Lord of the Flies – Chapter 7

What does Ralph long for? a bath.
What distracts the boys from the search for the Beast? “Castle Rock”
What does Ralph daydream about? About going home to a nice warm, clean bed, with books to read.
When the boar charges, what does Ralph do? Hits it with his spear.
Who volunteers to go alone through the jungle to tell Piggy the boys will return after dark? Simon
What do Ralph, Jack and Roger find when they get to the top of the mountain? They find the dead body of the pilot. His parachute lines are tangled around rocks, which causes it to move when the wind blows. They believe its the beastie.
When Ralph gets caught up in the pig hunt, what does his reaction tell you about him? That he has lost his innocence and become like the rest; a savage.
Simon says twice to Ralph, “You’ll get back all right.” Is there a reason he singles Ralph out, rather than saying: “We’ll all get back all right”? He may be singling Ralph out because Ralph is especially tense at this point and he wants to calm his fears. It is possibly foreshadowing as well.
At this point, what contrast is presented by Ralph’s daydream? It serves to contrast the warmth and security of what was with his present predicament: innocence of his past confronts the ugliness of his present.
How does Ralph get caught up in the desire to injure and kill? After Ralph hits the pig with a spear, he decided that hunting is good and feels like it made him more of a man.
Why is it especially horrific and savage when Robert says, “You want a real pig… because you’ve got to kill him” and Jack replies, “Use a littleun”? Although said as a joke at which everyone laughs, the idea is very primitive, reminiscent of a human sacrifice.
Later, Ralph asks Jack why Jack hates him. Why does he? Jack resents that Ralph is the leader because he wants to be.
How does Chapter Seven end? The three boys see the beast, drop their sticks, and run off the mountain.
Why do you suppose the author lets the reader know at the outset that it is the pilot and his parachute, not a beast that the boys find? Would there not have been greater suspense if the reader knew no more than the boys? The chapter might have been more suspenseful if the reader did not know: in knowing, however, the reader focuses attention on the boys reactions.

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