repetition. Jack gets characterized as careless and indifferent. From Ralph’s point of view, Jack let one of his most important jobs, one that could get them off the island, go out. From Jacks perspective, he wanted to hunt down the pig , for meat yes, but also so that he could prove himself, also characterizes him as someone who needs to assert himself. This creates conflict between him and Ralph. Ralph was angry that Jack just blew one of their only chances to get home and Jack angry because Ralph doesn’t care about the great achievement he accomplished. Throughout this passage Ralph repeats things like ”’You let the fire go out.’” Showing his extreme aggravation

tyreque cabrera said...

Tyreque Cabrera:

“We closed in….throat” (chapter 4 pg 75). After the hunters on the island have killed their first pig, they’re filled with joy and excitement. The boys sit around the fire and begin to act out and retell the story of how they killed the pig. In this passage Golding uses imagery and mood to give the reader a better idea of what is happening in the story. Golding uses horrific detail for the killing of the pig “the first blow had paralyzed its hind quarters.” The author then goes into detail about the hunters excitement about the kill “All the boys were talking at once, relieved and excited.” Golding uses these devices to show the reader just how violent the process of killing the pig was, but yet the hunters were ecstatic about the kill. Some of the boys on the island are starting to except the fact that they’re there and doing the best to survive.

Sam Rodier said...

Sam Rodier
Pg .78 Once more that evening…….the conch to his lips.

The passage explains a deeper understanding for the laws that the conch entails to promote. Ralph knows that piggy would be a better leader because he is “the brains” of the kids. But he is “the specialist” he has the power. So he takes the conch from the tree and views the shell to find a more specific reason for the kids extensive love and devotion to the shell. As William Golding describes in through imagery “bleached the yellow and pink to the near-white, and transparency” showing the gentle shell and how Ralph is even taken by the shells quality. He also knows at the end of the day its only a shell he found on the lagoon.


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