• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

By the end of the first four chapters of William Goldings Lord of the Flies, the boys have changed a great deal since their arrival on the island. What do you consider the most important changes?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

By the end of the first four chapters of William Goldings Lord of the Flies, the boys have changed a great deal since their arrival on the island. What do you consider the most important changes? William Golding writes of a group of schoolboys placed on an island, to show how humans react without a figure of authority to determine whats right and whats wrong. The book chronicles the deterioration of order and how the boys' characters form and emerge from the group. The first four chapters are a period of introduction and development where we meet the characters and see how they fit into place in the formation of the islands' hierarchy. The first boy we meet is Ralph, who we immediately meet as the archetypal schoolboy. He is tall with fair hair and has the appearance of being physically fit. He is also described as "having a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil." The second boy we meet is Piggy, Piggy is short fat and wears glasses. He also seems to have a cockney accent suggesting that he and Ralph come from different social backgrounds. ...read more.

Middle

Within the group this means that the younger boys have someone to look up to and can now turn to when they need to find out what to do, progress can be made as the leader chooses people to do different jobs such as building shelter. The boys now settle into a routine. However in the second chapter we see the boys light a fire on top of the mountain, surely something not allowed at home. The fire rages out of control and then settles down to a small fire, could this be significant of things to come? During the second chapter we see the boys starting to fend for themselves and Jack, who is still in charge of the choir proclaims them to be hunters. Jack is turning into a hunter and trying to take the lead whilst Ralph quietly keeps control, with Piggy by his side, supporting his every word. He becomes a sort of parental figure always pointing out the downside to the boys' behaviour. He says about the fire, "My you've made a big heap!" He also urges the need for practical considerations, for example shelters after the cold they experienced without them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jack finally kills but enthusiasm over the kill is small because the boys are pre-occupied with the thought that they could've been rescued, Jack is annoyed at this and he punches Piggy, breaking the lens of one of his glasses. Jack has lost the urgency of rescue and is focusing on survival instead this is his natural instinct coming through as opposed to what society has taught him to do. The boys cook the pig they caught but Piggy is not given any because he didn't hunt. Simon feels guilty because he didn't hunt either and gave his meat to Piggy. This is evidence that Simon is kind and generous. By the end of chapter four the boy's efforts to replicate the order and structure of the society and the environment they have come from are disjointed and unproductive. Jack has become a hunter and his group of followers, savages. This is because they have no one to enforce the learning and rules of previous years. All the boys have changed a great deal and the most important reason for this is the lack of adult presence. Laura Eyles English coursework, lord of the flies ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Explore the various factors which contribute to the downfall of the boys society on ...

    3 star(s)

    dies with him. Jack is the complete opposite of Ralph, in that Jack lives for today, not tomorrow, and would rather have fun instead of being prepared to be rescued. Jack's emphasis on 'fun' leads to the majority of the boys forgetting their age, and even personal details.

  2. Analysing William Golding's Lord of the Flies

    But more importantly Piggy should've had the right to say something, after all he did have the conch - but they didn't care. Rules end up failing towards the end of the novel and the obvious culprit is Jack. He is the one who leads them into savagery.

  1. Lord of the Flies Coursework A consideration of the ways in which a sense ...

    And after a fight he picks on the weakest, the most vulnerable; Piggy. 'He took a step, and able to at last hit someone, stuck his fist into Piggy's stomach.' This is a very obvious portrayal of human nature, the fact that the strongest picks upon the weakest to show how big and endearing the stronger is.

  2. In Chapter 5 Ralph says ' Things are breaking up. I don't understand why'. ...

    Ralph said to Jack when he got back ' There was as ship, you let the fire out.' There was a strong chance that they may have been rescued then but down to Jack they ended up eating their first pig.

  1. Discuss how the relationship between Piggy and Ralph changes in the first four chapters. ...

    It wasn't particularly to save Piggy, but to gain the respect of Jack by hurting Piggy's feelings. This succeeded as Jack thought better of Ralph agreeing with him. He attempts to speak nicely to Piggy, letting him down slowly and gently by insisting he would simply be "no good on a job like this.'

  2. "Discuss William Golding's use of symbolism in 'Lord of the Flies'".

    Jack killed people that he thought were different, or he got people to kill them for him. Whether it was an accident or not, he was always to blame. Golding went to a public boys school, he knew how boys acted, he knew how different types of people would react in the situation he was creating them in.

  1. Comment on Golding's use of symbolism and imagery in "The Lord of the Flies"

    Ralph takes a while to come to terms with Piggy's death, and realises that Jack will hunt him down like a wild animal. He decides to hide near castle rock as he believes that it is unlikely they will look for them so near their camp.

  2. Lord of the Flies - What factors lead to the island community becoming increasingly ...

    when Piggy says that the pilots must have crashed, he looks towards the "scar" and asks "What happened to it? Where's it [the cockpit] got to now?". Piggy then explains that the tube must have been pulled out to sea by a storm, which happened before the novel.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work