Lord of the Flies Chapter 6

What is the beast from the air? A dead pilot has landed on the island, and his parachute harness is flapping in the wind at the top of the mountain. Samneric, on fire duty, exaggeratedly report the new beast to the rest of the boys.
What has Ralph fixed his mind on, that the others seem to think of very little? Why do they not seem to share his concern? The signal fire, smoke, and rescue obsess Ralph. Ralph appears to feel the burden of leadership and seems now more mature than most of the other boys.
Why is exploring the castle-like rock formation a scary proposition, and who does it? What is Simon’s function here? They suspect that if the beast has a home on the island, this must be the spot. Jack has previously defied Ralph on the issue of only talking if one holds the conch, hit Piggy with a “violent swing,” and claimed killing the beast “is a hunter’s job.” (Pg. 102) Ralph, happy to be relieved of the responsibilities of chief, allows Jack to lead the hunt. Simon reasons out the inconsistencies of the beast: it leaves no tracks, is slow, and must be inherent in the nature of man, rather than being an external beast.
Why does Ralph go first? He claims, after Jack blushes in fear, that “I’m chief. I’ll go.” (Pg. 104)
Ralph insists they check the mountaintop for the beast and relight the fire. What is it that the other boys want to do? The others want to play in the castle or go back to the camp.
Everyone wants to be rescued, so why do the other boys not work harder at it? They are kids and they act like kids. Immediate gratification has a higher priority than working toward a goal. Play is more fun than work. The basic reason, though, is that they are fearful of what they might find just around the curve.
At the beginning of the chapter, what do Ralph and Simon carry back to the shelter before they go to sleep? a littlun
As the boys sleep, what is going on in the sky above the island? airplanes are fighting a fierce battle
Why don’t any of the boys notice the event in the sky? Samneric were supposed to be on watch but fell asleep and all of the rest of the boys were asleep
During the night, what drifts down from the sky? a dead pilot in a parachute
What make a flapping noise at night when the wind blows? a parachute from the dead pilot
What casts fearful shadows on the ground below? the dead pilot, as the wind rocks him back and forth
What do Samneric see as they wake up and build up the fire? the light flickering on and off of the dead pilot
What do Samneric mistake this object for? the beast
When Ralph calls for a meeting, what do Samneric tell the others? the beastie chased and attacked them
How do the boys respond to this? they organize an expedition to search the island for monsters
Who remains behind when the boys leave? Piggy and Ralph
What do the boys who leave take with them? sharpened wooden spears
Who leads the search for the beast? Jack
Which of the following describes a part of the island that the boys have never before explored? a thin walkway that leads to a hill dotted with small caves
Who is the only one to explore this bit of land? Ralph
For the person who continues to explore, what change occurs as he goes at it on his own? he becomes more confident and brave
Who joins Ralph in the cave? Jack
What happens between the two of them in the cave? they begin to feel the old bond between them rekindle
As time goes by, the boys on the expedition begin to get sidetracked and start doing what? playing games and pushing rocks into the ocean
When Ralph scolds them, what do the boys do? they grumble, but get back to the task
What does the sighting of the “Beast” do to Ralph’s authority? – it shifts more attention to Jack’s leadership- it decreases Ralph’s emphasis on civilization- it increases the boys’ savage nature
True or False In chapter 5 Ralph’s leadership is stronger false
In this chapter, what theme is an extension of the boys struggle with the conflict between civilization and savagery on the island? the broader conflict of World War
What falls from the exploded plane? The corpse of a parachutist
Why is Ralph reluctant to blow the conch shell? He doesn’t want to alert the beast
What do Samneric mistake for the “beastie”? the airmans corpse
True or False: Ralph admits to Jack that he is scared True
What does Jack want to do with the boulders they find? Roll them across the bridge when enemies attack
What is the “beast from air”? How is it appropriate that the boys mistake it for a beast—what connection does it have with the novel’s themes, and what does it symbolize? The “beast from air” is a parachutist hanging dead from a tree where his chute got stuck when he fell. The boys believed the parachutist was the beast because of the shadows the body cast as it moved up and down in the breeze.
