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  • Notes on Lord of the Flies
    Themes:
    The Need for Social Order
    Power
    Vision
    Fear of the Unknown
    Loss of Identity
    Loss of Innocence
  • Notes on Lord of the Flies
    The Need for Social Order
    The boys are separated from civilization
    They attempt to create their own form of order and government
    Without someone to enforce the rules, the boys fail to observe their own rules
    The boys eventually abandon the rules of civilization
    Without social order, the boys commit acts of savagery and murder
  • Notes on Lord of the Flies
    Power
    To Ralph, power is democratic
    The conch becomes a symbol of power
    To Jack, power is authoritarian
    Jack treats the members of his choir cruelly
    The littluns begin to exercise power of small creatures
    Roger enjoys unrestrained power
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  • Notes on Lord of the Flies
    Vision
    Mirages impair the boy’ vision
    Although Piggy’s vision is poor, he can see most clearly what they need to do to survive
    Piggy is blind to the reality that evil exists in the boys themselves
    Simon has the clearest vision of the true nature of evil on the island
    Only Simon sees the “Lord of the Flies”
    Only Simon goes to the mountaintop to see the beast clearly in the daylight.
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  • Notes on Lord of the Flies
    Fear of the Unknown
    The boys are afraid because they do not know where they are, why their plane crashed, or what will happen if they are not rescued.
    The littluns fear the beastie or snake-like thing that comes in the dark
    The bigguns fears beasts that are still unknown
    “The Beast” – Snake-like thing – the dead parachutist – The Lord of the Flies – Simon - The boys themselves
  • Notes on Lord of the Flies
    Loss of Identity
    The boys begin to lose their individual identities: littluns, bigguns, samneric
    The choir becomes hunters
    The mask allows the boys to become someone else
    Jack’s followers become a savage tribe
    Ralph has difficulty remember he is the leader and why rescue is important
    Percival forgets his own name
  • Notes on Lord of the Flies
    Loss of Innocence
    Ralph’s faith in democracy is shattered
    Following the rules offers no protection
    Piggy’s belief in fairness is proven false
    Violence takes the lives of three boys
    The boys come to accept the notion that the world is not completely good
  • Notes on Lord of the Flies
    The Symbol of the Shell
    The shell symbolizes power and order on the island
    The boy holding the shell has the floor to speak at assemblies
    When the shell is shattered, any semblance of order is gone