Lord of the Flies A Digital Journal

What dangers do you see as a person stranded on this deserted island. Be specific and explain your answers.

Some of the dangers that I can see coming about on a deserted island would be the possibility of draining the food supply. Another problem could be wild predators. The last problem that I see being a problem is water because while yes I am surrounded by water but that is saltwater and will quickly dehydrate me.

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

Piggy-fat (7), asthma (9), glasses (9), can't swim (13)

Jack-mean (21), singer (22), excluding (24), determined (51), hunter (49)

Simon-prone to fainting (20), peaceful (42), weird (55)

Sam and Eric-twins (21), smart (40)

Roger-silent (22)

Rules-Travel in groups of 2 or more, don't go out at night, share resources, clean up after yourself, communicate effectively, do your job, do not kill each other

I think that the most important rule is to travel in groups of 2 or more this is because if only 1 person goes they might miss something but if 2 or more people go then the chance of something important being missed is much lower. Another reason is that one of the people in the group might die and the other people in the group can describe things such as what caused the death of the person and things that they saw and learned while they were out.

The setting of the story is a deserted island this is one of the most popular settings for a story that involves the survival of the characters. This is mostly because there is no civilization in any direction that the characters wouldn't have to cross an ocean to reach meaning that they only have themselves and whatever wildlife/resources were on the island. Another reason that the setting adds to the theme of survival is that the island only has a set amount of resources on it and everyone on the island must get along and share the resources.

In The Lord of the Flies by William Golding an example of foreshadowing is when it says that there is a beast in the jungle that only comes out at night. This is foreshadowing because there is something in the forest and the boys don't know what it is this will probably be revealed later on in the book.

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 the temptation the boys face on the island.

Smoke symbolizes the hope that they may be rescued

The island represents isolation from the rest of the world

Piggy's glasses symbolize survival

Piggy symbolizes democracy

Simon symbolizes goodness

The platform symbolizes civilization

Painted faces symbolize anonymity

The conch symbolizes law and order

Describe the Beast that seems to be stalking the island. Use the text as backup for your info.

The beast appears to be a large nocturnal animal because the text says that the beast only comes out at night and is described as being very large. It is also mentioned that it could possibly be coming out of the water and that is its hiding spot this means that it could be an amphibian such as an alligator or frog. Another possibility is that the beast could be born in the water and live on land in a nest of some kind like a fly or mosquito.

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.

Sam and Eric have left the fire because they are scared and Jack speaks out of turn all the time. This means that the boys are acting before they think. Textual evidence for the first example is "Then as though they had but one terrified mind between them they scrambled away over the rocks and fled". Textual evidence for the second example is "Jack broke in" this is said when Jack cuts piggy off while piggy has the conch.

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.

A wedding is a ritual that joins two people together where they declare that they want to live together for the rest of their life. "I do" is the phrase that most people remember from a wedding. This phrase is the final thing that is said at a wedding this says that the couple is not turning back. Another phrase that is said at weddings is "till death do we part". This says that the bride and the groom want to spend the rest of their life together. "I love you" is another very popular phase at weddings it is also said many times after the wedding. I love you goes a lot deeper than just the words it means I trust you, I will care for you, I will defend you, and I won't let you down. "In sickness and in health" is in my opinion the most important phrase said at a wedding this is because in this you are stating that you and your partner will stick with each other even when the going gets tough.

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.

When Jack saw the beast he attempted to be brave and go forward but eventually went running down the mountain and back to the platform. This shows that Jack is scared but his pride will not allow him to admit it. "'Even Jack 'ud hide.' Jack still looked at the sand." (Golding 124). Another way that Jack has been affected is that he left the platform and made his own clan of sorts. "'I'm going off by myself. He can catch his own pigs. Anyone who wants to hunt when I do can come too.'"(Golding 127). This has led to Jack skewering the head of a dead pig as a sacrifice to the beast in order to keep the beast at bay. "He stood back and the head hunt there, a little blood dribbling down the stick."

