Lord of the flies Llama hill drawing

What dangers do you see as a person stranded on this deserted island?

I would have to be very observant when being stranded on an island. A danger I or someone may face is - Animals could attack or kill you - like leopards or snakes, it generally depends what predator lives on the island. One could eat or drink something that is tainted, giving terrible aches and pains, poisonous animals or objects could possibly kill someone, as if one touched something that has poisonous skin. ie - a poison dart frog, which can make one very sick and/or die. You could fall of of something - If there is a sudden drop or sink hole, It is also possible for one to get stuck if it is vines, mud (quicksand), tree trunks (roots protruding from the ground). It is also possible to slip and break or bruise limbs.

If I was stranded on an island I would be extremely cautious on what I do, I would try my hardest to keep sane, if I had others with me I would want to set up a game plan on what we need to survive - bring reality to the situation that I/we could die if we aren't serious about survival. It would be difficult finding safe food and water, we would have to learn how to hunt and take care of ourselves.. I would also try to bring in prior knowledge of survival, and explain it to others if they didn't understand certain things etc. I would know that people can "Survive 3 seconds without oxygen, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food" (Food would still be a priority.)

Who are our characters??

List of characters in the story -

Ralph - fair (8), 12 years old (10), arrogant (didn't ask Piggy his name (11)

Piggy - Fat (7), Genuine (11) Whiny

Jack - Red hair and freckles (20), Very rude (91), Uncooperative (91), Arrogant (91)

Simon - Skinny and vivid (24), Pointed chin, Bright eyes, Black hair, (55)

Sam and Eric - Twins (21), Not very responsible (Leaving the fire, 63/67) See the beast, awake. (98)

Roger - Had an inner intensity, avoidance and secrecy (22), Mean (Destroys castles 60) Lost hope (108)

"They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling, unable to communicate"

Pick the rule you find most important and explain why that rule, above all others is most important on this island -

  • Travel in 2+
  • Don't go out at night
  • Share resources
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Communicate effectively
  • Do your job
  • Do not kill eachother

Communicate effectively is very important over the other rules - If you can communicate and be able to work out issues it will keep the peace, when everyone hates each other and refuses to talk people won't get anything done - Roughly - If they don't work out simple things they can grow into bigger things. Like if in a relationship someone isn't talking about their problems with one another it can cause a butterfly effect which can lead to them breaking up, because the problem wasn't worked out when it was small.

Two brains truly are better than one.

Explain why the setting of this story adds to or contributes to the theme.

The Theme is Survival - The boys have to learn how to get along and do their job effectively, and when trying to survive the boys have to communicate and follow the rules - If someone wants to survive they have to rely on each other for manpower if they have it, 2 is better than one even if their views aren't similar they still need to be cool, calm and collected, working together and come up with a plan and rules to get along, which will give a higher chance of survival.

This is a good island -

Ralph has said, “This is a good island” (Golding 35). Ralph’s pronouncement will prove ironic; it is definitely NOT a good island. What problems do readers already know about? Explain why these problems prove this is NOT a good island after all.

Ralph's assertion saying the island is a good island is ironic because - It is too hot in midday which can be dangerous- sunburns, in the future a possibility of skin cancer, it's dangerous at night time- they could be walking around and get stuck in the creepers, or fall down somewhere, there typically only fruit to eat- which gives them diarrhea and makes them have bad stomach aches frequently, the fish and crabs don't have much meat in them, along with them having to be captured along with the pigs being quite hard to obtain and cook. Along with not much freshwater in convenient areas, they have to walk to the river to get the water, they could get hurt on their way there.

"Symbols are physical things that represent abstract ideas"

The following are some of the symbols from the novel The Lord of the Flies.

  • Temptation - Meat
  • Survival - Piggy's Glasses
  • Democracy - Platform
  • Isolation - The Island
  • Rescue - Smoke
  • Civilization - Piggy
  • Anonymity - Painted Faces
  • Goodness - Simon
  • Law & Order - Conch

All the words above on the left represent a feeling or symbol, They all have a meaning behind them, a feeling you cannot touch, which some of these words could be a moral to someone. Some objects or symbols can give one a some sort of enlightenment. Some use a cross as a symbol of their religion, others make statues or flags. You can feel the flag or cross, but you can't actually touch the belief. The words on the right are objects or people in the story, in which they are the "object that represents the feeling" they are like the cross in Christianity.

