Lord of the flies reading notes

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CH. 3

  • “Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless outstretched hands.” Pg 61.

  • “He squatted down, parted the leaves and looked out into the clearing. Nothing moved but a pair of gaudy butterflies that danced round each other in the hot air.” Pg 62.

  • “The whole space was walled with dark aromatic bushes, and was a bowl of heat and light.” Pg 61. Kind and generous nature…. Simon escapes the conflict of Jack and Ralph

  • “People don’t help much,” He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.” Pg. 59.

  • “The forest and he were very still.” Jack—something threatening about stillness

  • “They were bright blue, eyes that in this frustration seemed bolting and nearly mad.” Shows jack’s craze. Pg 52

  • “Uncommunicative forest.” Something mysterious about the forest. Pg 53

  • Forest—symbolism??

  • “The silence of the forest was more oppressive than the heat.”Pg 53

  • “Harsh cry that seemed to come out of the abyss of ages.” Something about human nature that has been constant forever. Pg 53

  • “He passed like a shadow under the darkness of the tree.” Jack—pg 53

  • “Masses of creepers that lay across the trail.” Jack—pg 53

  • “From the pig-run came the quick, hard patter of hoofs, a castanet sound, seductive, maddening.” Killing is seductive..Bloodlust. Jack—pg 53

  • “He did not notice Jack even when he saw him.” Ralph—pg 54

  • “All day I’ve been working with Simon….No one else…They’re off bathing, or eating, or playing” Theme?? – pg 55

  • “When the meeting was over they’d work for five minutes then wander off or go hunting.” Why does this happen in society?? Public image?? Lie to them to be relieved of responsibility. – pg 55

  • “He tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up.” Jack—pg 55. Difficulty with expressing himself.

  • “The madness came into his eyes again.” Ralph describing Jack—pg 55

  • “But you haven’t yet.” Ralph challenging Jack—pg 55

  • Jack is devoted to hunting and driven by pride and Ralph is devoted to shelters and driven by hope and kindness.

  • “As if it wasn’t a good island.” Simon—pg 56

  • “As if…The beastie, the beastie or the snake thing, was real. Remember?” Simon—pg 56. Not ashamed to say it by now. Ralph and Jack flinch and are ashamed.

  • “Snakes were not mentioned now, were not mentionable.” –pg 57

  • “Remembering the glamour of the first day.” –pg 57. Returning to idealistic time.

  • “Jack drew up his legs, clasped his knees, and frowned in an effort to attain clarity. Jack—pg 57

  • “Theres nothing in it of course. Just a feeling. But you can feel as If you’r not hunting, but being hunted; as if something’s behind you all the time in the jungle,” Jack—pg 57

  • “Jack had to think for a moment before he could remember what rescue was.” –pg58

  • “He snatched up his spear and dashed it into the ground. The opaque, mad look came into his eyes again.” Jack—pg 58

  • “Ralph looked at him critically through his tangle of fair hair.”—pg 58

  • “He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.” Ralph—pg 59. Disillusionment.

  • “He’s queer, He’s funny.” Ralph saying about Simon –pg59. Simon goes off by himself and is quiet/ independent. A visionary that is rejected…Allegory of the cave.

  • Irony. Jack appears strong and is recognized for it, but he isn’t in reality. Simon appears weak but he is actually very independent and brave.

  • “They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling unable to communicate.” Jack and Ralph—pg 60

  • “He was a small, skinny boy, his chin pointed, and his eyes so bright they had deceived Ralph into thinking him delightfully gay and wicked.” Jack—pg 60

  • “And the creepers shivered throughout their lengths when he bumped them…The creepers dropped their ropes like the rigging of foundered ships.” Jack—pg 61

  • “He came at last to a place where more sunshine fell.” Jack—pg 61. Juxtaposed

  • “When he was secure in the middle he was in a little cabin screened off from the open space by a few leaves…Nothing moved but a pair of gaudy butterflies that danced round each other in the hot air.” Jack—pg 62

  • “The deep sea breaking miles away on the reef made an undertone less perceptible than the susurration of the blood.” Jack—pg 62

  • Darkness poured out, submerging the ways between the sky. Darkness poured out, submerging the ways between the trees till they were dim and strange as the bottom of the sea.” –pg 62

CH. 4

  • “As a time when play was good and life so full that hope was not necessary and therefore forgotten.”—pg 62

  • “As though the impending sun’s height gave it momentum—became a blow that they ducked, running to the shade and lying there, perhaps even sleeping.” – pg 63. Repeated motif of the heat??

