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Ch. 4 As night creeps over the island, the younger children huddle together to calm and protect one another

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Heather Grabin Character: Piggy Theme: Need for social order Symbols: Conch Shell Fire A.) Ch. 4 * As night creeps over the island, the younger children huddle together to calm and protect one another; the menacing darkness causes their fears to grow. * The little ones come when the conch is blown, but otherwise they do not bother the older boys. * Unfortunately, some of the older ones torment the children. Some of the boys, led by Jack, destroy their sandcastle, and Roger throws stones at Henry. * They spend much of their time gathering and eating fruit, which causes stomachaches and chronic diarrhea. * They talk about the beastie and imagine all sorts of monsters; by nighttime, they are terrified and have trouble sleeping. * They are constantly tired, ill, and fearful; they play very little and cry a lot. * Percival stayed in a hut for two days, refusing to eat and weeping constantly. * Jack has smeared his face with colored and has the hunters do the same. * Suddenly Ralph jumps up and starts shouting; he has seen a ship in the distance. * The boys start to rush up the hill to fan the fire and make more smoke as a signal, but the fire has gone out. ...read more.

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He realizes that the group is fearfully close to losing its sanity, and he is helpless in preventing it. * Led by Jack, the boys run away from the meeting. Only Ralph, Simon, and Piggy are left. Piggy suggests that the leader blow on the conch to call the boys back. Ralph fears the call will be ignored, so he does not even try. * Aggravated and miserable over his need for achievement in controlling the meeting, Ralph thinks about quitting from his place as chief. * Piggy and Simon tell him that he needs to keep power in order to have any chance of surviving. Ch. 6 * While everyone is sleeping, two warplanes fight in the sky over the island. A dead parachutist floats down, undetected by the sleeping boys. When he lands on the mountaintop, his parachute gets tangled in the trees. * Early the next morning, Sam and Eric, the twins who have responsibility of the fire, wake up after sleeping through the night instead of tending the flames. When they fan the fire to bring, they see the clustered body of the dead airman and hear the eerie flapping of the parachute. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is still a need for shelter and the huts still have not been built which will be vital for them if they need protection from weather or anything. It is starting to show that they need order to control everyone. People are starting to lower their moral standards and the compassion in the boys is starting to die down, especially the choir boys. D.) Conch Shell- People are starting to loose respect for the conch and Ralph and starting to realize that. Ralph and the conch go hand and hand. The conch has basically been with Ralph since he has been on the island and everyone had a lot of respect for bother of them. However the respect is starting to die down. Fire- The fire was the first thing they accomplished on the island and is what is supposed to save them. People are not worrying anymore and are all loosing responsibility. The fires are always dieing out, and when they need it, it is not there due to someone's lack of responsibility. I think the fire symbolizes the group. At first it was all together and thriving and little by little it died down and soon became nothing. And once in a while it would spark back up again but before me knew it, it was out. ...read more.

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