Lord of the Flies All Questions

Why is the chapter entitled “The Sound of the Shell”? Piggy and Ralph find a conch (which is a type of shell). When Ralph blows the conch the sound attracts the attention of all the boys on the island who group together.
What is Ralph’s attitude towards Piggy in the first chapter? Ralph sees Piggy as a nuisance at first, but also realizes his usefulness. When Piggy first appears, Ralph constantly tries to walk away from him and does not answer his questions
What is the significance of Piggy’s plea to join the expedition? Piggy’s plea to join the expedition represents his desperation to “fit in” with the rest of the boys.
Why is Ralph elected chief? Ralph is elected chief because he was the first boy to call all of the others together. All of the boys feel an instinctive comfort with this person who sounded the conch.
What is the scar which is repeatedly mentioned? The scar mentioned in this story is mark on the island that the plane made when it landed or crashed.
Why is Jack unable to kill the pig? The thought of having a pig to eat is appealing when you are hungry , but the moment at which the animal is breathing in front of the hunter causes one’s morals to overtake their instincts. Jack may be a strong boy, but he can not bring himself to end a life.
What do Piggy, Simon, and the littlun with the birthmark have in common? They are all outcasts.
How is Jack presented to the reader? Jack enters the story leading a pack of boys in black cloaks in a disciplinary manner. Readers may think of him as the antagonist, for this dark image sweeps the tropical island with its negativity. Jack shows some vulnerability when he accepts his loss to Ralph, but keeps his stern authority by continuing to lead the choirboys
Why did Golding use British schoolboys? Golding had a lot of experience in dealing with schoolboys, for he was a teacher in Britain for many years. He must have witnessed many real-life situations that he was able to adapt within this story. More importantly, Golding probably used young boys in his book because they represent innocence. The acts of these children are committed purely out of instinct, for they do not have adult knowledge to base decisions on.
How is Piggy revealed as most clearly tied to the world of adults? As a result of his sheltering guardian and his exposure to difficult adult situations, Piggy is very closely tied to the world of adults.
How is Piggy indirectly responsible for the blowing of the conch? Piggy is indirectly responsible for the blowing of the conch because he told Ralph how to blow it
What question does the littlun with the birthmark raise? During one of the first meetings with all of the boys together, the littlun with a birthmark asks Ralph what he is going to do about the large beastie within the jungle.
How do Ralph and Jack answer the question about the beast? Ralph immediately tells the boys that there is no beast on the island and that there is nothing to worry about. Jack is slightly more curious claiming that he will make sure that there is no deadly creature while he is hunting. Ralph becomes annoyed with such childish thoughts and, like a good leader, stands firm in his belief that there is no beast, making the rest of the boys feel slightly better about the situation
What is the significance of the chapter’s title, “Fire on The Mountain”? This chapter is titled “Fire on The Mountain”, for the boys embark on their most important job since they have been stranded on the island: building a fire in order to catch the attention of rescuers. Also one of the first troublesome issues on the island.
How do the boys start a fire? The boys are very quick to form a massive pile of wood and leaves as a first step in building the fire, but they soon realize that they do not actually know how to start a flame. To Piggy’s dismay, Jack grabs his thick glasses and uses them to reflect the sun’s rays, successfully creating a fire.
What is the significane of the title “Huts on the Beach”? This chapter is called “Huts on the Beach”, for Ralph is beginning to realize that shelter is one of the most important issues on the island
Why does Ralph reproach Jack? Ralph criticizes Jack because the “hunters” are clearly not helping in the building of shelters in any way. Jack is spending all of his time attempting to catch a pig and, even though he has yet to be successful, he continues to commit his days to this job.Part of Ralph’s frustration comes from the fact that even the boys who begin to help him build have very short attention spans.
What two groups with different goals are emerging in chapter 3? There are two groups of older children within this book, one of which is led by Ralph and one that is led by Jack. Ralph leads a group that includes Piggy and Simon, who are truly dedicated to the wellbeing of everyone on the island and are trying desperately to make proper decisions on behalf of all of the boys. Jack’s group has become obsessed with the act of hunting
Why does Simon go to the bower? Simon’s reason for traveling into the jungle alone is unclear, but it can be presumed that he is creating a personal agenda on the island.
What is the significance of the title “Painted Faces and Long Hair”? This title describes the state of the children after quite a long while of surviving on the strange island. The words “long hair” is a hint to the reader that the time gap between the third and fourth chapter is quite significant, for the length of hair signifies the passing of time. The “painted faces” half of the title reveals its meaning in a scene in which Jack uses natural colors from charcoal and clay to camouflage himself in order to hunt a pig.
