Lord of the Flies KEY QUOTES

boy with fair hair, twelve, he might make a boxer, mild mouth, no devil (1,5) Ralph
plump knees, short and fat, looks through thick spectacles(1,2) Piggy
didn’t you hear what the pilot said? About the atom bomb? They’re all dead. (9) piggy (about their situation)
We can use this to call the others. Have a meeting. They’ll come when they hear us- piggy (about the new found conch)
They breathed together, they grinned together, they were chunky and vital. (15) Sam and Eric
tall, thin, and bony, red hair beneath a black cap, freckled and ugly face, eyes ready to turn to anger (17) Jack
slight, furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept to himself with inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy (19) Roger
choir boy who faints and has seizures (19)small, skinny, eyes so bright Ralph thought him delightfully gay and wicked, black hair (59) Simon
enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood (30) narrator (about Jack when he didn’t kill the first pig)
We’ll have rules!”.. “lots of rules! Then when anyone breaks ’em (33) Jack
shrimp of a boy, six, mulberry-colored birthmark (35) mulberry-colored birthmark (dies in the first fire)
After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything. So we’ve got to do the right things” (44) Piggy
“You got your small fire alright” (45) Piggy
How can you expect to be rescued if you don’t put first things first and act proper? (47) Piggy
But you can feel as if you’re not hunting, but being hunted, as if something’s behind you all the time in the jungle (56) Jack
distant relative of mulberry-marked face (64) Henry
mouse-colored not attractive even to his mother (64) Percival
well built, fair hair and natural belligerence (64) Johnny
felt the unease of wrongdoing (65) Maurice
“became absorbed beyond mere happiness as he felt himself exercising control over living things” (66) Henry
taboo of old life Roger (when he was throwing rocks at Henry)
_____ arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins (67) Roger’s
hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness (69) Jack (behind the mask)
He was the only boy on the island whose hair never seemed to grow. (69) Piggy
“kill the pig. cut her throat. spill her blood.” (74) chant (form of propaganda used by the savage tribe to distract the boys from the terrible truth)
knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink. (76) narrator (about Jack when he deserts the fire)
He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life, where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one’s waking life was spent watching one’s feet. (83) (who is he?) Ralph (when he realizes that leadership is a lot harder than he thought)
“they fire is the most important thing on the island.” (88) Ralph (in meeting where he discusses restroom use, the fire, the shells full of water, fear and the shelters)
So the last part, the bit we can all talk about, is kind of deciding on the fear.” Ralph in the meeting
“unless we get frightened of people” Piggy
self-confident, shares his dream (93) Phil
“He says the beast comes out of the sea” (97) Jack (reporting for Percival)
“Maybe, maybe there is a beast””What I mean is… maybe it’s only us” (98) Simon
man essential illness (98) evil
what’s the dirtiest thing there is? (99) Simon (talking about the evil within us)
“What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages? What’s grownups going to think? Going off-hunting pigs-letting fires out-and now?” (101) Piggy (talking about ghosts)
self-confident, shares his dream Phil
If I blow the conch and they don’t come back; then we’ve had it. We shan’t keep the fire going. We’ll be like animals. We’ll never be rescued. (102) Ralph (Piggy is trying to convince him to blow the conch and call a meeting)
Go on being chief. (103) Simon
Keep the fire going (104) Simon
If only they could get get a message to us… If only they could send us something grownup… a sign orsomething (105) Ralph (discussing what the grownup would do)
This’ll be a real hunt! Who’ll come? (112) Jack (about hunting the beast)
It’s time some people knew they’ve got to keep quiet and leave deciding things to the rest of us. (114) Jack (about the rules)
However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick. (116) Simon (about the dead soldier)
Not me. This is a rotten place. (119) Ralph (about the fort)
A strange thing happened in his head. Something flittered there in front of his mind like a bat’s wing, obscuring his idea. (121) (Who is he and what is the bat’s wing) Ralph, fear
You’ll get back to where you came from (125) Simon (to ralph)
Who goes to tell Piggy that the boys will be late? (133) Simon
Before them, something like a great ape (what is the ape) dead parachutist
So we can’t have a signal fire… We’re beaten. (142) Ralph (the beast is on top of the mountain and the boys do not want to walk up the mountain)
I’m not going to play any longer. Not with you. (145) Jack
I think we ought to climb the mountain. What else is there to do? Simon
Sharpen a stick at both ends Jack (to Roger)

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