LET’S CHAT ABOUT LORD OF THE FLIES

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Born or Created?

“The toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch. Jack started to protest but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph himself. 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. But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out; there was his size, and attractive appearance; and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch. The being that had blown that, had sat waiting for them on the platform with the delicate thing balanced on his knees, was set apart.”

Even if Ralph looked the part of a leader, It’s obvious Piggy had the smarts to be the most effective leader. He was Ralph’s right-hand boy and even helped Ralph work through his speeches and thought process. Jack is the type of leader who just enjoys being in charge and telling others what to do. I think this is the worst kind of leader.

Try, Try Again

“He snatched his knife out of the sheath and slammed it into a tree trunk. Next time there would be no mercy. He looked round fiercely, daring them to contradict.”

At the first opportunity, Jack is unable to kill a pig because subconsciously, he is unable to spill blood. I don’t know if it’s him being a perfectionist and feeling like a failure or if it’s him being embarrassed of not being able to complete the task associated with his new role of hunter and feeling like a failure. Now, in order to save face, he MUST kill a pig and show everyone else he’s a good hunter, which in turn will show he is also a good leader.

Free the Inner Me

“He looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger. He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.”

Jack’s war paint gives him permission to be his most primal self. In his mind, he has become another person, or is he just becoming his true self?

The Enemy of My Enemy

“There had grown up tacitly among the biguns the opinion that Piggy was an outsider, not only by accent, which did not matter, but by fat, and ass-mar, and specs, and a certain disinclination for manual labor.”

Jack and Ralph did not agree on the importance of keeping the fire going for passing ships, but they are both in sync of not being fond of Piggy. I think Jack was jealous of Piggy and Ralph’s relationship, and Jack fears Piggy is smarter than him. Ralph was used to being the cool kid and always being associated with other cool kids. As we know, Piggy is definitely not one of the cool kids.

Isn’t It Ironic?

“The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee; the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist. Piggy’s arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig’s after it has been killed. Then the sea breathed again in a long, slow sigh, the water boiled white and pink over the rock; and when it went, sucking back again, the body of Piggy was gone.”

Is it actually ironic that being obsessed with hunting pigs lead to the death of a boy named Piggy? I don’t know because I don’t know if I really understand irony…is that ironic?

Chaos Theory

“The breaking of the conch and the deaths of Piggy and Simon lay over the island like a vapor. These painted savages would go further and further. Then there was that indefinable connection between himself and Jack; who therefore would never let him alone; never.”

Human nature is taking the easy route. Think only of yourself and your own desires. Forget about what is good for others and the common good. Eliminate the people who stand in your way.

The 3-Second Rule

“Who’s the boss here?”
“I am,” said Ralph loudly.
“A little boy who wore the remains of an extraordinary black cap on his red hair and who carried the remains of a pair of spectacles at his waist, started forward, then changed his mind and stood still.”

As my boyfriend would say, “It took you more than 3 seconds to answer.” That means Jack knew he was not really the leader of the group, and it took the presence of an actual grown up to bring that realization.

Heart of Darkness

“And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”

Your Turn

So…who do you think should have been voted leader of the group? What do you think fueled Jack’s obsession with killing a pig? Is choir Jack or hunter Jack the real Jack? Do you understand irony? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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