Why does Roger, throwing stones at the littluns, aim just to miss? Roger is throwing stones at his friends as a joke, for he enjoys bugging the other children, especially the littluns.There are no adults on the island who would condemn him for such an act. If he wished to, Roger could seriously injure anyone he wanted to, but the lasting effect of human morals and society’s rules are still implanted in his brain. As Golding says, ” Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins”.
What definite stand does Ralph make? Ralph makes a definite stand to Jack, by reminding him that he is chief and that everyone should do as he says. He is very upset by the fact that Jack let the fire out during an opportunity to be saved and, in an outburst of emotions, says, “I was chief; and you were going to do what I said.”
Why does Jack refuse to give Piggy meat? Jack refuses to give Piggy meat because he resents his relationship with Ralph and because he sees Piggy as an outcast. By treating Piggy poorly, Jack feels a sense of power within the group of boys, for everyone seems to enjoy watching the poor boy suffer.
What is the significance from the title “beast from the water”? This chapter is titled “Beast From Water”, for the children are continuing their discussions about a beast that possibly lives on the island. The amount of fear that fills the young children nearly convinces the older boys that such a creature may exist. The “Beast From Water” is an important aspect of the story, for it is revealing the vulnerability of everyone’s mind.
What is the paradox of the boy’s attitude toward the beast? Percival, the little boy who claims to have seen a beast, shows a paradox in his attitude toward the creature, for, at one moment, he is crying with vindication about the beast, and soon after, he is fast asleep.
Why does Ralph call a meeting? Ralph calls a meeting because he is extremely angered by the fact that Jack and his hunters let the fire out at a time when all of the boys could have potentially been saved by a passing ship. What began as a concise meeting planned by Ralph turned into chaos.
Why does Piggy dissuade Ralph from giving up his position as chief? Piggy dissuades Ralph from giving up his position as chief because Ralph is Piggy’s closest tie to authority on the island.
What is the irony of the dead parachutist landing on the mountain? The dead parachutist landing on the mountain is an ironic situation, for all of the boys have been recently frightened of a “beast” that roams the island.
Why is Simon the only one to doubt the existence of the beast? Simon doubts the existence of a beast because he is a “realist”.
Why do Ralph and Jack insist on going after the beast? Ralph insists on going after the beast because he wishes to keep the rest of the boys safe. As a good leader, he wants to defeat the creature that has caused so many problems already. Jack may be concerned about safety as well, but he is probably more excited about the beast because it provides him with another creature to kill.
Why does Jack say that they don’t need the conch any longer? Jack doesn’t believe that they need the conch any longer, for the boys are facing their most crucial battle yet – encountering the beast. In such a vital situation, Jack believes that rules are useless.
Why does Simon tell Ralph “you” will get back all right? Simply as reassurance and Golding is using this as foreshadowing.
What happens when Ralph wounds the boar? When Ralph throws his spear and wounds the boar it crashes out of the pig run and escapes. Ralph is eager to retell what happened to anyone who will listen. Jack of course has to out do Ralph by showing the boys a gash on his arm and telling how he tried to stab the boar with his spear rather than throwing the spear as Ralph had done.
What does Ralph ask Jack? “Why do you hate me?” which makes all the boys very uncomfortable?
Why do the boys run from the dead parachutist? at this point the boys had already been worried about a “beast” living on the island. so when samneric were watching the fire at night they saw the dead parachutist, with the wind blowing up the parachute and making it resemble wings. sam and eric assumed this was the “beast”, so they ran away not only in fear for themselves, but to warn the other boys who had been asleep.
Why do the boys refuse to vote for Jack as chief but all slip off to join him later? They voted for Raplh first as he was holding the conch and he had the physical appearance that the younger ones felt would protect and look after them and he had leadership.However they join Jack later on as the fear of the beast increases as they believe that Jack and the hunters will protect them from the beast.
What does Jack tell his new tribe? Jack tells his newly formed tribe that they will forget the beast, that they aren’t going to bother about it. He also tells them that they are near the end of the island where they won’t dream as much. Then Jack informs them that he wants to attract more of the biguns away from Ralph and the conch so he intends to kill a pig and hold a feast.
Why is the killing of the sow described in such detail? The killing of the sow represents the increase of savagery and the decline civilization. This sow then becomes refered to as the Lord of the Flies, as the rotting head of the pig is mounted upon a stick and manifested with flies.
