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Though he had taken off his school sweater and trailer it now from one hand, his grey shirt stuck to him and his hair was plastered on his forehead.
Very out of place in this environment.
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He tried to be offhand and not too obviously uninterested.
Doesn't want to associated himself with weak people.
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Realized ambition...he stood on his head..."No grown ups!"
He has a casual sense of freedom.
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stood there naked
Removed his uniform, he has removed home, civilization and rules
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Not yet old enough for adolescence to have made him awkward
Reminds the reader he's still a child.
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He might have made a boxer as far as width and heaviness of shoulders went but there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil.
he has strength but is capable of being a good person.
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"Piggy! Piggy!"
Childish reaction. Ralph is associated with good but he isn't perfect, he has the potential to be bad and cruel.
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Golden light...
Often described as golden and associated with light.
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Daddy taught me...he'll come and rescue us.
Childhood adoration and naivity
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Because he's an adult. Ralph has never had to think past that fact. Childish, youthful naivety.
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The grey shirt was once more strangely pleasing
Familiarity, structures of home
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"What's that?"
Ralph finds the conch, he's the natural leader BUT piggy knows what it is, he's the inelegance behind the leadership
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As he recieved the reassurance of something purposeful being done he began to look satisfied, and his only clean digit, a pink thumb, slid into his mouth.
The littlun can become a child again as someone is acting like an adult.
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"This belongs to us." It was roughly boat shaped...moving steadily astern.
Boat- Symbol of rescue and survival. island provides a moral solution. Island boat- Journey, to where? who's driving? 'astern'- Backwards, represents descent into savagery and moving further away from home//civilization. Moral descent into savagery.
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He looked sideways to his left, towards the bathing pool. Piggy was sitting near but not giving any help.
Ralph is unsure without Piggy's intellect.
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At once he found he could talk fluently
Ralph is the natural leader.
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"Hands up. Like at school"
Used to this structure, provides order.
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Ralph was annoyed and, for the moment, defeated
Ralph looses authority through reason.
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"My father's in the navy and he says there are no unknown islands left."
Rational thinking, trusting.
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Ralph was on his feet too, shouting for quiet, but no one heard him
Fragile grasp on power.
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"we ought to have more rules"
Reverting back to rules, familiarity
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The knowledge and awe made him savage
The power to control destruction and set a destructive force free.
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Ralph muttered the reply as if in shame. "maybe he went back to the, the-"
Appriciation of humanity. They realise the concequences of their action. They can't react to them because they can't imagine the enormity of their actions. First example of destruction at the hands of mankind, perfect island becomes damaged.
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"so we need shelters as a sort of- home"
mimicking structures of home.
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He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were
Frustrated at Jack.
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They walked along, 2 continents of experience and feeling, unable to communicate
Different priorities
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Splashing and laughing was the only thing that brought them together
Jack and Ralph are not beyond help
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They obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because ralph blew it.
naturally respond to authority.
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He started to pull on his tattered shorts, to be ready for anything.
Ready to go home to civilization.
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The fire was out, smokeless and dead
futility of the situation.
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His voice was loud and savage..."there was a ship"
IRONY savage in speaking about rescue
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Then his voice came to a peak of feeling. "there was a ship-"
Childlike helplessness. wildness cost them rescue.
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"that was a dirty trick"
Goes against the British idea of fair play
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No one, not even Jack would have asked him to move
Ralph's back in charge.
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They were on different sides of a high barrier
POwer struggle, not intentional and they don't understand why
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"I'll bring 'em back"
Ralph alines himself with Piggy
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Ralph watched them, envious and resentful
Wants to be part of the group
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"I'm calling an assembly"
Counteracts savagery with civilization.
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In a new mood of comprehension...with a convulsion of the mind, Ralph discovered dirt and decay...flicked his tangle hair out of his eyes
Dirt and decay- corroded idea of society and moral decay.
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If faces were different when lit from above or below-what was a face? What was anything?
Questioning everything, Philisophcal
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though was a valuable thing...i can't think. not like piggy...Piggy was no chief. But piggy for all his ludicrous body, had brains.
Recognizes the value of thought and Piggy
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"But to put things straight."
Raplhs problem is not following through with promises so people are not following orders as their is no point.
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That's dirty..dirty...really dirty
Morally dirty as well as physically dirty, show no care for civilization
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And another thing...and...and...because i'm chief
