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The Beast (Fear)
p.15 The choir: "something dark was fumbling along" Golding describes as a `creature' ­ sense of
foreboding
Littluns see `beastie' optical illusion created by the creepers `a snake thing'
Nightmares
p.53 R: "They dream...they talk and scream."
Simon: "As if it wasn't a good island...as if the beastie...was real."
p.53 J: "you can feel as if you're not hunting, butbeing hunted."
Percival (littlun) had bad nightmare then sees beast that "comes out of the sea
p.96 Simon "Maybe there is a beast...maybe it's only us." Simon became inarticulate in his effort
to express mankind's essential illness.'
Fear: contributes to the collapse of civilisation
Piggy p.98 "What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages? What's grownups going to think?"
Fear allayed by R's optimism and J's determination to hunt
R is practical Fire
Jack: how does he play? Bullying, punishment
1st intimidation of Piggy for his glasses
boys' fanatical excitement team game hint at primeval instincts
The Conch (Democracy and Power)
p.18 Ralph has power, elected by `acclaim'
p.99 R: "If I blow the conch and they don't come backthen we've had it...we'll be like animals."
P108 R does not blow Conch only holds it up to call meeting about twins seeing the beast
P110 J rejects Conch "Conch!Conch! We don't need the conch anymore. We know who ought to
say things...It's time some people knew they've got to keep quiet and leave deciding things to the
rest of us."
p.155 `I was sure (J) would go for the conch,'
`looked at the white shell with affectionate respect'
`the familiar symbol'
p.166 J : "and the conch doesn't count at this end of the island."
p.207 P: "I thought they wanted the conch" J takes glasses, more value than conch still wants to
be rescued?
P189 P: "You let me carry the conch, Ralph. I'll show him the one thing he hasn't got."
P.200 Conch `talisman, the fragile, shining beauty of the shell.'
`conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.'
P201 J:"There isn't a tribe for you anymore!The conch is gone..I'm chief!"
P204 R mourns for the conch
P205 R compares whiteness of Lord of the Flies skull with that of the conch
Darkness and Death

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When the sun sank, darkness dropped on the island like an extinguisher and soon the
shelters were full of restlessness.'
`they (the littluns) suffered untold terrors in the dark.'
P.137 R: `as long as there's light we're brave enough'
p.181 `Ralph felt curiously defenceless with the darkness pressing in.'
`p. 206 They were savages it was true but they were human, and the ambushing fears of the dark
night were coming on.'
P208 R admonishes twins for siding with J "You two aren't painted.…read more

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R notices the physical change in boys' appearance but still clinging to civilization by wearing
clothes
p.145 P:" It's them that haven't no common sense that make trouble on this island."
p.183 P: " If we don't get home soon we'll be barmy."
p.200 P "You're acting like a crowd of kids.…read more

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They understood only too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought.'
R:" well we won't be painted...because we aren't savages." The condition of their bodies and hair is
a leveller, and R acknowledge this "then we go as we are...and they won't be any better."
`p206 They were savages it was true but they were human, and the ambushing fears of the dark
night were coming on.…read more

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