In William Goldings novel, Lord of the Flies, the children introduced teach the readers some valuable lessons. While the children needed to survive, we can still learn many lessons from them. The three most important lessons taught to us by the children are to not misuse our authority, to look out for our neighbors, and to know our priorities. Lord of the Flies teaches us to not misuse our authority by showing us how to be good leaders. Neither Jack nor Ralph could be considered a good leader, but neither one of them are necessarily a bad leader either.
The fire on top of the mountain symbolizes perceived hope. Perceived hope, unlike regular hope, is when it is the only hope you have. For the boys, it is the hope that a ship will rescue them. While it seems unlikely to the boys, it is the only hope they have for rescue. When Ralph notices the boys are losing hope of being rescued, to keep the fire going he says, “The fire is the most important thing on the island.
The first fire is built to signal ships for their rescue; it symbolizes hope here. Once the fire is burning brightly, the boys “paused to enjoy the freshness of [the fire]... they flung themselves down in the shadows that lay among the shattered rocks,” (41). The fire comforts the young island inhabitants because it lets them relax with the hope of getting rescued. The boys on the island start to lose hope, even Ralph. Ralph tells Piggy “let the fire go then, for tonight,” (164), showing that he has stopped caring about getting home.
The conch is also used to maintain organization. Ralph notices the discord but resolves it by enforcing, “I 'll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he 's speaking” (Golding 33). The conch represents the discipline of the boys and their civilization. Since Ralph thought to use the conch as a speaking system, the conch represents his leadership and authority over the boys.
In this quote the Lord of the Flies is explaining that they should fear the beast inside of them, not a physical creature. Finally, The Lord of the Flies represents the devil and evil on the island. It is this evil of the devil inside of each of them that turned Jack and Roger to destruction and manic. Another
All of the boys had contrasting ideas on how to administer the society. Ralph was eventually nominated by the other boys to be the chief of the society, and this was one of the first signs of what we, the readers, thought was a civilized society. Piggy and Ralph were the ones who spotted the conch and automatically thought that they could use it to call the meeting whenever they wanted to discuss something. But the conch was also a symbol of freedom of speech, whenever someone had it, they had the possibility and freedom to speak. In general the conch represented order.
In the beginning when the boys are first starting to live on the island Ralph proposes a bunch of plans that would have created a successful society amongst them had they actually been put into motion, such as shelters, jobs, taking turns, a fire, and rules. He looked at the big picture of what they could do and thought out of the box to try and solve their problems, however he failed to turn his ideas and plans into reality. “The first thing we ought to have made was shelters down there by the beach. It wasn’t half cold down there in the night. But the first time Ralph says ’fire’ you goes howling and screaming up this here mountain.
He can hold it when he's speaking.’” (Golding 36), which gives everybody a chance to voice themselves and support Ralph voluntarily. This strategy of gradually building a positive reputation prior to giving orders to the boys highlights Ralph’s ability to gain authority, whilst acknowledging that he is not superior to any of the boys. This is in comparison to Jack, who falls prey to the excitement of proving his hunting capabilities to the boys, using it as an excuse to lead the boys, which essentially serves as the cause of the chaos the island falls into. He eventually even destroys the conch, symbolizing his role as a catalyst in the loss of democracy, and thus
4th period “You don’t deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you” (Unknown). In the lord of flies by William Golding, Jack turns evil and is not himself. A former choirmaster and “head boy” at his school, he arrived on the island having experienced some success in exerting control over others by dominating the choir with his militaristic attitude. His main interest is hunting, an endeavor that begins with the desire for meat and builds to the overwhelming urge to master and kill other living creatures. One character trait that jack shows throughout the story is selfishness.
Using the conch, Ralph calls meetings and insists that only the person holding the conch could speak. His rules and ability to organize long-term goals by keeping the fire going kept the colony intact for a while. Ralph shows ego through his organizational skills willingness to assume the role of leader. When Jack “pinched Piggy’s specs” Ralph insisted that he “give them back” (Golding 204). Ralph demonstrates ego by realizing that stealing is wrong and demands that Jack return the specs to Piggy.
OR can use quote: “Your only hope is keeping a signal fire going as long as there’s light to see. Then maybe a ship’ll notice the smoke and come and rescue us and take us home. But without that smoke we’ve got to wait till some ship comes by accident” (178). Ralph and the other survivors relied a lot on fires in the first parts of the novel in order to be rescued off the island. The fire being one of the main goals for Ralph 's rescue plan is a sign of hope and assurance of a “ship” accidentally spotting smoke from the island.
Ralph, Jack, and “The Littluns”: The Game Changers As soon as Ralph blew the conch, gathering the boys around him, they decided to keep order by establishing a system in the hopes of having a chance to be rescued. A power struggle between Ralph and Jack had split the votes, but in the end, Ralph was crowned as chief. This society seemed as though it was solid under Ralph’s genuine leadership, but with differing opinions and views of what was really important, this society treaded towards rough waters. The author made a point to the reader that each character had a specific job in helping the civilization: Jack was the power hungry hunter, Ralph was the motivated leader, and the “Littluns” was the lower class with the biggest population. Many boys followed the peculiar noise through the island and gathered around Ralph.
They began at once to leave off their wild and savage habits; … and were glad because life had been given to them.” This myth shows the values of learning, and growth when people are able to evolve from “beasts” into people who can do things such as cook. This all begins with the outspoken opinion of Prometheus, that decides that the people need fire to keep warm. He felt strongly about his opinion, and therefore defended it, even though it involved disobeying Zeus. The power of speech used here has been proved so important, that an entire play was written by Aeschylus to exhibit it. Also, not only were there public plays showcasing these values, but ancient Greek forms of government encouraged the expression of
Ralph behaves and acts according to moral guidelines. Ralph is capable of leadership, and accepts being a leader to the group. He strives from the start to create order among the boys and build a stable society on the island. However, we see that he shares the instinct of savagery and violence that Jack and his tribe embrace after hunting a stray pig. “Ralph was full of fright and apprehension and pride.” (Golding 113).
I chose the conch because it symbolizes civilization in the novel. The shell effectively governs the boys’ meetings, for anyone who holds the conch has the ability to speak In this regard, the shell is more than a symbol—it is an actual representation of ruling and democratic ability.. As the island civilization erodes and the boys descend into brutality, the shell loses its ability to maintain law and order.. I chose that quote because Roger was slowly attempting to break law and order despite the rules of the group. The visual is good because that’s what a conch looks like. Next, I chose Piggy’s glasses because it represents the power of science and intellectual endeavor in society.