Childish rhetoric
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The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away. Once there was this and that but ow-the ship had gone
Links to civilization had gone.
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If i blow the conch and they don't come back; then we've had it.
Recognizes his loss of control. Mature enough to recognize he's not mature enough to lead
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Three blind mice
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"Me?Why me?"
Ralph has more power than Jack and he doesn't like it.
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Unsuccessfully to convey the majesty of adult life.
IRONY adults are in a war
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"And you don't want to be rescued?"
Turning the group against Jack by reminding them of what he stands for.
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Yes, the wanted to be rescued, there was no doubt about that; and with a violent swing to Ralph's side, the crisis passed
Order remains for now
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"we'll eat first and then go"
Keeping control, getting his own way as chief
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Paused on the narrow neck.
narrow connection between civilization and savagery
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it seemed like the breathing of some stupendous creature
Seeing threats everywhere. foreshadows piggy's death.
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he did not really expect to meet any beast
there is no beast
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he pulled distastefully at his shirt and wondered whether he might undertake the adventure of washing it
Ralph is trying to remain civilized. wants to be cleaner to control primitive instincts
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Be sucking my thumb next
Act seen a degenerative. society regresses.
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Raplh found he was able to measure the distance coldly and take aim...he flung the foolish wodden stick...saw it hit the great snout.
Acting on impulse
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Ralph got carried away...grabbed eric's spear and jabbed at Robert
He isn't immune to savage feelings
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"Just a game" Ralph said uneasily "I got jolly hurt in rugger one"
Trying to make a connection with home to justify it
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"Why do you hate me?"
Because he has more power than Jack
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"Boys armed with sticks"
he shows reality
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"where's Maurice?...Where's Bill and Roger?"
Boys attracted to the dominant side. (WW2- Nazi Germany) Boys want to hunt, savagery, Jack is more of a threat.
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"What's more. I do sometimes"
Ralph shows he is aware of the civilized part of him because he is worried he will loose it.
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"Piggy, what's wrong?"
Turns to piggy because he has intelligence beyond a normal child.
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Ralph was puzzled by the shutter that flickered in his brain
Forgetting himself, struggling to keep a grasp of civilization
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Ralph and the crowd of boys were united
Piggy is laughed at, defuses tension.
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Ralph and Piggy stayed a foot lower, staying on the sift sand.
Ralph is presented as weak and pityful- doesn't stand up against Jack's majesty
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Piggy and Ralph, under the treat of the sky, found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society
Rather align themselves with savage than nothing
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Limping, Dirty
mentally damaged, morally dirtied
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"that was murder"
Ralph realizes what he has done and takes responsibility
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"i was-i don't know what i was"
savage took over
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There was loathing and at the same time a kind of feverish excitement
struggling between instincts
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"you didn't see what they did-"
doesn't let Piggy excuse what they've done, moral courage.
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i want to go home
recognizes rescue is the only home
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Ralph shuddered at human contact
doesn't feel human
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"we left early"
shows they're still human, realize the horror of what they've done.
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the fire was dying on them
hope of home fading away
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Sense of equality, contrast to 1st meeting, Ralph has learnt values and realizes he needs Piggy
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Ralph trotted
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we won't be painted...because we're not savages
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You played a dirty trick!
Laws and decency. Ralph is working by old rules
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You've got to give back piggy's specs...you're not playing the game.
appeals to his sense of fair play, jack's not playing a game.
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He argued unconvincingly that they would let him alone; perhaps even make an outlaw of him
Ralph understands jacks tribbe. he knows Jack needs and enemy to be able to assert his power. he will loose respect if he just lets ralph go.
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the skull lay in two pieces
destroys the evil. rejection of joining jacks tribe and becoming savage.
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Ralph pt down his spear and picked it up again...took two hasty steps across the little space and then came back.
Ralph doesn't know what to do, he can't fight the tribe.
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He shot forward, burst the thicket, screaming, snarling bloodied
Forced to mirror savage behaviour
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needed a bath, a hair cut...some ointment
Ralph is still a child.
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Ralph wept of the end of innocence, the darkness in mans heart
atrocities of war being uncovered
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Card 2


Doesn't want to associated himself with weak people.


He tried to be offhand and not too obviously uninterested.

Card 3


He has a casual sense of freedom.


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Card 4


Removed his uniform, he has removed home, civilization and rules


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Card 5


Reminds the reader he's still a child.


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