Lord of the Flies
By: Jeff Bonhoff
1 Power has the ability to either improve
or corrupt it's wielder. Having power
changes anyone, for better or for worse.
1.1 Ralph became more
caring towards his group
when he had power.
1.1.1 "They talk and scream. The
Littluns. Even some of the
others. As if--" Golding 52
Ralph is worrying about his
220.127.116.11 "All this I meant to say. Now I've said it.
You voted me chief. Now you do what I
say." Golding 81 Ralph is doing what is
best for the group instead of what they
18.104.22.168.1 Ralph shows that power does not corrupt everyone, some people
have enough goodness inside them to overcome the greed and
lust for power.
1.2 Jack, upon
1.2.1 "... You Littluns started all this, with the fear of
talk. Beasts! Where from?..." Golding 82 Jack
is antagonizing the Littluns and blaming them
for everything going wrong.
22.214.171.124 "They hate you, Ralph. They're going to do you."
"They're going to hunt you tomorrow." Golding 188
The twins warn Ralph that Jack and his tribe are
going to hunt him down.
126.96.36.199.1 Jack has a very quick descent into madness after
obtaining power over Ralph, which shows that he has
become animalistic in his obsession of dominance.
1.3 Roger transformed from
being a bully, to
becoming a murderer.
1.3.1 "Roger lead the way straight through the castles, kicking
them over, burying the flowers, scattering the chosen
stones." Golding 60 Roger is being a bully simply
because he enjoys it, and he can do so without
188.8.131.52 "Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment,
leaned all his weight on the lever." Golding 180
Roger deliberately dropped the boulder down, killing
184.108.40.206.1 Roger became a murderer when he joined Jack's group and it became good
for him to be one. Ralph would never have allowed him to do something like
that. The fear that he radiates gives him power over most of the other savages.
2 The only thing to fear is fear itself. Fear
creates the problem not solves it.
2.1 Simon's encounter with the
Lord of the Flies
2.1.1 "There isn't anyone to help you. Only
me. And I'm the Beast." Stated the
Lord of the Flies. "Pig's head on a
stick." Stated Simon" Golding 143
220.127.116.11 The only way to actually "defeat" the Beast is to let
it overcome you and realize there was no Beast in
the first place.
2.1.2 "Fancy thinking the Beast was
something you could hunt and
kill!" said the head" Golding 143
18.104.22.168 This represents that you cannot kill the beast, even if
they killed something, they would still see things they
thought was the beast.
2.2 The Littluns and the Beast
2.2.1 "Now he says it was a beastie."
"Beastie?" "A snake-thing. Ever so big.
He saw it." Golding 35 The first Littlun to
complain about the Beast.
22.214.171.124 This is an example of something small having large repercussions in
the future. If this Littlun had not mentioned the Beast or if nobody
believed him, the entire ordeal of the island could have been spared.
2.2.2 "... then I saw something moving
among the trees, something big and
horrid." Golding 85 Phil, a Littlun,
describes his encounter with the
126.96.36.199 The Beast that Phil sees is actually Simon, this
symbolizes that the Beast is actually people or rather,
inside most people.
2.3 Piggy's fear of Jack's group.
2.3.1 "Piggy asked no names. He was
intimidated by this uniformed superiority
and the offhand authority in
Merridew's/Jack's voice." Golding 20-21
188.8.131.52 Piggy is afraid of Jack before he becomes
a savage, suggesting he knows something
the others do not.
2.3.2 "I'm scared of him," said Piggy, "and that's why I
know him. If you're scared of someone you hate him
but you can't stop thinking about him. You kid yourself
he's all right really, an' then when you see him again;
it's like asthma an' you can't breathe." Golding 93
184.108.40.206 Unlike most of the characters in this novel, Piggy has
a rational fear, which comes true. He also mentions
that there is nothing to fear unless we fear people,
which is what it comes to at the end.
3 The nature of any society depends on
the morality of its members. People in
a group define the nature of the group.
3.1 Ralph's group has a good willed
nature, it also has good morals
3.1.1 "They stole it. We'd have given them fire if they'd asked."
Golding 170 Ralph's group was willing to give Jack's group fire
even after they killed Simon.
220.127.116.11 The group doesn't think Jack as their enemy,
even though he hates them. This shows that
Ralph is the better person because he doesn't
3.1.2 "I wasn't scared," said Ralph slowly, "I was- I
don't know what I was" Golding 156
18.104.22.168 Ralph and his group feel really guilty about Simon's death,
while Jack's group thinks nothing of it. Ralph realizes the
power of group influence, if a group is doing something, people
who aren't part of it will join in even
3.2 Jack's group has a chaotic nature,
the group's morals hardly exist at all.
3.2.1 "Kill the Beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood! Do
him in!" Golding 152 Jack's Hunters chant this
while they murder Simon who they think is the
22.214.171.124 The Hunters killing Simon represents the Hunters
killing the remaining goodness left in themselves.
3.2.2 "He's going to beat Wilfrid." "What
for?" "I don't know. He didn't say. He
got angry and made us tie Wilfrid
up." Golding159 Roger and Robert
discuss what happened to Wilfrid.
126.96.36.199 If Jack is going to violently beat
Wilfrid for some reason, it shows that
he cannot use reason, only violence,
to solve problems.
3.3 The wandering Littluns have a
neutral nature, they do as they
3.3.1 "...they waited for two minutes, then they fell in the sea;
they went in the forest; they just scattered
everywhere." Golding 46 Piggy states that he has no
control over the Littluns
188.8.131.52 The Littluns define innocence on the
island, they do whatever they want with no
idea as to the consequences.
3.3.2 Below them, boys were still labouring,
though some of the Littluns had lost
interest." Golding 39
184.108.40.206 The Littluns won't pay attention for any long period of
time, even if it means they might be rescued. This
symbolises that some of the Littluns might not even want
to go home.
4 Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York:
Putnam Publishing Group, 1954. Novel.