"I saw something moving among the trees, something big and horrid."

Describe the Beast that seems to be stalking the island.

The beast that is stalking the island seems to be quite large, as Phil said "-and then I saw something moving among the trees, something big and horrid" (Golding 85). 'The Beast' could also come from the water according to another young boy Percival, and Jack clarifying it for Ralph "He says the beast comes out of the sea" (Golding 88). These sightings tend to lean towards an animal that lives on land and water, that is most likely nocturnal, considering the sightings are usually seen at night time. The beast is furry, has wings, eyes, teeth, and claws according to the twins - "It was furry. There was something moving behind its head-wings. The beast moved too- There were eyes- Teeth- Claws-"

"What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?"

Name at least two things the boys are doing or have given up that show how they are now operating on instinct and no longer trying to follow the rules of society.

Some of the boys are acting out, and no longer have discipline "'The rules!' shouted Ralph. "You're breaking the rules!" "Who cares?"(Golding 91) Some of the boys are talking when they aren't supposed to i.e. during meetings. "What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?"(Golding 91) They are wanting to speak out or hunt on their own because they are going to instinct, wanting to take control or being rude/speaking rudely because they seem to no longer want the rules. Roughly they are speaking without the conch, acting without a filter and some boys yell, some cry etc. Though Jack isn't helping with these problems because he is causing trouble - he is quite full of himself, he rudely speaks to others and is not following rules along with his boasting about his hunting which puts stress on Ralph so the rules can't be passed off properly.

Rituals are ways that society both celebrates and morns, people usually know what is getting ready to happen next.

Two rituals people are most familiar with are weddings and funerals. Pick an event (a wedding or a funeral). Make a list of at least 3 phrases people use at the event you picked. Using one of your phrases, explain why your phrase is helpful in the situation.

Weddings are a type of ritual though some people forget that it is at times, when someone thinks of ritual they usually think of people dancing or saying different phrases around a fire, if you think about it at a wedding you do the same thing - People dance to music, and eat certain types of food like cake, some people do the ritual putting cake in their lovers face. In a wedding these phrases are frequently heard:

  • You may now kiss the bride - (In a wedding this is to confirm that you will forever be with the one you love.)
  • I do - (This is important because you are "vowing" that you will do (What preacher asks) for your loved one.)
  • From this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; - (You will help your loved one in all of the hills and valleys within the future.)

When people say these phrases they are going in the form of the ritual, when the preacher says - You will be together forever in sickness and health, etc - the person saying "I do" is taking part in the ritual, saying words that are always said in that specific ritual.

"This head is for the beast. It's a gift"

Choose a character, either Ralph or Jack and explain the effect seeing the Beast has on the character you have chosen.

Seeing the beast has made Jack seem hungry for power, It is his scare tactic - he wants to be powerful and strong claiming he and his hunters could defeat the beast. Jack had gone after the power, blowing the conch and asking if the boys wanted him as chief "Who thinks Ralph oughtn't to be chief?"(Golding 127). Also putting a false claim on Ralph trying to get him out of power - "And the next is Ralph said my hunters are no good" - "I never said that!" - "Ralph thinks you're all cowards," (Golding 126). After his shameful attempt (No one voted for him to be chief) He runs away into the forest, starting a new tribe where they hunt etc. Jack has also given a piece offering to the beast as an attempt to keep it away (To keep it from not killing them, as a form of domestication (Feeding it)). "But we'll leave part of the kill for..." - "This head is for the beast. It's a gift" (Golding 136-137). I feel that Jack is a liar and just wants everyone to obey him, while Ralph is just trying to go home. I think Ralph is best.

Simon's dead body moved out toward the open sea.

Retell in your own words what has happened to Simon.

Simon has been killed by the group of boys at Jacks gathering - Jack started up their ritual when thunder started above - "Do our dance! Come on! Dance!" (Golding 151) After they got worked up acting like they were going to kill a pig/beast a littlun shouted "Him! Him!" (Golding 152). - Thinking Simon (Crawling out of the bushes) was the so called beast. Simon crawled into the circle, and the boys beat him unintentionally "The sticks fell and the mouth of the new circle crunched and screamed. The beast was on its knees in the center, its arms folded over its face" (Golding 152). Simon was caught in the middle of the ritual circle, the boys were riled up beating him to death. "- leapt on the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws" (Golding 153).

