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					Lord of the Flies

      notes
                    Power

• Ralph’s leadership based on democracy
• Ralph makes references to the conch which is
  a symbol of order.
• He is elected as the leader.
• Jack tries to undermine Ralph so that he can
  exercise authoritarian power. He uses his knife
  as a symbol of his power.
• Jack treats the members of his choir without
  mercy.
             Power continued

• Piggy has knowledge – which is power. That is
  why Jack doesn’t like him
• Fear has power over the boys.
           Fear of the unknown
• The boys are fearful because they don’t know where
  they are.
• They fear what will happen if they are not rescued.
• The littluns fear the beastie. In darkness, the boys
  fear beasts that are still unknown.
• They fear being alone – no parents, grown ups.
• They are afraid of their fear. They don’t understand it
  or know what to do about it.
• Fear of anarchy (loss of order and control)
                 Point of View
• Golding shifts from presenting the points of view of
  individual characters to presenting the point of view
  of an omniscient (all knowing) narrator.
• Ralph – he sees the island as a great place to play.
• Simon – he describes the island and the other boys
  poetically and insightfully. He appreciates beauty.
• Piggy – He sees everything with logic and order.
• Omniscient narrator – he explains what none of the
  boys understands.
                    Symbols

• Conch – democratic power
• Beastie – fear; the evil in all of us
• Huts – civilization, home
• Clothing – civilization
• Fire – warmth, comfort, rescue AND death,
  destruction
• Spectacles – sight, foresight
• Scar – man’s destruction
           Characters as symbols
•   Ralph – law, order, responsibility
•   Jack – anarchy, lawlessness
•   Piggy – knowledge
•   Roger – evil, satan
•   Simon – pure goodness, Christ figure

				
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