Dear Future Student,

Personally I loved this book. I felt as though this book is kinda real in terms of the theme and all the symbolism. It as fun having to figure all the things out. It's a little drug out it some places but the book as a whole is a fantastic piece of literature.

Explain how you best enjoyed the novel: the British man, reading on your own, or me reading. I did not find the british man reading appealing. I don't particularly like reading by myself because my mind tends to wander and i get distracted. I love it when Mrs. Lyda reads because she knows how it's supposed to be read.

The Adobe Spark Blog was a good tool to help break everything down and really look at this book through a microscope. I enjoyed it.

Yours Truly, Katie Walker

"Maybe there is a beast... maybe it's only us." -William Golding, Lord Of The Flies The boys have been overwhelmed by the said "beast" there was no beast. It was made up by their self conscious. They made every thing about the beast; all the rules, all the places to go, when to do things. The beast made them savages it made them crazy. Their minds made up the beast so it could cope with the dramatic stress of being in a crash and being stranded. It was a defence mechanism. The only person the figured that out was Simon; they killed him. They killed him because they thought he was the beast. The Beast is a term for themselves when they killed simon they were kill all the evil that lived in themselves that's what the beast represents. Or at least that's what it conveyed to me.


“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 here at the end of Chapter 11. Don’t forget to use textual evidence to support your answer. I don't think either of them are "good". If it was me on this island I would've honestly believed in survival of the fittest. All of us are friends but we can still do things the way we want to. This way just makes sense because everybody kind of gets what they want if Ralph. I don't think neither of them are right or wrong but if it was at this point in the story and I was ralph I would've joined Jack a long time ago it just makes sense because they should just get along and make decisions together that favor the well being of EVERYBODY on the island not just what they think.

In life people create groups. These groups might be at school, in sports, in extracurricular activities, and through religious organizations. Explain what needs groups fill for people. Explain both the positive and negative aspects of being part of a group. You may relate this to our novel, or you may make it a person reflection of your own experience. Groups give people a sense of belonging. for me my "click" or my friend group we treat each other like family and we love and are always there for each ither. for other people they have friend that have the same interest. A negative thing would be not letting people be apart of your friend group because you don't like them. Another negative thing would be if the people you hang out with cause you or the other people to do bad things or things they wouldn't regularly do if they were by themself. Positive things would be to do fun things together and make each other feel happy and good about themselves.

Retell in your own words what has happened to Simon. Use textual evidence to help you create a vivid paragraph. Well you see what happened was that Simon had just woken up from his unconscious state and he went up to the mountain. Simon saw the parashooter and that's when he was 100% sure that there was no beast and so it continues with simon walking down to the beach to tell the others about the fake beast and the others are doing the ritualistic dance. One of the littluns saw him come out of the woods crawling. "The littluns screamed and blundered about, fleeing from the edge of the forest, and one of them broke the ring of biguns of terror 'Him! Him!' The circle became a horseshoe 'Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!'" (Golding 152). Simon was pretty much in the wrong place at the wrong time. All of the boys thought he was the beast and so they beat him to death. "Simon's dead body moved out toward the open sea." (Golding 154). That was the conformation of his death. RIP Simon 2017.

Choose a character, either Ralph or Jack and explain the effect seeing the Beast has on the character you have chosen. Use textual information to support your answer. Jack, seeing the beast tore him up. It made him what one would call mad. He is trying to vote Ralph out of leadership and it didn't work so he decided to go and be a baby and run away to start his own "clan" or group. The reason I say it messed him up because he felt as though if he had to leave an offering to the alleged beast. So he and the other hunters went off to get a pig for them to eat, and when they stumbled upon a group of pigs they got one but that had to chase it a little ways. After they got the biggest sow they took a stick and put the sow's head on it as a sacrifice to the the "beast". As he did that he said "'This head is for the beast. It's a gift.'" (Golding 137) He (Jack) felt as though his tribe is superior because the "beast" will be happy with them for leaving a gift for it.

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. Some phrases at a wedding could be "I do!" or "... to have and to hold till death do us part." or "With this ring i take thee _____." All these phrases are relevant because they all have the same symbol of eternal love. To have and to hold till death do us part, means something along the lines of "I will never leave you until I die." It could also mean i never want to love or do something like the bond of marriage with anybody else because it's till death do us part . A wedding in some form or fashion can be classified as a "ritual". In chapter 7 of William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies they kind of have a fake ritual they have one of their friends who they're pretending to kill as if he was the pig all of them are craving because all they've eaten for the majority of the time is fruit except for one time and that was all the way back in another chapter. The fake ritual was designed as a joke but in the novel it states that Ralph didn't necessarily want it to be a joke. " 'That was just a game.' 'Just a game,' said Ralph uneasily "(Golding 115). The key word is "UNEASILY" that kind of gives me the signal that he was disappointed in the fact that it was a game. They are all slowly going crazy and this is the author's way of letting us know that it's going to slowly get worse and worse as time goes on.