What does Sam and Eric’s description of the beast tell us about human psychology? “It was furry. There was something moving behind its head–wings. the beast moved too—” “that was awful. It kind of sat up—” “There were eyes—” “Teeth—” “Claws–” “The beast followed us—” “I saw it slinking behind the trees—.” Human psychology, especially in children tends to imagine the worst/ scariest scenario possible.
How does Ralph overcome Jack‟’ challenge during the discussion about what to do about the beast? Ralph gets every one on his side by reminding them about the fire and why its important to keep the fire going, and since Jack has no one on his side he listens to Ralph.
What significant thoughts does Simon have about the beast while the boys are walking to the “castle”? Simon ends the beast discussion in an attempt to offer what he felt was an explanation. I feel that this is more accurate than Piggy’s comment about how the fear and paranoia the boys have is all in their head. Taking it one step further, Simon suggests that they themselves are the beast rather than it being anything else. However, no one comprehends the idea that it is a thing from within that is “mankind’s essential illness”. (Chp.5, pg.77)
Why do you think Ralph doesn’t really expect to encounter the beast? He believes that there is still no beast, despite the encounter the twins had with him. He doesn’t want to believe in the beast until he sees it for himself. I mean, how can you believe in something that you have never even seen before? Ralph probably thinks the twins are lying (even though it is clear that they are not). Ralph must know that something is on the island, because at that meeting, even though he saw it, he neglected to tell anyone that the little boy with the birthmark on his face has been gone ever since their first meeting. So, there has to be something on the island.
How do most of the boys react to their discovery of the “castle”? What foreshadowing takes place at the end of the chapter?
What is the “beast from air”? How is it appropriate that the boys mistake it for a beast—what connection does it have with the novel‟s themes, and what does it symbolize? The “beast from air” is a dead parachutist from the war overhead, over the island. The boys easily appropriated the parachutist for the beast because of the shadows the body of the parachutist was moving up and down along with the parachute in the breeze which casted a scary shadow on the mountain side. Textual evidence: ” When the breeze blew, the lines would strain taunt and some accident of this pull kited the bead and chest upright so that the figure seemed to peer across the brow of the mountain.” This dead parachutist is connected back to the war that the boys were facing back home in England. This death symbolizes the violence of the savages not only on the island, but also in the world around the young boys homeland.
How do most of the boys react to their discovery of the “castle”? What foreshadowing takes place at the end of the chapter? Most of the boys aren’t listening to orders by telling Ralph that they want to stay at the “castle”. They want to stay and make a fort but Ralph don’t think its a good place to have a fort. Most of the boys are immature and aren’t responsible like Ralph. They just want to have fun and roll rocks down the mountain. They don’t realize how important the fire is to their rescue.
What excuses does Ralph give to let Piggy stay behind when the other boys go hunt for the Beast? He tells them Piggy should look after the littluns.
What is Golding saying about the outside world when he sends this “sign” down to the island? The sign which is the paratrooper, is dead. Suggesting that civilization is dead to the boys. Their civilization is dying.
What is Ralph’s opinion of his appearance as Ch. 7 begins? What does this feeling indicate? (use a direct citation on this one)
6. Simon says twice to Ralph, “You’ll get back all right.” Is there a reason he singles Ralph out, rather than saying, “We’ll ALL get back all right?”
7. Robert says, “You want a real pig…because you’ve got to kill him” and Jack replies, “Use a littlun.” Thoughts?!
8. Ralph asks Jack why Jack hates him. Why does Jack hate Ralph?
Why do you think Golding lets the author know at the outset that it is the pilot and his parachute, not a beast that the boys find? Would there not have been greater suspense if the reader knew no more than the boys?

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