"Lord of the Flies"
Lord of the Flies Notes: Chapter 2: Fire on the Mountain Ralph calls another assembly, reminds everyone that they are completely alone/no adults. Jack recounts failure in killing pig and reiterates the need for skilled hunters. Several rules are made up, "whoever holds the conch gets to speak." Unnamed littl'un with a birthmark on his face tells about a "beastie" that he saw. The consensus from the others is that there is no such thing, it must be his imagination. Ralph suggests making signal fire, necessary if they hope to get rescued. Boys gather wood to build a fire. Unsure of how to light it, grab Piggy's specs. Not careful, fire is engulfing half the forest near the mountain. The little boy with the birthmark is noticed to be missing, swallowed up by the raging fire. Piggy thinks the boys are acting like little children (they are children, obviously, but Piggy acts like the adult figure). He cites their irresponsibility in dealing with the fire. Jack also shows signs of violence when he argues with Ralph about the fire, and claims, "The conch doesn't count on the mountain!" 3: Huts on the Beach Jack busy tracking pig at start of chapter, Simon and Ralph are constructing huts Ralph complains no other boys are helping them with shelters, but Jack tries to argue that hunting is more important; expands into another argument between Ralph and Jack Jack again brings up hunting, Ralph presses that keeping the signal fire is more important than hunting. Jack disagrees, and the boys continue on their path of mutual dislike Ignorant to the fussing of the other boys, Simon picks fruit for the littl'uns and makes way into jungle finding a clearing. Climbs onto a mat of creepers, remains there; enjoys the tranquility, in touch with nature Jack is solely concerned with hunting Ralph and Jack are really beginning to fight in this chapter foreshadows more future conflicts Simon's actions present him as a very good, peaceful and helpful character, in contrast with many others Chapter 4: Painted Faces and Long Hair Roger, knocking down sand structures made by littl'uns, throwing rocks, intentionally missing. Jack calls Roger, asking him to watch him paint his face for hunting pigs Ralph/other boys swimming in the bathing pool, when smoke from a ship is spotted in the distance. The signal fire was out/not being watched Jack/hunters proudly marching carrying first kill, convey their excitement to Ralph. Ralph yells that a ship passed and no fire, excuses are made and Jack tries to say that hunting is of utmost importance. Jack hits Piggy, breaking and knocking off his specs Fire is lit again, pig is roasted, everyone eats. The hunters reenact hunt, with a wild tribal dance and one boy (Maurice) being the pig; first time of many that the dance is performed Roger's first showing of aggression foreshadows his becoming evil and sadistic Jack's invitation to watch him paint his face is the start of their "evil friendship." Jack's mask of face paint represents a cover that he can hide behind Jack still does not understand Ralph's concern with the fire, doesn't seem to care much for getting rescued The primal dance performed by the hunters highlights their transition into savagery Chapter 5: Beast From Water Another assembly, Ralph mentions that work isn't getting done, rules aren't being followed. "...we ought to die before we let the fire out." Littl’uns, preoccupied with Beast, believe is some kind of animal Jack says there is no beast and Piggy says that a beast can't exist in a world w/science (logical reasoning) Simon returns from his peaceful area Littl'un says there's a "Beast from the water," which is further debated Simon tries to settle matter by saying that there may be a beast, but that "What I mean is…maybe it's only us." This is responded w/ mocking/joking During assembly, Jack brings up that Ralph isn't a good chief, because he can't hunt or sing. Piggy/others are against idea, but Jack is starting to become more savage/overpowering. Assembly falls apart and hunters begin to chant/dance Simon only one to realize that there isn't any "beast," but just a force of evil or savagery inside all of them The boys beginning to split, those that support Ralph and those that support Jack. The conflict between them is continuing to build Chapter 6: Beast From Air A man from shot-down fighter plane parachutes down from the sky. Man is dead, body and parachute float up to island, snagging on rocks. Wind grabs parachute, lifting body up and down Seen by Sam & Eric. Run to tell about "Beast from the Air," an assembly is called. Most everyone thinks they are in grave danger and Jack suggests they go hunt it Jack, Ralph, and a group of hunters set out to get the Beast, while Piggy stays at beach with the littl'uns They first check Castle Rock, never been before Find nothing, Jack thinks the place would be a great fort, and he and his hunters heave a large boulder off a ledge. They decide to continue to the mountain to look for the Beast Fighter plane being shot down at the beginning symbolizes war going on in the real world and links boys and their island. Jack's intrigue with Castle Rock foreshadows his future use of the location Chapter 7: Shadows and Tall Trees Ralph thinks about their appearance/dirtiness Simon sees Ralph staring out to sea and repeatedly reassures - they will get home safely Jack, finds traces of a boar, they begin to hunt. Ralph manages to hit it with his spear, but animal escapes Another tribal dance, w/Robert as the Pig. Unlike before, Ralph participates and their acting becomes overly realistic, striking/hurting Robert Finally, move on towards the mountain, sends Simon back to tell Piggy/won't be back soon Jack scales the mountain and reports a sighting of a moving creature. Believe to be the Beast (the body being lifted by the parachute) Simon's reassurance of their rescue strengthens his position as a positive and good character Ralph, on the other hand, showed his faltering in blocking his inherent savagery when he joined the pig hunt/dance. Even to Ralph, "the desire to squeeze and hurt was overmastering." Chapter 8: Gift for the Darkness Piggy is told about the encounter. Jack calls assembly, insists that Beast is threat that should be hunted. Ralph upsets him when he calls his hunters cowards Jack asks if anyone thinks Ralph shouldn't be chief. Nobody responds, he asks for anyone to come with him. Most of the older boys decide to go off w/Jack, except for Ralph, Simon, Piggy and Sam & Eric Jack's tribe begins to hunt, come across a sow and baby piglets near Simon's area. They attack & kill mother sow, while piglets escape. The head is severed/put on stick, gift for Beast Jack realizes they'll need fire to cook, they raid Ralph's camp stealing flaming log and invite them to feast. Ralph maintains that the fire is more important, but has to be reminded why by Piggy Simon encounters Pig's head, manages to start talking to the thing, in his imagination. The black cloud of flies coating the head causes it to now be called "The Lord of the Flies" The Lord of the Flies says "I'm part of you...We're going to have fun on this island." It continues to say that if Simon tries to talk to the others about the Beast, that he will be killed by everyone, including Ralph and Piggy. After taking this all in, Simon feels a faint coming on and collapses. Chapter 9: A View to a Death Storm raging on island, Simon finally wakes up from faint. Staggers towards beach to tell the other boys about ordeal Piggy and Ralph decided to check out roasting of Pig, Jack asks everyone to confirm their loyalty. Ralph tries to persuade them, most of the boys are already overcome by Jack Ralph tries to talk some sense into them. Jack orders boys to begin dance. Roger plays pig, as the boys begin dancing Piggy and Ralph feel strong lure to be part of the group, take part in primal ritual. Dance escalates into real attacking, they are distracted by a figure emerging from jungle They call out that "it's the Beast!" and begin to attack it. Beaten/dead body of Simon, carried out to sea Chapter 10: The Shell and the Glasses SamnEric collecting wood for fire, Ralph & Piggy discuss murder of Simon; rest of boys pledge loyalty to Jack. Piggy claims was accident and got all caught up Jack guarding his fort/Castle Rock, Roger is ready to use lever to drop a boulder on intruders. Jack has a boy tied up/beaten, no reason except to show what happens if anyone gets in his way His savagery is obvious, his face is always painted Ralph pondering over watching fire, he always has to be reminded that fire is necessity. Ralph tries to reassure twins that they are right and Jack is wrong They are woken up by unusual sounds/fear it may be Beast, turns out to be Jack/tribe searching for fire They break into shelter, begin to fight for Piggy's glasses, cutting and knocking teeth loose Chapter 11: Castle Rock Ralph calls assembly, Piggy, the twins and a few littluns only ones to attend. Ralph suggests to go to Jack and demand specs back, since they are not savages and rescue is not just a game Ralph and SamnEric set off carrying spears, leading Piggy holding conch At Castle Rock, Roger orders boys to halt, but Ralph blows conch. Jack laughs at request to return specs, they fight. Jack then orders his tribe to grab SamnEric and tie them up Piggy speaks up, asking everyone if it is better to have rules and agree or to hunt and kill. Everyone remains silent/hears his message. Roger slams the lever holding the boulder and kills Piggy Jack is a bit surprised with Roger's quick and brutal action, but he assures Ralph that it will happen to him next. Ralph begins to run away and tribe eventually gives up pursuit under Jack's order Chapter 12: Cry of the Hunters Ralph in jungle near Castle Rock SamnEric are guarding Castle Rock Inform Ralph that Jack's tribe will hunt him and have killed, "…sharpened a stick at both ends" Ralph tells SamnEric of hiding spot. Scared by Jack's power, SamnEric tell Jack about Ralph's hiding spot Another boulder is rolled down, but misses smashing Ralph. Attempts of getting Ralph from his hiding spot are unsuccessful, they set the entire area on fire Ralph runs from fire, makes way to Simon's mat of creepers where he hides. They reach Ralph's hiding spot and Roger looks in. Ralph attacks him, knocking him over continued running to beach Running, almost crashed into Naval officer, who was attracted by fire and smoke Assumes that their stay on island must've been all "fun and games," is surprised at spears and face paint on boys. Some are crying, many are confused. The officer is told that two boys were killed and everyone is taken to a Navy cruiser