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Themes from Pages 126-135 in Lord of the Flies.

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Themes from Pages 126-135 in Lord of the Flies The extract on page 126 opens with an excellent of the facades that are worn and fashioned by the boys. Maurice doesn't want 'to seem a funk', that is to say, he doesn't want to appear in a state of fear, a strong mask. Jack is even stronger and more powerful and demanding, his use of the phrase 'We'll kill it.' an immediate response to the questioning he faces. No principle of democracy is enforced, neither is there a factor of indecision in his response. It reflects the brutality of Jack's new nature, his previous charade of wickedness has gained an explicit control over his actions and being. The idea of falseness and immorality are direct and strong. Also, the themes of rivalry and testing are brought out in this continual power-conflict; Jack continually is re-asserting his power as a leader, irrespective of the fact that he is a dictator. ...read more.

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Simon's departure is hardly surprising for someone with the scepticism and collectiveness of his. Page 129 is much the same: a timid discussion. However, it takes half a page for Jack to recover his insistent and snide attitude. The point that it is Ralph who '...senses the rising antagonism...' is re-assuring us of his qualities of leadership. Possibly, Golding is trying to bring in about the idea of some optimistic force amongst the ever darkening nature of the boys. Again, the continual lies and facades are put in place. An interesting point is that it is Jack who is testing Ralph. This is in Jack's character, but it is also interesting because it is Jack who is searching for the truth, what is right, fair and kind. His motives are cruel, but his use of justice is confusing. Is Golding introducing split-personality as a permanent theme for everything on the Island, the idea that everything has the potential to be evil? Page 131 sees the accent up the mountain. ...read more.

Conclusion

Pages 133 and 134 possess quite a bizarre turn-around. The party unites and works well as a team. This is a sign that the boys are as able and as likely to change as the Island is in its mood. Can evil reign supreme for one minute to be followed by a drastic change the next? The unity has come about through truth though, a positive force. The sharing of their fear is unspoken but present. Does this mean that the truth is the only thing that can now save the boys? The end leaves a vivid picture of uncertainty, in the present and for the future, the 'leaden' steps, the sliver of the moon and the 'three abandoned sticks' give this fazed and timid and very vulnerable picture. The moon is too scared to come out at night? In the darkness the moon doesn't have strength to give light? Has darkness taken complete control? The forest is given its evil element once again, the ruin of a face and the fire blurs from the past. We are left in a state of definite uncertainty. ...read more.

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