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. Explain your answers with information from the text. One of the two things that the boys have given up on is the fire. A lot of them don't think they are going to be rescued, they've given up hope so they don't care about the fire the only main person that seems to care about getting rescued is Ralph and everybody around him seems be be having like a mental breakdown. The only rational one besides Ralph is Simon and nobody is listening to him The other thing besides giving up on trying to be rescued is order. They are all kind of not listening to Ralph and they're all doing there own thing and since they are not working as a "team" or not functioning as a working society they're all going crazy if they do get rescued none of them will act the same this experience has broke them to think they need to survive and if/when they ever go home they will not be what one would call "normal" people.


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. Explain your answers with information from the text. They don't seem to care about the fire anymore and they don't care that people are talking out of turn. They've pretty much just kind of forgotten what the point of all the rules and order was for in the first place.

Describe the Beast that seems to be stalking the island. Use the text as backup for your info. According to the book the beast is a snake like creature (36). In further readings this said beast also was furry, has eyes, teeth, claws and wings (100). I personally don't believe in this said to be beast. I think that they are just having some sort of mental breakdown as a way to cope with this traumatic event.

Symbols are physical things that represent abstract ideas. The following are some of the symbols from the novel The Lord of the Flies.

  • Meat symbolizes Temptation.
  • Piggy symbolizes Civilization.
  • Piggy's glasses symbolize Survival.
  • The Island symbolizes Isolation.
  • The Conch symbolizes Law & Order.
  • Simon symbolizes Goodness.
  • The Platform symbolizes Democracy.
  • Smoke symbolizes Rescue.
  • Panted Faces symbolizes Anonymity.

Ralph has said, “This is a good island” (Golding 35). Ralph’s pronouncement will prove ironic; it is definitely NOT a good island. This is an example of foreshadowing. What problems do readers already know about? Explain why these problems prove this is NOT a good island after all. This is not a good island because it is in the middle of nowhere and there may or may not be beast. There could be bad things like psycho animals and all of them are going crazy! An example of foreshadowing would be when they saw the pig and they were all like "We're gonna eat it." Then they actually catch one and get to eat it.

One of the themes of this novel is survival. Explain why the setting of this story adds to or contributes to the theme. The setting adds to the theme because they are on the island and they have to get food water make shelter and all that jazz. Surviving is what they're doing. Finding food by hunting the animals gathering fruit. Gathering water by finding a fresh water pool. Creating a shelter by using wood and leaves. This is all that they need to not die on this island that they are unfortunately stuck on.

Out of all the rules below I think the most important rules is to communicate effectively. This is the most important rule because if you just keep things to yourself no problems get solved, nothing gets done, people get mad, and it puts the whole group in a rut. Not communicating is selfish because they don't think about the whole group and how they can gain from that you are thinking or feeling. As an example would be one person doesn't like the way their job leader is running things and they keep it to themselves their anger keeps building up and building up until they snap then people start to choose sides then that puts people that are supposed to be friends against each other and that creates problems because they all need eachother to survive until they are or ever get rescued.

  1. Travel in 2's
  2. Don't go out at night
  3. Share resources
  4. Clean up after yourself
  5. Communicate effectively
  6. Do your job
  7. Do NOT kill each other

Create a list of characters from the novel The Lord of the Flies and add details about them using textual evidence from the novel:

  • Ralph: fair (7), leader (28)
  • Piggy: very fat (7), has asthma (9), wears glasses (9
  • Jack Merridew: tall (20), freckles (20), light blue eyes (20), red hair (20)
  • Sam and Eric: hair like tow (blonde (19)), twins (19), chunky (19), vital (19)
  • What dangers do you see as a person stranded on this deserted island? Be specific and explain your answers.
  • Not getting along with the other people on the island. Or something obvious like death or falling or getting poised or attacked or something of that nature because that's what everybody is afraid of. I would think not getting along with everybody as the biggest danger because that creates war and if you're on an island without any "for sure" sign of food or water. Nobody is 100% sure of anything. Might be a group of wild animals or insects and there is no way to know anything at all and then when it's night and you can't sleep and you are just thinking about your life and how the last time you spoke to anybody was the last time. You're just sitting in the dark thinking and you start hearing and seeing things because you forgot what's real because this experience is so crazy it doesn't seem real and all you want to do is go home and have a snack and watch a movie and go to bed in your own bed and just sleep knowing you're going to wake up in the morning go to school and see your friends.


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