Annotations- Lord of the Flies

1 -“He snatched his knife out of the sheath and slammed it into a tree trunk. Next time there would be no mercy.” -Pg. 31 -Characterization -Jack is mad and is stabbing his knight into trees – power is the most important thing to jack. He wants people to know how powerful he is
2 “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in”- page 75- characterization – the hunters chant this as they danced in a circle- this shows how uncivilized the hunters are. It shows how much they like killing and being wild
3 ” The mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self- consciousness”- page 64-symbolism- jack was wearing a mask-the mask symbolizes uncivilization/savagery he is hiding himself from civilization
4 “what would a beast eat?…..We eat pig”-page 83- foreshadowing-they were trying to find out more about the beast- if the beast is really a human, and the beast eats pig then that might mean that something happens to piggy because of the hunters
5 “Are we savages or what?-page 170-foreshadowing-this is Ralph asking why they can’t keep the fire going- this is foreshadowing that they will all/most of them will turn into savages
6 “Remember how we went hunting and the fire went out, a ship passed? And they all think he’s the best as chief?”- page 170-Characterization-Ralph is stating why Jack wouldn’t be a good leader-Ralph is intimidated by jack and his clan so Ralph giving them reasons why Jack shouldn’t be chief
7 “You’re a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief”-page 177-characterization-Ralph is yelling at Jack and accusing him of being a thief-Ralph is starting to become savage by yelling at Jack and calling him a beast and a thief
8 “By him stood Piggy still holding out the talisman, the fragile, shining beauty of a shell.”-page 180-symbolism-piggy is holding the conch as he is being killed-the conch represents civilization and piggy is trying to hold on to the last piece of civilization that exists
9 “…Painted faces and long hair”- page 47-symbolism-jack paints his face and puts his hair back to hunt-the long hair and paint represent savagery, jack is becoming more and more of a savage the more he hunts and the more power he has.
10 “He undid the snake-clasp of his belt, lugged off his shorts and pants, and stood there naked, looking at the dazzling beach and water”-page 10- symbolism- he took off his cloths at the beach- this means he has taken off his responsibilities and there are no rules
11 “we ought to have a meeting”- page 11-characterization-he wants to set some rules -Piggy thinks there should be many rules, while Ralph thinks they should have some order but some freedom as welll.
12 “within the diamond haze… but mostly clotting”-page 19-foreshadowing-jack is coming, but they think its a beast/monster -foreshadows that jack might turn mean
13 “… hair too long…clothes, warn away, stiff like his own sweat…the skin of the body, scurfy with brine..”- page 110- symbolism-they are talking about his clothes and how he looks-the boys look less civilized than they did before`
14 “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed. struck, bit, tore”-page 153-symbolism -simon is getting beat up by the rest of the tribe-simon represented the good of the island, not they he is gone, everyone is a savage.
15 “He took the shell carelessly with both hands and knelt, leaning against the trunk”- page 155- characterization – Ralph holds the conch in remembrance of simon – the loss of simon shows Ralph’s soft side
16 “He said he saw… In the branches”-page 36-symbolism- the little kid thinks that beast is in the branches – the beast symbolizes savagery and the hunters are trying to get closer to the beast/find him
17 “We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages, we’re english, and the english are best at everything. -page 42-characterization-the boys are making rules- shows that at first, all the boys were civilized and still followed most of societies rules
18 ” Startled, Ralph realized that the boys were falling…made him savage”- page 44- symbolism- the fire is spreading in the forest- the fire symbolizes savagery, as the fire spreads across the forest, it spreads to all/most of the boys too
19 ” The forest near them burst into uproar”- page 140- characterization-the hunters attack Piggy and Ralph – the hunters are complete savages now
20 “I’m warning you… boy, or else”- page 143-symbolism- simon is hallucinating and talking to the pig on a stick- the pig on a stick represents evil
21 “I gave you food…Who will join my tribe?”- page 150-characterization-jack has created a tribe and is trying to convince them to join-jack thinks this is all about power, he has turned savage because in a savage tribe, power is the only thing that matters
22 ” But a sign came down from the world of grown ups…then darkness…”-page 95-symbolism-a figurative sign fell to answer piggy-the explosion and corkscrew tail symbolizes piggys answer
23 “This head is for the beast, its a gift.”-page 137-Characterization- the kids are sacrificing the pigs head for the beast-this is showing that they are very scared of the beat and will do anything to get on its good side
24 “I’m too tired. And whats the goal?…Well- what is the goal?”-page 163- characterization- ralph wants sam and Eric to go get fire wood- this shows that Sam and Eric are loosing patients and trust in ralph as a leader
25 “Ralph prayed that the beast would prefer littuns”- page 166- characterization- Ralph and Piggy heard things moving outside-Ralph is turning selfish, even when it is between life or death
26 “tall, thin, and bony… his hair was red beneath the black cap, his face was…freckled and ugly without silliness- page 19- characterization- describing the physical appearance of Jack- he has some of the same features as some of the other boys
27 “they know ver well why… the unbearable blood”-page 31- characterization- jack wasn’t able to kill the pig while h was hunting- he is scared to kill it at first, but then he becomes less civilized and he doesn’t care anymore
28 ” That was murder”- page 156- characterization-piggy explains to ralph what just happened- piggy is still civilized and plays by societies rules, he thinks killing a pig is murder and it is, but they also need that to eat
29 “From his hand dangled Piggy’s broken glasses”- page 168- Symbolism- Jack stole piggy’s glasses after a brawl- symbolizes that the only civilized thing left has been left in the hands of an uncivilized person. This means that the symbol of civilization will no longer mean civilization.
