Lord of the Flies By: Jaycee simmons Humanities 2A

Fear of Change:

In the beginning of Lord of the Flies the group designated Ralph as their leader. Ralph would call in the group with the conch shell, the conch shell signified order and civilization. Ralph would blow into the conch shell and the group would come, later in the book Ralph would hold up the conch and the group would come. During the meetings, if you wanted to speak you had to have the conch in your hands. One day the fire on the hill went out because Jack and the choir boys went hunting. The choir boys and Jack thought it was more important to go hunting and get food rather than building shelter and keeping a signal fire going like Ralph suggested. Jack also told the group he could protect them from the beast. Towards the end of the book, the group wouldn’t come when Ralph blew or held up the conch shell, they were with Jack. Ralph didn’t agree with this change of control in the group.

In Every Last Word Sam belongs to a group called the crazy eights, this group of friends used to consist of eight but now is a group of five. She’s been with this group since elementary school, they grew up together. The crazy eights are what you would consider “popular” in school. They all dress in brand name clothes with their hair and makeup done. Sam has severe OCD that she hides from the crazy eights in fear she’ll be judged. Sam finds a poetry group that has made her feel more herself. Sam wants to stay in the poetry group and hangout with those people but she doesn’t want to tell the crazy eight’s and change her social status. She was scared the change would worry her.

“I’m chief,” said Ralph tremulously. “And what about the fire? And I’ve got the conch-“ “You haven’t got it with you,” said Jack, sneering. “You left it behind. See, clever? And the conch doesn’t count at this end of the island-“ ( Golding, 150)

Dehumanization:

Dehumanization plays a huge role in both Lord of the Flies and Every Last Word. Piggy, in Lord of Flies, was made fun of for his asthma and his glasses. They would take his specs from him and use them to start the fires. One night when the groups were asleep, Jacks group snuck over to where Piggy and Ralph were sleeping and attacked them. They beat them up and stole Piggy’s glasses and broke them. After he found them he could only see out of one eye. In Every Last Word, Sarah and AJ are dehumanized. Sarah was part of the crazy eight’s but when she decided she wanted to join the play, the crazy eight’s made fun of her and disowned her from the group. They continued to make fun of her when they saw her down the halls or when she came up in a conversation. AJ had a stutter at a young age; in elementary school members of the crazy eights would make fun of him and follow him around taunting him. He eventually went to therapy for it and he switched schools because he couldn’t get away from the bullying.

“You’re always scared. Yah-Fatty!” (Golding, 45)

“You shut up!” (Golding, 46)

“Ralph made a step forward and Jack smacked Piggy’s head. Piggy’s glasses flew off and tinkled on the rocks.” (Golding, 71)

“Andrew Olsen. Remember? Fourth grade. Mrs. Collins’s class?...She shakes her hips and sings, “A-A-A-Andrew…” to the tune of the Chia Pet jingle, and then she starts cracking up...We used to follow him around singing that song…” (Stone, 88)

Appearance and Social Status:

During Lord of the Flies the choir boys are judged by how they look. They were wearing cloaks and they were walking in formation. The leader of the group was Jack, he had a gold badge to signify his power over the group. They walked down the beach, to where Ralph and Piggy were, in perfect formation until Jack told them to stop. In Every Last Word, the crazy eight’s wear all brand name clothes and they all have their hair and makeup done everyday. When they are in school they walk together to class and at lunch they sit at their own table by themselves. They use their appearance to show they are popular in school. Both books show how your appearance makes others think of you and what your social status is in other people’s eyes.

“The creature was a party of boys, marching approximately in step in two parallel lines and dressed in strangely eccentric clothing” (Golding, 19)

“You have no idea how sad I’ve been, Samantha. I felt horrible not asking you. Even though our moms weren’t friends in preschool, you and I were best friends in kindergarten!” (Stone, 61)

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