  • “When the sun sank, darkness dropped on the island like an extinguisher and soon the shelters were full of restlessness, under the remote stars.” –pg 64

  • “They suffered untold terrors in the dark and huddled together for comfort.” The littluns—pg 64

  • “They obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because Ralph blew it, and he was big enough to be a link with the adult world of authority.” The littluns—pg 64


  • “What I mean is … maybe it’s only us.” Pg 97—Simon. Mans potential for evil.

  • No one is listening to Simon—Allegory of the cave. They do not want the horror of believing in it and they do not want to listen to “Odd” Simon.

  • In the meeting and unknown and uncertainty is created and this allows them to see things a different way.

  • “Because we can’t have proper assemblies if you don’t stick to the rules.” Pg 98—Ralph.

  • “The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away.” Pg 99

  • “What are we? Humans? Or animals?? Or savages? What’s grown-ups going to think? Going off- hunting pigs- letting fires out- and now!” Pg 99—Piggy. Irony- the parents are at war with atomic bombs etc.

  • “Because the rules are the only thing we’ve got.” Pg 100—Ralph.

  • “If there’s a beast, we’ll hunt it down!” Tactic to leadership. Instills some fear but assures them he will protect them.

  • “We’ll be like animals. We’ll never be rescued.” Pg 101—Piggy.

  • “Grown-ups know things…they ain’t afraid of the dark. They’d meet and have tea and discuss. Then things ‘ud be all right---.” Piggy—Pg 103.

  • “If only they could get a message to us,” cried Ralph desperately. “If only they could send us something grown-up… a sign or something.” Ralph—pg 103


  • “But a sign came down from the world of grown-ups, though at the time there was no child awake to read it…. A figure dropping swiftly beneath the parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs.” Pg 104

  • “They lay there listening, at first with doubt but then with terror to the description the twins breathed at them between bouts of extreme silence. Soon the darkness was full of claws, full of the awful unknown and menace.”Pg 108.

  • “We don’t need the conch any more. We know who ought to say things. What good did Simon do speaking, or Bill, or Walter? It’s time some people knew they’ve got to keep quiet and leave deciding things to the rest of us-----.” Pg 111

  • “Piggy let out his breath with a gasp, reached for it again and failed. He lay against a log, his mouth gaping, blue shadows creeping round his lips.” Piggy—Pg 113. Shows how scared and fragile piggy is of Jack.

  • “Jack. The beast might be on the other side. You can lead again. You’ve been.” Pg 118. The boys are starting to rely on Jack for guidance because of the protection that he offers.


  • “Ralph was content to follow Jack along it.” Ralph—pg 120

  • “Ralph was aware of the heat for the first time that day.” Ralph—Pg 120

  • “He discovered with a little fall of the heart that these were the conditions he took as normal now and that he did not mind.” Ralph—Pg 121.

  • “On the other side of the island, swathed at midday with mirage, defended by the shield of the quiet lagoon, one might dream of rescue’ but here, faced by the brute obtuseness of the ocean, the miles of division, one was clamped down, one was helpless, one was condemned, one was—“ Pg 123 Ralph.

  • “No, I’m not. I just think you’ll get back all right.” Simon Pg 123

  • “The ground was turned over near the pig-run and there were droppings that steamed. Jack bent down to them as though he loved them.” Pg 123

  • “So as the stars moved across the sky, the fire sat on the mountain-top and bowed and sank and bowed again.” Pg 105

  • What does the dead parachutist symbolizes?

