Lord of the flies revision

These were my class notes for Lord of The Flies GCSE

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Lord of the flies
Most important events of novel
boys get trapped on island
create own society, make rules
kill a pig + paint faces ­ become savage
idea of the beast introduced
Simon's death
Society breaks up, arguments
Piggy's death
Get rescued
The relationship between Ralph and Jack is central to the novel because as they are both
leaders this causes conflicts between them. The conflicts are the reason why society is
broken as they have different options and are oppositions. It shows the struggle of society.
They represent opposites: Jack ­ devil, Ralph ­ angel and the events are influenced by their
relationship.
Piggy and Simon are important to the plot: Piggy is the only character who represents clarity
and truth and is important for the readers to hear his truthful words and thoughts so we are
aware of the reality. Simon is important because he represents a Jesuslike figure to give a
different perspective and is the character that realises the beast is not real but is inside them.
Roger is the most evil character who eventually kills Piggy and throws stones at the littleuns.
He follows Jack and isn't as emphasised or mentioned as much however the character that
is responsible for the actions.
The ending of Lord of the flies reflects the opening because civilisation is returned. It ends
and begins with the destruction of nature: at the beginning the plan crashed scarring the
island, at the end the island is on fire.
The actions of the boys are fairly realistic up to a certain point and they are also much
exaggerated. I think in reality they would become savage however I do not believe they
would mistake Simon for the beast. I also think a character such as Roger and Jack would
not exist at such a young age.
Ralph ­ becomes more of a leader, changes physically adapting to the island
Jack ­ becomes more evil and manipulative
Piggy ­ becomes slightly savage and angry towards the end
Simon ­ bigger role over time, used to be a nobody
Ralph driven by escaping, Jack driven by power + evilness
Ralph and Jack ­ at first they have mutual respect for each other but have opposing views
and become against each other.
Ralph and Piggy ­ friends, same views, however Piggy sometimes irritates Ralph
Jack and Roger ­ both on same side, support each other, Roger = action, Jack = verbal

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Simon and Ralph ­ Simon guides Ralph, both `good' characters
RALPH
"Ralph counted. `I'm chief then"
"Ralph sat on a fallen trunk, his left side to the sun. on his right were most of the choir,
on his left the larger boys who had not known each other before"
"Ralph was a specialist in thought now, and could recognise thought in another" Ch.5
JACK
"Jacks in charge of the choir. They can be ­ what do you want them to be?... Hunters.…read more

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The themes are explored through the characters and are exaggerated as the characters are
children so it shows how they respond. War and savagery are explored as the novel shows
the transformation of the innocence at the beginning to the gradual savageness. Disintegration
of society is explored through the obvious divide of the boys and how small things have big
consequences.…read more

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Fire
Changes roles, original rescue, cooking, murder
Jack lets fire go out ­ likes survival and being in control
Island set on fire = get rescued ­ dramatic irony
Used for power ­ everyone wanted it
Biblical illusions
Simon ­ sacrificial, outside of society, Christ like
Biblical setting
Disintegration of society
Microcosm of society
Want different things ­ politics. Piggy = equality, Jack = dictatorship
Do what they are told out of fear, go along with everything to survive.…read more

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