Lord of the Flies Chapter 5 – Beast from Water

How has Ralph changed? He no longer sees his job as a leader as a sport or fun. He sees it as a serious responsibility, and it seems to tire him out at this point. He longs for civilization more than anyone but Piggy.
Who does Ralph blame for letting the fire go out? The hunters
How does Jack deal with the fear? Jack, while he denies the existence of a beast, implies that if there were one, he, as a hunter, would kill it.
What does Piggy represent in his speech at the assembly? Piggy, now half blind, stands for rules, intelligence, science, and order, which are in tatters.
The second littlun has lost his connection to the previous world. What does this precipitate? The rest of the littluns begin to cry with Percival. Then he reveals that “the beast comes out of the sea.” (Pg. 88) This is a moment that will haunt the boys. The sea itself surrounds them, is mysterious, prevents their rescue, and holds too much unknown for them to deal with intelligently. If a terror comes from the water, it must be powerful.
What theme does Simon express at the meeting? What is the reaction? Simon, struggling to find the words, states that the beast is real. Ralph is astonished, but Simon then comes to the conclusion that “maybe it’s only us.” (Pg. 89)
The meeting breaks down in confusion and fear. Jack defies the rules and starts talking without having the conch. When Ralph shouts to Jack, “You’re breaking the rules,” Jack responds, “Who cares?” What is Ralph’s response? Ralph knows that “the rules are the only thing we’ve got”‘ (Pg. 91)
What does Ralph mean by that comment and why is it significant? The rules “are the only thing we’ve got” to keep the island society together as a unit. Without the rules there seems to be only anarchy as the behavior of the boys at the assembly seems to reveal.
What is Ralph’s dilemma? If he tries to establish order by blowing the symbol of authority, the conch, and no one responds, they are doomed; if he does not blow the conch, they are doomed anyway.
Why does Piggy desperately want Ralph to stay on as chief? He fears what Jack would do to him if Ralph stepped down as chief.
Find an example of irony dealing with adults on page 94. One of the three boys, Ralph, Piggy, or Simon, says, “they wouldn’t quarrel” This statement is a perfect example of “dramatic irony.” The adults on the planet are engaged in a nuclear war; the children are merely, at this point, arguing among themselves.
In what sense are Ralph, Piggy and Simon in conflict with the rest of the boys? They are voices of reason trying to re-establish a society that will result in their working together to be saved. The rest of the boys cannot seem to get this picture.
In this assembly, Ralph acts like the leader he is, but what does he feel that he lacks? He realizes that Piggy is a better thinker than he is.
True or False: Ralph cannot or will not assure the boys that the beast does not exist False
Where does Ralph decree shall be the only place where fire is allowed? On the mountaintop
Who makes a strong case that the beast could not possibly exist? Piggy
What does Ralph identify as a primary distraction during their meetings? The littluns bouncing on a springy log
Why does Ralph choose an easy path of firm ground to return to the platform to call and assembly? So he could concentrate on his thinking rather than walking.
What is Ralph discovering that he dislikes about the way he is living? He dislikes his new life. He also hates his dirty, worn-out clothes because they are becoming uncomfortable. He also hates the dirt and stuff he has to constantly flick out of his hair and eyes.
How does Piggy show disapproval as Ralph’s assembly is called? Piggy stands outside of the triangle.
What four complaints does Ralph bring up at the hastily called assembly? Not enough drinking water, everyone should help build shelters, littleuns, need to go to the bathroom in the right spot, they can’t let the fire go out again.
Littlun Phil reports he saw something at night in the jungle. What was it? Phil reports that he saw something big and horrid in the trees of the jungle, which turned out to be Simon going to his spot in the jungle.
What does Littlun Percival Wemys Madison reveal to the assembly? That the beast comes out from under the sea.
What rationale does Piggy give for not believing in ghosts? Quote “Things wouldn’t make sense. Houses an’ streets, an’ -TV -they wouldn’t work.”
What do you think Simon means when he says, “Maybe there is a beast”? He means maybe they are the beast as they are turning on each other and becoming savages.
What is meant by “…every path was an improvisation”? He is making things up as he goes along when he really doesn’t have a plan.

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