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Lord Of The Flies Quotes and analysis.

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Introduction

Lord of the Flies "Where's the man with the megaphone?" The ideas of that there are no grownups to regulate their lives and they are responsible for their own actions now. The man with the megaphone is the symbolic representation of adult restrictions and civilisation. Symbolic representation "It's ever so valuable" "The shell was deep cream- fading pink- a slight spiral twist- covered with a delicate embossed pattern" "There's no man with a trumpet. Only me" Gives Ralph power, and it is a symbolic representation of no adults on the island, meaning no authority being visible. "This toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch" They're playing it, being grown up and civilised and mature. It also demonstrates democracy. "They savoured the right of domination. They were lifted up; were friends" It represents that they were once equal, once civilised. "Jack drew his knife against with a flourish. He raised his arm in the air. There came a pause, a hiatus." Shows that Jack was once innocent "He says the beastie came in the dark" Darkness- fear "All at once the crowds swayed towards the island and were gone- following Jack" Demonstrates how fast leadership, respect and being chief could be stolen "After all, we're not savages. ...read more.

Middle

"Unless we get frightened of people." "Maybe there is a beast. What I mean is...maybe it's only us." Foreshadowing that they are only bringing the beast on themselves. "The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away. Once there was this and that; and now- and the ship had gone." "What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages? What's grown-ups going to think?" "Because the rules are the only thing we've got!" Rules are the only things that are standing between them bringing chaos and being civilised. "If Jack was chief he'd have all hunting and no fire. We'd be here till we died." "Soon the darkness was full of claws, full of the awful unknown and menace." "He sunned himself in their new respect and felt that hunting was good after all." Shows how much Ralph actually enjoyed the hunt as well. Ralph becomes aware of his own potential for savagery. "Piggy lifted the conch as though to add power to his next words." "He was happy and wore the damp darkness of the forest like his old clothes." ...read more.

Conclusion

(pg. 198) Demonstrates the power of the mask. "He held out the conch to Piggy who flushed, this time with pride." (pg. 211) Demonstrates how the conch could give one so much power and pride. "They understood only too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought." (pg. 212) Shows how strong and powerful the paint and mask is. "He pushed his hair up and gazed at the green and black mask before him, trying to remember what Jack looked like." (pg. 219) Demonstrates how much destruction the paint and mask has brought and how it can change one's life and physical feature. "By him stood Piggy still holding out the talisman, the fragile, shining beauty of the shell." (pg. 222) Shows how fragile the conch could be. "The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee, the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist." (pg. 222) Once the conch is broken, the democracy and society is also destroyed. "There isn't a tribe for you any more! The conch is gone-" (pg. 223) Democracy destroyed. "The breaking of the conch and the deaths of Piggy and Simon lay over the island like a vapour." Beast is being a physical manifestation of the boy's own fears and savagery. ...read more.

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