  • “…Everything was all right; everything was good-humoured and friendly.” Ralph talking about his past—pg 124

  • “Ralph was full of fright and apprehension and pride.” Ralph hit Jack’s pig and was proud of it—pg 124

  • “He tried for their attention.” Ralph—pg 126

  • “The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering.” Ralph—pg 126

  • “You want a real pig…because you’ve got to kill him”, “Use a littlun,” said Jack, and everybody laughed.” Robert and Jack—pg 127

  • “The twins nodded like on boy.” Pg 127

  • “Ralph looked at the sun critically.” Pg 128

  • “Ralph sighed, sensing the rising antagonism, understanding that this was how Jack felt as soon as he ceased to lead.” Pg 130

  • “ Ralph heard the mockery and hated Jack. The sting of ashed in his eyes, tiredness, fear, enraged him.” Ralph—pg 133

  • “A stain in the darkness, a stain that was Jack, detached itself and began to draw away.” Pg 133

  • “For the first time since he had first know Jack, Ralph could feel him hesitate.” Pg 134

  • “He bound himself together with is will, fused his fear and loathing into a hatred.” Ralph—pg 136

  • “The sound of the inexpertly blown conch interrupted them. As though he were serenading the rising sun, Jack went on blowing till the shelters were astir and the hunters crept to the platform and the littluns whimpered as now they so frequently did. Ralph rose obediently, and Piggy and they went to the platform.” Jack overthrowing Ralph’s authority—pg 138

  • “And the next thing is that Ralph said my hunters are no good….He’s like Piggy. He says things like Piggy. He isn’t a proper chief…He’s a coward himself.” Jack—pg 129

  • “I’m not going to play any longer. Not with you.” Jack-- Pg 141

  • “We can do without ‘em. We’ll be happier now, won’t we?” The twins—pg 145

  • “He shifted restlessly but there was no avoiding the sun.” pg 14

CH 8

  • “Do all right on our own,” said Piggy, “It’s them that haven’t no common sense that make trouble on the island.” Ralph—pg146.

  • “Ages ago they had stood in two demure rows and their voices had been the osng of angels….”I’m going to be chief… forget the beast.” Jack—pg 147

  • He was happy and wore the damp darkness of the forest like his old clothes.” Jack—pg 147

  • “She squealed and bucked and the air was full of sweat and noise and blood and terror.” The pig—Pg 149.

  • “The butterflies still danced preoccupied in the centre of the clearing.” Pg 149

  • “At last the immediacy of the kill subsided…Jack stood up, holding out his hands.” Jack showing his pride of the kill—pg 149

  • “We’ll raid them and take fire.” Jack- power by force—Pg 150

  • “This head is for the beast. It’s a gift.” The silence accepted the gift and awed them. The head remained there, dim-eyed, grinning faintly, blood blackening between the teeth. All at once they were running away, as fast as they could, through the forest towards the open beach.” Jack—pg 151

  • “The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life. Simon—Pg 151

  • “ He was vexed to find how little he thought like a grown-up and sighed again. The island was getting worse and worse.” Ralph—Pg 153

  • “I’m scared,” Not of the beast. I mean I’m sared of that too. But nobody else understands about the fire. If someone threw you a rope when you were drowning. If a doctor said take this because if you don’t take it you’ll die—you would, wouldn’t you? I mean?” Ralph—pg 153

  • “What’s more, I don’t sometimes. Supposing I got like the others—not caring. What’ud become of us/”..”I dunno, Ralph. We just got to go on, that’s all. That’s what grown-ups would do.” Ralph and piggy—pg 154

  • “Jack.” A taboo was evolving round that word too.” Ralph—pg 154

  • “Piggy stood on the platform, the white conch gripped in his hands.” Pg 155

  • “ But we must keep the fire burning. The fire’s the most important thing on the island, because, because--.” He paused again and the silence became full of doubt and wonder.” Ralph—pg 156. Starting forget motivation and rescue.

  • “Simon’s head wobbled. His eyes were half- closed as thought he were imitating the obscene thing on the stick.” Jack—pg 158

  • “ We are going to have fun on this island! So don’t try it on, my poor misguided boy, or else… We shall do you, see/ Jack and Roger and Maurice and Robert and Bill and Piggy and Ralph. Do you see?” Lord of the flies—pg 159

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