• 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

    Compare and contrast Defoe's Robinson Crusoe with Golding's Lord of the Flies.

    4 star(s)

    that the impression of civilisation disappears and chaos reigns as they overthrow the person in control and all the order that goes with it. By contrast, Robinson Crusoe is similar in outlook to The Swiss Family Robinson (Johann Wyss) in that both retain an optimistic outlook even after they have been shipwrecked on the island.

  2. How do the boys organise themselves in chapters 1 & 2 of "Lord of ...

    When Piggy appears on the scene Jack promptly snatches his glasses and uses them as burning glasses to light the fire. Jack and Piggy do not get on this has been established much earlier in the chapter and the tension only grows when Piggy tries to inform them that the

  1. Compare how the authors present and use the concept of the island setting in ...

    The language used to describe the killings show how the characters feel about the acts. We can see characters who think they act similarly as they had before their time on the island. Jack for instance wants to be leader from the start because "I was head boy, I can sing C sharp".

  2. Extracts from Piggy's Diary.

    I had no idea what was going on. When I finally saw the ship I could not see any of our smoke. Ralph again was clinging onto a childish hope that "they'll see our smoke". But he was being too optimistic.

  1. The Conch - "Lord of the Flies"In William Golding's novel "Lord of the Flies" ...

    However, this sort of speech conveys the idea that Piggy was thinking while he was speaking. The third passage contains mostly simple and complex sentences. The writing style here gives the feeling of desperation and loss of hope. The reader feels how Ralph feels and understands what he understands about the "loss of innocence."

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

    At one point things were going well and most things were well organised. There was toilet system worked out so there was not mess all over the island and water was being stored in coconut shells in the shade so hat it would be cool and fresh.

  1. Show how Ralph and Jack have changed considerably in chapter one. And how events ...

    The atmosphere has changed here forever for the worst. The boys will always have fear in the night. Ralph really tries to convince everyone that there is no beast; he does this because he knows his duty is to be responsible for the children.

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

    This is the first symbolism of the descent into savagery - the uniform represents civilisation and order. The language used suggests that Ralph has no use of the uniform any more and is getting rid of the pressure to behave in a civilised manner.

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