What does the Lord of the Flies tell Simon? The lord of the flies tells Simon that they cannot escape him, the beast, for it is inside themselves. They are the beast. It also tells him that ‘he’ is going to have fun, and everyone will kill him.
What reason does Ralph give for the boys’ defection to Jack? That he knows he is strong enough to hunt.
What kind of leader is Jack? Jack is a dictator. He makes the decisions and expects them to be carried out exactly as he has commanded without discussion, argument or regard to anybody else.
How does Jack propose to rule without the conch? Jack rules by imposing punishments on the boys. He controls them through brutal force. The conch is a symbol of civilization. On jack’s side of the island, the conch holds no power. This is symbolic of how Jack and the other savages have lost all sense of civil behavior and have instead turned to savagery.
Why do Ralph and Piggy join the dance? Certainly Ralph and Piggy were subjected to the same fears as the other boys.They just wanted to belong.
Why is Simon’s dead body carried out to sea in terms of glorification? Simon is spiritual and a Christ figure. His death is an allusion to Jesus being sacrificed. The sea is taking his body because he was meant to be a part of nature. Acting as a halo, “the strange attendant creatures, with their fiery eyes and trailing vapors, busied themselves round his head.” (Golding 154)
What is the significance of the title “the shell and the glasses”? the conch represents civilization and power whenever the conch sounds the boys immediately runs toward it and respect whomever has it. eventually, power and civilization drops as the boys become less structured and more savage and therefore the conch loses it’s power. the glasses symbolize a key to life and existence
How is Wilfred punished? Tied up to a tree and beaten, but he is punished for no reason Jack just did it to show his authority.
How does Jack account for the death of Simon? Jack denies that they killed him, and says the beast was in disguise and it could come back disguised as something else so they need to be on lookout.
Why do Ralph and Piggy decide to visit Jack’s camp? They think it isn’t right that they stole Piggy’s glasses, and Jack and his tribe should give them back because it’s the right thing to do
What is the reaction to Jack’s tribe to Ralph’s talk of rescue? At first, they started laughing at Ralph, then they were all silent and Jack began to shout orders and took Samneric and the twins as prisoners.
What happens when Piggy holds up the conch and tries to talk? The tribe booed him, then they all became silent and when Piggy was done talking Roger let the boulder loosed, and it threw Piggy off the cliff and killed him.
Why does Roger shove his way past Jack, only just managing not to edge him aside? Roger advanced upon them as one wielding a nameless authority” this shows that Roger is becoming the authority over Jack through the violence he displays to everyone.
How does Ralph learn of Jack’s plan for him? During the evening after the death of Piggy Ralph climbed the side of Castle Rock while Samneric were on guard duty and they informed him of Jack’s plans.
What does Ralph say to the twins when they refuse to help him? He tells the twins where he is going to hide and tells them to take jack’s tribe in different direction when they come to find him
Does ralph understand why he must be killed? He argued unconvincingly that they would let him alone; perhaps even make an outlaw of him. But then the fatal unreasoning knowledge came to him again. The breaking of the conch and the deaths of Piggy and Simon lay over the island like a vapour. These painted savages would go further and further. Then there was that indefinable connection between himself and Jack; who would never let him alone; never.
What is the irony of Sam n’ Eric’s behavior? it is clear that in spirit Samneric were never part of Jack’s tribe. Along with Piggy they were the last of the biguns who remained loyal to Ralph. They were only on guard duty on castle rock because they had ben captured by Jack’s tribe and forced to join it under torture. The next morning it appears that torture was used once more to extract the location of Ralph’s planned hiding place from at least one of the twins.
How does the author describe Ralph’s flight over the island in animal terms? He writes it like a frantic fearful escape, Ralph has become like the pigs, he’s hunted down by the hunters headed by Ralph, he hides in the vines and bushes but in his case, he ultimately is rescued.
What is the irony of the fire? It is meant to kill Ralph but it ends up saving all of them.
Why is Percival unable to remember his name and address? He is unable to because it has been so long since he’s had to say it because he’s been living as a savage.
Why is Piggy’s fall emphasized? Piggys fall is emphasized because it represents the fall of man.
Why does Ralph say that he is in charge on the island? Ralph tells the naval officer that he is in charge because he was the elected leader of the boys. Jack simply declared himself leader using a combination of bribery and force but Ralph remained the only truly elected leader.
What comparision is implied at the end of the novel? At the end of chapter 12, after the arrival of the naval officer, Golding uses the reaction of the officer and the behavior of the boys to create a metaphor about the nature of man

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