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Character analysis: Jack

About Jack:

  • Jack is leader of the choir/can sing a C Sharp
  • Was head boy at school
  • Has red hair /thin and bony
  • He is proud and arrogent
  • He craves power
  • creates his own tribe even though he lost the vote for chief
  • he becomes a dictator
  • Only thinks of hunting
  • Changes his appearence (acts like a savage/looks like a savage)
  • He says at the begining "we are not savages" but by the end civilisation is destroyed
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Quotes that decribe Ralph

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"You could see he might make a boxer, as far as width and heaviness in the shoulders went, but there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil"

"There was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out: there was his size and attractive appearance."

He wants to hang on to civilised values. When he realises that their lives are full of dirt and decay, he feels a "convulsion of the mind". In the discussions about the beast, he feels "the understandable and lawful world... slipping away".

"You aren't playing the game". = uses civilised language

He is brave= "Don't argue." "I'm chief. I'll go"

 "The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering

Ralph finally becomes an outcast. He tells himself this is  I had some sence

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Quotes that decribe Jack

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"His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness".

 "Out of this face stared two blue eyes, frustrated now, and turning, or ready to turn to anger.


boasts to Ralph "See? They do what I want

He can't kill the first pig he sees because of "the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood".

Jack thinks of nothing but hunting. "All you can talk about is pig, pig, pig!"

"His voice was vicious".

We're not savages",

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Character analysis: Piggy

About Piggy

  • fat, short-sighted and asthmatic
  • He is very intelligent
  • his realises that no adults are on the island 
  • idea to make a list of names
  • Ralph recognises Piggy could think
  • grammatically incorect
  •  We never know his real name/embarrassed by his nickname
  • He is kind and considerate to the littluns
  • He is the most mature
  • He is pragmatic= When simon dies he says they had nothing to do with it.
  • Like Ralph, he believes in civilised society/clings to what creates order
  • shouts "I got the conch!" to try to show Jack that he has a right to be heard.
  • Piggy and the conch are destroyed together = intelligence and the symbol of authority are dead
  • Ralph weeps when his only true friend piggy dies.
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View from the bridge essay plan

How does the way Eddie speaks affect the audience?

The way Eddie speaks does not endear the audience ot him.


Threat - They are ilegal workers 'Where's his papers, who is he?' they could be caught

Insult - they're wives are chating on them and having babies with other men - 'I betcha there's plenty surprises' ie babies

Guilt - they shouldn't be enjoying themselves, they're here to work. 'I understood, Marco, you was both comin' to make a living, for your family'

Accusing - Accuses Rodolfo of usign Catherine, 'You wouldn't just drag off some girl without permission' She was never out on the stret 12 o'clock at night until you came'

Patronising - 'Look kid'

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Quotes that describe Piggy

Quotes in bold

"What intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy."

 "Piggy, for all his ludicrous body, had brains."

Piggy was an outsider, not only by accent, which did not matter, but by fat, and ***-mar, and specs, and a certain disinclination to manual labour."

"Acting like a crowd of kids".

"I just take the conch to say this. I can't see no more and I got to get my gl***es back".

 "I got the conch

" Ralph mourns the fall through the air of "the true, wise friend called Piggy".

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How to anwer an exam question

Question: What happens to ruin their friendship?

 At the start of the novel, we are told:

"Ralph and Jack smiled at each other with shy liking" Yet by the end, they are mortal enemies.

Remember, you are advised to spend 45 minutes on this part of the paper, so divide your time up like this:

  • Ten minutes planning your answer
  • Thirty minutes writing your answer
  • Five minutes checking your answer
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How to answer a exam question - Planning

Pie chart (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/images/elsupersample02.gif)How to divide your 45 minutes into 3 parts.

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