Presentation on theme: "Notes on Lord of the Flies"— Presentation transcript:
1 Notes on Lord of the Flies Themes:The Need for Social OrderPowerVisionFear of the UnknownLoss of IdentityLoss of Innocence
2 Notes on Lord of the Flies The Need for Social OrderThe boys are separated from civilizationThey attempt to create their own form of order and governmentWithout someone to enforce the rules, the boys fail to observe their own rulesThe boys eventually abandon the rules of civilizationWithout social order, the boys commit acts of savagery and murder
3 Notes on Lord of the Flies PowerTo Ralph, power is democraticThe conch becomes a symbol of powerTo Jack, power is authoritarianJack treats the members of his choir cruellyThe littluns begin to exercise power of small creaturesRoger enjoys unrestrained power
4 Notes on Lord of the Flies VisionMirages impair the boy’ visionAlthough Piggy’s vision is poor, he can see most clearly what they need to do to survivePiggy is blind to the reality that evil exists in the boys themselvesSimon has the clearest vision of the true nature of evil on the islandOnly Simon sees the “Lord of the Flies”Only Simon goes to the mountaintop to see the beast clearly in the daylight.
5 Notes on Lord of the Flies Fear of the UnknownThe boys are afraid because they do not know where they are, why their plane crashed, or what will happen if they are not rescued.The littluns fear the beastie or snake-like thing that comes in the darkThe bigguns fears beasts that are still unknown“The Beast” – Snake-like thing – the dead parachutist – The Lord of the Flies – Simon - The boys themselves
6 Notes on Lord of the Flies Loss of IdentityThe boys begin to lose their individual identities: littluns, bigguns, samnericThe choir becomes huntersThe mask allows the boys to become someone elseJack’s followers become a savage tribeRalph has difficulty remember he is the leader and why rescue is importantPercival forgets his own name
7 Notes on Lord of the Flies Loss of InnocenceRalph’s faith in democracy is shatteredFollowing the rules offers no protectionPiggy’s belief in fairness is proven falseViolence takes the lives of three boysThe boys come to accept the notion that the world is not completely good
8 Notes on Lord of the Flies The Symbol of the ShellThe shell sybolizes power and order on the islandThe boy holding the shell has the floor to speak at assembliesWhen the shell is shattered, any semblance of order is gone
9 Notes on Lord of the Flies The CharactersRalph – “counsel”Good-natured, fair, uses common senseJack – “one who takes over by force”Uses fear and threats to control the boysSimon – “listener”Most spiritual character, not afraid to go alone into the jungle, understands the reality of the “beast”
10 Notes on Lord of the Flies The Characters4. Piggy – obvious meaningThe most intelligent on the island, outcast, outsider, his death is foreshadowed by the killing of pigs on the island5. Roger – “Spear”the cruelest character, uses brute force at whim, dislodges the boulder that kills Piggy, represents the worst in people when there is no society to keep people in check
11 Notes on Lord of the Flies For Consideration:Simon as a “Christ figure”:Simon goes alone into the jungle and confronts evil. Simon comes down from the mountain bringing news that will save the boys from their fear. Instead of listening to Simon, the other boys kill him.
12 Notes on Lord of the Flies For Consideration:“Lord of the Flies” – A literal translation of “Beelzebub,” a Hebrew name for the devil. The “Lord of the Flies” represents the incarnation of evil itself.
13 Notes on Lord of the Flies For Consideration:Natural Goodness of Man Theory:Left to themselves, humans would live good lives, and it is the influence of civilization that corrupts people.
14 Notes on Lord of the Flies For Consideration:Golding has said that Lord of the Flies is “an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature.” He acknowledges evil as a force that lurks within every person.