Monday, June 4, 2018

Today's assignment for EuroLit:

  • Read and answer the study guide questions for "The Guest" and "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Camus.
Today's assignment for English 9 Honors:

  • Read "The Lord of the Flies" chapters 1-3, pages 53-100.

"The Lord of the Flies" Notes
05/04/18
  • What do we think so far?
    • We feel uneasy about the future of the story, even though the kids feel that things will be alright.
    • We see how the kid's society lacks structure and is likely to fall apart.
    • We thought it was interesting how the dynamics between the boys reflects our society, with strong leaders being followed by everyone else.
    • We think Ralph's emotional intelligence is remarkable, particularly when dealing with Piggy.
      • We admire how Ralph chooses a way of both being kind to Piggy and insulting him in order to keep the order among the boys.
      • Piggy has myopia (bad eyesight), asthma (blocked airways), and is overweight.
      • Piggy is disliked because the boys are jealous of Piggy's intelligence.
    • We do not like Ralph because he thinks he should be leader, having a god complex and believing he is above others.
    • We feel that Piggy is going to be killed first, because everyone is already beginning to turn on him.
  • The story is a didactic allegory: A story with a deeper symbolic meaning.
  • Why is the story set on an island. Why?
    • Forces the children into their human instincts, isolating them from society.
    • The island is symbolic of the world, acting as a microcosm (little world).
    • "No man is an island..."
  • Why does the author have only boys on the island?
    • In society, men and boys are expected to be more animalistic and more impulsive.
    • Symbolic of a patriarchy.
  • Why does Golding have boys of this age on the island?
    • Young boys aren't mature yet, having little control over their emotions and morals.
    • The boys are forced to act like adults, but they lack the societal conditioning to restrict their human nature.
    • without a society to give them morals, the boys show our true nature.
  • Who is the protagonist?
    • Ralph (?)
      • External conflict question: Will the boys survive and get rescued?
      • External conflict antagonist: The world, nature, the beast, and/or Jack.
      • Internal conflict question: 
  • Jack and the beast could be symbolic of the darker side of human nature, our fear and ambition.
  • How do the boys make decisions?
    • They take a popular vote. 
  • Why does Jack think he should be leader?
    • He is the head of the choir, and he thinks he should be the head of the boys.
  • Why does the choir vote for Jack?
    • It is implied that Jack strikes fear into the choir boys that not voting for him will lead to them being punished.
      • That fear is similar to the fear seen in Night.
  • What does Ralph offer the boys?
    • Rescue, hope.
  • What does Jack offer?
    • Order, safety.
  • What does Jack imply as a consequence for breaking the rules?
    • Punishment.
  • What does the beast symbolize?
    • Fear of the unknown.
  • What is the point of view?
    • Third-person omniscient, able to go into the minds of everyone.
  • How does the author characterize Ralph on page 8?
    • "The fair boy... There was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil."
  • How does the author characterize Piggy on page 8-9?
    • "He picked his way casually... The fat boy... clasped his hands in apprehension..."
  • Jack on page 20?
    • "He was tall, thin and bony... His face was... ugly without silliness."
  • Simon?
    • "Simon was burned by the sun..."
  • What is the conch symbolic of?
    • Power, order, justice... Of which, it embodies order the most.
    • Symbolic of civilization.
  • What does the choir become?
    • Hunters.
      • The becoming of hunters is ironic due to hunters being more violent and brutish, while choirs are generally been as peaceful and more refined.

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