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Lord of the Flies Notes


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These do not necessarily make sense out of context, but if you were paying attention in class, this should stir some memories of what we talked about and hopefully give you some good ideas!

These do not necessarily make sense out of context, but if you were paying attention in class, this should stir some memories of what we talked about and hopefully give you some good ideas!

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  • 1. Moody Language
  • 2. Mood
    • SCAR
    WITCH-LIKE CRY TORN DECAYING SKULL-LIKE DAZZLING DANCED AND SHATTERED GOLDEN LIGHT long, grinding roar swathing mirages wrestling brilliant attacked attacked threatening weight ill-omened SHADOWS vivid phantoms warmer than his blood
  • 3. Characters
  • 4. far...
  • 5. Ralph
    • careless and a little stuck up?
    • Builds shelters for everyone
    • likes to be in charge and being nekkid
    • blonde, twelve, not in “awkward teen” stage yet
    • dad is in the Navy so he could swim since age five
    • ALMOST feels bad for Piggy.
    • He’s the CHIEF: everyone listens to him
    • Two-faced? Nice to Piggy at the beginning, now he’s not very nice to him
  • 6. Piggy
    • Festively plump
    • Pale
    • Can’t swim
    • Intelligent & Polite
    • Parents both died
      • Lived w/ auntie- fed him tons of candy
      • Gets picked on
      • Insecure about his weight
      • Right almost ALL the time - but nobody listens to him!
      • Misunderstood
  • 7. Jack
    • Tall, thin and bony with red hair & freckles
    • Not very attractive
    • Strong-willed and longs for power
    • Lead choir boy
    • Wants to be alpha male
    • Wants to seek, kill, destroy: bloodlust
    • Crude
    • Not very moral
    • No rules! Boooooooooo!
  • 8. Simon
    • Shy and sensitive
    • Friendly
    • Likes to be included/accepted
    • On the smaller side
    • Nervous in front of a croud
    • Goes off into the woods by himself to empty space
    • Helps the littluns; nice and caring
  • 9. Roger
    • Dark Mood
    • Keeps to himself
    • Kind of mysterious
  • 10. Sam & Eric
    • So close that they are usually treated as one person: Samneric
    • They look and do everything the same
    • They’re enthusiastic
    • Didn’t keep the fire going
  • 11. “Littluns”
    • Afraid and confused
    • Don’t speak up most of the time
    • Want their parents
  • 12. What do we know?
    • Plane crash - fire, storm
    • Piggy thinks they were shot down
    • Appears deserted
    • Late 1940’s-ish (post WWII)
  • 13. What don’t we know?
    • Were they shot down?
    • Was home hit by an atom bomb?
  • 14.  
  • 15. By Sam Weber
  • 16.  
  • 17.  
  • 18. How does the author tell us about the characters? Think Say Feel Do What do others say?
  • 19.  
  • 20. What is an Interior Monologue? A narrative of exactly what’s going on in a character’s head
  • 21. What makes it difficult? It’s hard to reproduce authentic “thought”.
  • 22. If you do it TOO well, it stops making sense
  • 23. Character Frightened or worried? Lost love? Paranoia? What’s haunting his thoughts? A crime he is about to commit? Traumatic event witnessed that day? Insecurities? Outward appearance vs. Inner Thoughts
  • 24. Read Around:
    • Student’s name who is speaking
    • Character they chose
    • Two things you like/thought were interesting about their monologue
    • One thing that wasn’t in the book
    • At the very end:
      • What piece of the iceburg did you see? What do you understand about what’s going on “behind the words” that you didn’t understand before?
  • 25. Metacognition Stick with me now...
  • 26. You Have Your Own Experience! Valid Reading + Your purposes, mood & background experiences = MEANING
  • 27. Same reading, different results! different results! Ashley: a + b = c Doug: a + f = r Miss Adsit: a + m = h Miss Adsit 1999: a + g = l
  • 28.
    • What was happening in your head while that happened? (Metacognitive thinking)
    • What did you think was going to happen next? (Predict and anticipate)
    • What clues did that conversation give you about my personality (assuming it was real)? (Making judgements about characters and character actions)
    • Did that conversation remind you of any other teachers or adults? (Building meaning through accumulated clues)
  • 29. “ Carrying a stick sharpened into a makeshift spear, Jack trails a pig through the thick jungle, but it evades him. Irritated, he walks back to the beach...” Really Insightful, SparkNotes
  • 30. “ We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything. So we’ve got to do the right things.” - Jack
  • 31. Themes What is the author trying to tell you?
  • 32. Despicable Me
  • 33. Shrek
  • 34. Spiderman
  • 35. Characters:
    • Jack - Demi
    • Ralph
    • Jack - Part 2 - Stephan
    • Roger
    • Simon - Kristen?
    • Lord of the Flies: Nathan
    • Pi
  • 36. Themes
    • Savagery vs. Civilization
    • The Nature of Evil (and the fear of it)
    • Man vs. Nature
    • Dehumanizing Relationships
    • Rules and Order
    • Power
    • Identity
    • Loss of Innocence
    • Individualism vs. Community
  • 37.  
  • 38. With the themes... Write down five themes, where you found them in the chapter, and why you think that your example fits with that theme.
  • 39. Chapter Eleven: Castle Rock
  • 40. Allegory
  • 41. Allegory A story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
  • 42. Allegorical Symbols
    • Ralph [civilization, leadership, order, democracy] and Jack [lust for power, savagery]:
    • Roger [evil, savagery, cruelty] and Piggy [friendship, loyalty, order, civilization]:
    • The conch [democracy, rules & order] and Lord of the Flies [evil at the heart of man]:
    • The hunt [the individuals] and the shelters [community]:
    • The beast [evil at the heart of man]:
    • Samneric [unity, community]:
  • 43. Chapter Eleven We will read through while searching for allegorical symbols and how they are used. When I ask a question, don’t answer- just think of a response. After a few moments I will call on someone. Take notes in your own way. You will be graded on participation and completion at the end of the period.
  • 44. life appears, dignified and capable, but in reality enmeshed in the same evil as the symbolic life of the children on the island. The officer, having interrupted a man-hunt, prepares to take the children off the island in a cruiser which will presently be hunting its enemy in the same implacable way. And who will rescue the adult and his cruiser?