30 ” He tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill what was swallowing him up”- page 51- characterization- Jack didn’t have the courage to kill a living creature- jack is still connected to societies rules where killing is seen as a terrible thing
31 “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! spill his blood!”- page 152- characterization- the boys are chanting this to simon as they are beating him up- jacks tribe has no connection with society and they think its okay to beat up simon
32 “He’s a proper chief, isn’t he? – page 159- characterization- he asked Robert if jack was the proper chief- calling him chief makes jack better than everyone in the tribe. They all call him chief because they think he is a good leader
33 “Life is so full that hope is unnecessary”- page 58- foreshadowing- the boys stop hoping they’re going to be saved-the boys like their island like and they don’t really want to/plan on being saved anymore
34 “Maurice still feels the unease of wrong doing”- page 60-characterization-Maurice is confronted by his morality – Maurice feels bad even though there is no one there to tell him that he did something bad. He can not break the chains of society and just let it go.
35 “and the fire was safely alight”- page 97- characterization- they safely made a fire- they are learning to adapt to the island and learn new survival skills
36 “This is a hunters job”- page 102- characterization- jack is trying to take control- he is confident that he has become a strong leaders and can support a tribe
37 “Right onto the bridge”- page 108- symbolism – they are making an escape route- the bridge symbolizes hope, they still hop they are going to be rescued
38 “Ralph heard the mockery and hated jack”- page 121- characterization- jack was making fun of ralph – jack was only nice to people who saw jack as powerful, there was no need to be nice to the opposing tribe
39 “roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw”- page 62- characterization- roger was turning savage by almost hitting the littleuns with stones. The part of society that was still in him made it impossible to hit them
40 “What I mean is . . . maybe it’s only us”-page 89- foreshadowing- simon things the beat is themselves- this is foreshadowing that they all turn into savage beasts
41 “There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. . . . Why things are the way they are?”- page 143- foreshadowing- the lord of the flies is talking to simon- he is telling simon the the only beasts on the island are themselves they will all turn into beasts eventually
42 “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy”- page 202- characterization – Ralph was sad about getting rescued because he missed piggy. It shows that he really cared for piggy.
43 “He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarl”-page 58- jack was one of the first ones to because a savage. He didn’t care about what anyone thought of him. He turned wild.
44 “Which is better -to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is….Which is better- to have laws and agree, or to hunt and kill?”- page 164- foreshadowing-he is asked a question that should have a clear answer -this is foreshadowing that there can’t be 2 different groups, it will eventually merge to one
45 “Showed his teeth at the wall of branches…snarled a little, and waited.”- page 177- characterization – Ralph is acting uncivilized – Ralph is repeating the same actions as jack, he is turning into a savage
46 “Ralph launched himself like a cat; stabbed, snarling, with the spear, and the savage doubled up.”- page 177-178- characterization- Ralph is acting like a wild cat- Ralph has broke all the chains of society and he is acting more uncivilized than ever
47 “Ralph…would treat the day’s decisions as though he were playing chess. The only trouble was that he would never be a very good chess player.”- page 106- characterization – Ralph was trying to follow an order of how to decide what’s right and wrong for the group
48 “…handicapped by the darkness” – page 120- foreshadowing – the boys were going up the mountain to find the beast – the darkness will over power them until the end of the book
49 “He says he saw the beastie, the snake thing, and will it come back tonight…”-page 36- foreshadowing – the littuns said they saw a beast – this foreshadowing that they will see a beast soon but it’s not what they think is.
50 I gave you food,” said Jack, “and my hunters will protect you from the beast. Who will join my tribe?” -page 150-characterization- jack is trying to get them to join his tribe- jack is really thirsty for power. He will do anything to be the most powerful

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