Simon was hidden away in his little spot that he goes to very frequently and saw jack and the others kill a pig and cut its head off as a sacrifice for the beast. He then went up to the mountain and untangled the dead parachutist that everyone believed was the beast. He then saw Jack's party and did not know about Jack splitting the group up so he ran down to tell everyone about the parachutist but he got an injury on his way this caused him not to be able to walk correctly. When Simon finally got there it was dark and the storm was started this got all of the boys all worked up. Simon was barley able to walk and this alongside the storm and the boys being all worked up they weren't thinking and they thought that Simon was the beast so they preformed their ritual that they do when they are killing a pig.

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.

An activity that requires a group is a team sport such as baseball there are multiple different positions that need to be filled. There is also different sections of a baseball field there is the infield where the bases and the majority of the players are and then there is the outfield where there is 3-4 people. A positive effect of being on a team/group is that you don't have to take on a big task on your own. This is sometimes a negative effect to some because they have a huge ego and want to do everything by themselves and they have issues and can't let go of their pride. A negative effect of being on a team/group is that there is not always good communication which is an imperative part of being on a team or group. This is negative because if only one person knows what he/she wants to do and everyone in the group feels this way and has different ideas then everyone is anticipating something different and then the group will not function and have conflict.

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

In my opinion it is better to have rules and agree because rules make a society. If a group of people have rules they can still hunt and kill the only difference is that the group that goes hunting only has to hunt on a schedule instead of whenever they want. Rules can keep a society from falling apart especially if everyone has a job and does their job. The only downside to rules is that if you tell someone to do something or not to do something that will only make them want to do it more. This is a downside because if you have rules and someone wants to do something bad enough they will forget the rules and break them. An example of this is when Ralph tells everyone not to go out at night and Simon snuck into his little hiding spot when he thought that nobody was paying any attention. When he did this he was spotted by a little one who woke up in the middle of the night because of a dream. "'Did anyone go out?'" "Simon stood up and Ralph looked at him in astonishment." "Simon grabbed the conch convulsively. 'I wanted - to go to a place - a place I know.'" (Golding 85).

This is not my favorite novel but I did like it because I like this type of book where someone makes a mistake which breaks the society apart such as in Suzanne Collin's novel "The Hunger Games" when the head gamemaker does not do what the president wants him to do this gives the districts hope and then a rebellion occurs. Overall my experience was similar.

I chose this picture because it represents the conflict between two of the main characters. These two characters are Jack and Ralph the conflict erupts when Jack decides that he doesn't want to be with Ralph anymore so he goes and makes his own tribe. This causes conflict because Ralph believes that because he was voted chief that he needs to stay chief and when Jack says that his tribe will have fun and go hunting regularly almost all of the people that stayed with Ralph were gone. The only ones that stayed with him was Piggy, Sam, and Eric. Piggy was killed by Jacks tribe and Simon was not aware of the split up and before he could find out about it he got injured on his way to Jacks party and while everyone was worked up from the role play of killing a pig and the storm this means that they were not thinking straight and they killed Simon. This leaves Ralph with only Sam and Eric who get captured and beaten into joining Jacks tribe which only leaves Ralph. After all of these events Jack decides to go and hunt Ralph to eliminate him as an obstacle. Jack decides to do this by having his entire tribe line up along one side of the island and then march to the other side of the island and if one person sees Ralph he is to give the signal and then the group would circle around Ralph and preform the pig hunting ritual.

Dear future student of Mrs.Lyda's,

The novel "Lord of the Flies" is a book that I had a slightly difficult time getting into but after the rest of the boys show up the book gets a lot more interesting. I feel this way because there is only two people that we know of until all of the other boys show up so there is very little dialogue and very few important events. We experienced the book in three different ways one was with a recorded reading of the book with a British reader. Another way was with Mrs.Lyda reading the book to us she read the book faster than the recording but still put emotion into reading the book. The third and final way that we experienced the book was we read the book to ourselves which had the least amount of emotion for me. My favorite form was when Mrs.Lyda was reading because she summarized pages that didn't have very much going on.

Sincerely, Cameron Mintz

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