· Today’s assignment for EuroLit:
o Read and answer study guide for Heidegger.
· Today’s assignment for English 9 Honors:
o Read “The Lord of the Flies” chapters 7-9, pages 101-142.
"The Lord of the Flies" Notes
· The boys are beginning to become disagreeable, resisting Ralph’s orders.
· Golding is more of a Hobbs-type thinker, believing that the world is dog-eat-dog.
· Ralph has become more likable.
· What is significant about the second hunt compared to the first hunt?
o The first hunt lacked preparation for killing the pig, but the boys were ready for catching and killing the pig in the second hunt.
o The boys are more organized under Jack’s authority.
o Jack puts pressure on himself to find and catch the pig.
o The chapter title, “Painted Faces and Long Hair” indicates that the boys have been on the island for a long time.
o Jack’s painting of his face indicates that he is turning himself into a different, more animalistic version of himself.
§ “No longer at himself, but at an awesome stranger”(63-64).
§ Jack’s painted face is symbolic of his persona, the fake self that is displayed to others.
§ Page 64: Jack’s painted face, or mask, is what allows him to kill the pig.
· How does Jack keep his group?
o The group has a desirable goal of procuring meat, and promises the fun in the hunt.
o The boys are also intimidated by Jack’s punishment if they do not follow him.
· The boys are losing the thin veneer of civilization, becoming more animalistic as time passes.
· Golding characterizes Roger as “…Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him or was ruined…”(62).
· Piggy’s role as Ralph’s second hand becomes
o Piggy is an outsider, and the other boys do not respect him due to his appearance and his accent.
§ The boys do not let Piggy talk when he has the conch.
§ Jack attacks piggy when he echoes Ralph’s anger at letting the fire go out.
· Jack and Ralph grow farther apart because Jack doesn’t do what Ralph wishes.
o Ralph prioritizes rescue, while Jack prioritizes
· Jack breaks Piggy’s glasses by punching him, displaying crab-bucket mentality by ruining the method with which the boys can find rescue.
· Simon is more on Ralph’s side, being calmer and an outsider.
o “You would, would you fatty… Passion beat about Simon on the mountaintop with awful wings…”(71).
o “Unwillingly, Ralph felt his lips twitch. He was angry with himself for giving way.”(71).
§ Ralph is angry at his schadenfreude.
§ Can Ralph overcome the dark and animalistic part of himself that he shares with Jack?
· Does this internal conflict question make Jack the antagonist?
· The characters could be symbolic of the different parts of our minds.
· What are the differences between Ralph and Piggy? (Page 78)
· The discussion of the “beastie” serves to show the fear of the unknown that the boys have.
o The beastie is a projection of the boy’s fear.
o “There is no beast in the forest… The whole assembly applauded with... relief…”
o Piggy acts as the superego, Jack acts as the id, and Ralph acts as the ego, deciding between the two.
o “I know there is no beast… But I know there isn’t no fear, either… Unless we get frightened of people… Maybe there is a beast.” (89).
§ “…In his effort to express mankind’s… Illness…”(89).
· Simon realizes that the boys might start turning on each other, given time.
§ “What is a face?”(82)
o Everyone is afraid of Jack, and it is possible that he could be the beast.
· Simon could represent our self-consciousness.
· Ralph appeals to the boys by promising an idea of order and legitimate power.
o Jack appeals to the boys by promising meat, strength, and fun.
· If ralph does not blow the conch, he is still the leader, because it is untested. However, if he blows the conch and no one comes, then he cannot be the leader because no one follows him.