Chapter 6 LOTF Quotes/Importance

“…a figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs.”(95) A sign from the outside world, war is still going on. Yet all are asleep when it falls so the message is not received.
“Even the sounds of nightmare from other shelters no longer reached him, for he was back to where he came from, feeding the ponies with sugar over the garden wall”. (98) Ralph is having these flashbacks to his old life because he yearns for civilization and authority. He himself is still a child and desires to be a child again, not a leader of a new civilization.
“Course I’m frightened. who wouldn’t be?”(100) Jack is questioning Ralph’s strength and mental standpoint at this time to make himself seem more fit to be a leader. He makes Ralph seem vulnerable and unfit to be a head of a civilization of boys.
“Couldn’t we – kind of – stay here? Maybe the beast won’t come near us.” “Have some sense. What can Piggy do with only one eye?” (101) Both quotes are undermining the importance of intelligence on this island. Golding is trying to set the ideas that in society, many mock and shut down any sign of intelligence and focus on impulsive behaviors.
“And another thing. You can’t have an ordinary hunt because the beast doesn’t leave tracks. If it did you’d have seen them. For all we know, the beast may swing through the trees like what’s its name.”(101) Golding is trying to portray the beast as war itself. It doesn’t stay at a specific place and neither does it leave reasoning to its actions. It never started or stopped, it just is.
“we don’t need the conch anymore. We know who ought to say things. What good did Simon do speaking, or Bill, or Walter? It’s time some people knew they’ve got to keep quiet and leave the deciding things to the rest of us.”(101-102) This shows the emergence of a dictatorial idea or tyrant belief that Jack has. He acts as though some are more important that others and their opinions aren’t worth talking about.
“We’ll eat first. Then go.’ Ralph paused. ‘We’d better take spears.” (103) Instead of having a civilized mindset as Piggy does, Ralph is turning to the savage and powerful ways that Jack has brought upon the group.
“However Simon thought of the beast, there he rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick.” (103) A human going to war is seen as an act of duty to ones country and beliefs. It is seen as heroic and justice towards others. Yet, when men and women are being praised, they go out and kill others who have the same beliefs. They are praised for destroying other people’s lives.
“I’m chief. I’ll go. Don’t argue.”(104) This is one sign of Ralph becoming more of a strong and independent leader who is stepping up and taking his control back from Jack. He tries, yet Jack eventually goes with him and is seen as an equal to Ralph.
“A knot of boys, making a great noise that he had not noticed, were heaving and pushing at a rock. As he turned, the base cracked and the whole mass toppled into the sea so that a thunderous plume of spray leapt halfway up the cliff.”(107) The littlun’s and the boys still have a need for fun and play as their innocence is being stole and need an outlet to gain it back, so they roll rocks and boulders.

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