You may do things in a group that you wouldn't do by yourself...

Explain what needs groups fill for people. Explain both the positive and negative aspects of being part of a group.

Some people make groups because they all have something to relate to, like clubs or gatherings either because they have a certain skill or belief, etc. A negative aspect is like in the book when Simon died because they were all in a group doing their dance, if someone was alone they probably wouldn't ever kill anyone. A positive aspect is that people can help each other out, in a form of teamwork. I never really am a part of a group though If i am its with friends (3-4 people) I know that they have my back if something goes wrong etc, but sometimes if you get into a fight with one friend they can turn the entire group on you - thus you have a group of people upset at you rather than just one person..

“Which is better - to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?”

“Which is better - to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?” Using this quote, take a stand. Pick a side and explain why your decision is best on this island.

I would choose Ralph's side - I don't want to hurt people - Never something anyone should want to do, thing is when Simon died it didn't seem to phase Jack whatsoever which is very wrong to me - "See? See? That's what you'll get!" (Golding 181) he just seemed to praise himself after someone just got killed - I think this would be important when you are stuck with people - you can't go around killing who you disagree with, thing is a ship passed by the island before so another will come again - "When there's one, there will be two" - Is something I generally think. (For someone who is power hungry sure, you can kill everyone but who will be left for you to rule?) It seems that they have to be rescued at some point, and for those people to never see the light of day again because of a petty feud, they never get to see rescue is what I would be thinking. It is terrible even for people who are stuck together for a prolonged part of time...

What can he do more than he has?

As the book has finished - here are my thoughts....

I thought this book was quite weird at the start, it started to grow on me.. The reason I've chosen this quote and picture is because - Rescue has been the thought through the entire novel - Make smoke see a ship get rescued - It was the most important through the start, if you are trapped somewhere it is so mandatory that you get rescued, and I think that at some point you probably will get rescued, it may take years but it still is rescue... No matter where you are someone will find you. My quote has been chosen because - People have the ability to do so many things.. Good or bad - When people are together for a long time they can not think of people as people, they think of them as a nuisance etc. But in this novel people go to the lengths of killing each other - People are capable of so many things and people can always do more than you/they think they can.

My thoughts:

Dear student ~

I think you will love reading this book!! It is very interesting and has amazing attention to detail! I love when a writer is able to create an image for the reader - If you have a good imagination you will easily be able to picture the island and what It looks like. When this book first started I was like "Meh" but then again it's just like a movie - you have introduce all of the characters and it's not the most exiting thing ever but it always gets better!! When Jack comes in the story it gets more interesting. Towards the end of the novel it gets scary!! No spoilers! :) I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did, always remember "Keep your door open! You don't know until you read it!"

I honestly thought this book was kinda weird - but the good type of weird. I never have read anything like this and I will most likely remember its originality for a long time.. I like that it has the realistic effect when it comes to people and their emotions, how you can feel like you are in the situation. i.e- When Ralph was being chased it spooked me, I could feel my heartbeat go faster because I actually felt scared, as if i was in that situation. When I feel an emotion (Crying, upset, angry, scared etc.) I applaud the writers work because they brought me into their own imagination and got me to feel something from their work... Getting attached to characters and wanting to be friends with them is also a cool feeling because I invest into them and respect a fictional character! I really like the visuals especially with the pig head and how detailed Golding was when it came to how the island looked and how he described the water. I loved the book, it would inspire me to write because I would love to be able to write my own story and make my own little world where people get connected to a fictional character, being able to relate with them and learn from them - I really do admire people who can create such detailed visuals through writing.

I think I prefer Mrs. Lyda reading - there is a lot more emotion - *Cough* Foreshadowing *Cough* But the British man wasn't bad though, it could flip flop but its more fun with Mrs. Lyda reading :) When I read by myself I didn't really feel anything... I wasn't as interested but that may be just me. I rather be reading with emotion than just reading into my head but when Mrs. Lyda was reading I felt more invested into the book! It helped me process the characters emotions better and take in the scenery more smoothly.

I really liked using Adobe Spark!! It is simple to use, has great photos and easy to share. I think the Adobe Spark made me think more about the book, on how I could make a better answer of what was being asked - It made me pay more attention to what I was reading!

Extra: I loved drawing the island before we started reading - It gave me a cute little visual of the island though I had no clue why we were drawing a island! The directions were simple and fun and I actually did a pretty good job :)


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