When Ralph, Piggy, Sam, and Eric realized that the “beast” they have slaughtered was Simon, they break off from the group. The others do not understand the act they have just committed. As Ralph defines his morals with his group, she starts to comprehend the situation he is in. This act represents Ralph coming of age when he defines his morals. This is a common theme which runs through many stories.
Fear of the unknown in the boys continues to build up which causes them to think differently after a period of time on the island. This is seen when the author writes,"They lay there listening, at first with doubt but then with terror to the description the twins breathed at them between bouts of extreme
In Chapter 1, Ralph blows a shell that he found. Piggy suggests to blow into it as a signal for the other boys who survived. When Ralph does this, the other boys start to show up. Therefore, the title of Chapter 1 is “The Sound of the Shell.” This relates to morality because after all of the boys show up they make an agreement on who should be their “leader” and what their group should be based on.
On this island the boys have food, water, and shelter. This island is very tropical with lots of palm trees. It also has a vast ocean visible from the top of the mountain. As an illustration in the text on page 9 Golding says,
Ralph told all the boys on the island Piggy’s old nickname. Being a chubby child people “Used to call me piggy!” (Golding, 11) Going against Piggy’s wishes expresses betrayal through the disrespect Ralph shows towards Piggy. Jack and his tribe turn on Simon for his fear of the beast. The boys chant “Kill the beast!
As Ernest Hemingway wrote: “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” People tend to think of geniuses as being haunted by anxiety, frustration, or likely suffering from depression. Sir William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies deals with the struggle of an intellectual individual who is filled with useful knowledge to help his peers but end up as an outcast and eventually murdered from the hatred of those he wants to help. Piggy is a great example of how those who are most intelligent in the society are treated unfairly base on their appearance and personality.
J.I. Packer, a Christian theologian, once stated, “Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.” In the novel, Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding, a group of English boys are stranded on a tropical island during the time of war. They discover that the island is inhabited and attempt to create their own civilization while waiting for rescue. However, as time passes by, things begin to get out of control and the boy’s own inner savagery quickly consumes them. Throughout the book, Piggy, an intellectual boy with poor eyesight and asthma, is shown to be an insightful collaborator because he is perceptive, intelligent, and conscientious.
This shows the human nature of children and men when they are away from society and order for a long time. If they do not get what they want, then they will drive themselves crazy trying to fight and in turn, become savages, who are focused on killing and hunting. They are blinded by their anger and illusions that they forget about the real point, which is trying to escape from the island and their new goal is to kill each other off so they alone can be the chief of the island, but eventually all the boys will have to end up dying from natural causes or battles if they are not saved by a ship. Their morals are ruined and this leads to further chaos on the island. Once the chaos starts to happen on the island, Ralph also starts to rethink his idea of being chief.
1. But a sign came down from the world of grown-ups . . . (95) The significance of this quote is that a warning sign was sent to the island (plane, helicopter, or some flying vehicle) but none of the boys were awake so the “grownups” were unaware about their whereabouts. The fire had died down and so did the smoke (at this current point) for the grownups to see if anyone was stranded on the island.
That quote shows how immature Ralph and the children are when they laugh at Piggy. Another example of the children's innocence is when Jack could not kill the piglet that was trapped in the vines "I was choosing a place. I was just waiting for a moment to decide where to stab him" (Golding). Jack not being able to kill the piglet
All of the boys life have fallen apart, and lives have been taken. The school boys, are not school boys anymore. The schoolboys have lost their innocence on the island. Many lives have been taken, the mama pig, Piggy, Simon, and almost Ralph.
This statement shows that Ralph is in control on the island . He is starting to put things into common reasoning such as the conch being where they would have gatherings also the idea to start a fire to attain being rescued . Ralph being in charge is actually beneficial to the other boys around him because he introduces them to reasonable acts taken as a whole to help them remain civilized and attempt being rescued
The setting plays a big role in the overall theme of this novel. The boys experience all conditions on the island, these unruly conditions represent the unconstructed society the boys are developing, "Now you been and set the whole island on fire. "(Golding page 45) This fire ultimately shows the final burning of any sanity that could be left, it is like the fire had burned up any of the sane part in left in Jack.
He seconds Ralphs notions that a beast could not survive on an island this small. Using rational solutions, Piggy says it just doesn’t make sense to have a beast or ghosts on the island. Because he uses scientific views on how to be adults and to make sense of the beasts, Piggy is the voice of reason on the
Jack takes his place and Ralph takes his. The boys are each trying to win over the other boys to join their different societies. Fire is the most important part of the novel; it represents hope. The boys start the fire in hopes to make enough smoke for someone passing by to notice they were there stuck on the island. Towards the beginning of the story, a plane passes over the island and the boys get excited about being rescued.