Lord of the Flies
Connections to Chapter 9
How did it get to this point?
Consider looking at:
- thematic connections (violence, loss of control, man/beast, fear, etc)
- foreshadowing (Simon, the chants, circles/meetings, dealing with fear, etc)
- motifs (reoccurring events/symbols - circles, the chant, etc)
- writer’s craft (imagery, word choice, syntax, etc)
During the meeting in Chapter 5, Simon says that maybe there isn’t a beast, that “maybe it’s only us” (89). That he recognizes mankind’s capacity for evil, and that the boys don’t listen to him both foreshadow the group’s inability to control their own fear and themselves, ultimately sacrificing Simon’s clarity and their own humanity. (Ms. Kennett).
Simon was talking to Ralph when he is becoming increasingly worried about the fact that they might never be rescued. Ralph is then coming to the realization that the island isn’t that great. Simon is trying to calm Ralph down, and he says “I just think you’ll get back alright.” (111) in italicized. This could show how Simon was foreshadowing his own demise, thinking that everyone else will survive the island, but he will not. (Rachael)
When the boys reenact a pig hunt for the first time, it was all too easy for them to forget that it was just a game. Everyone wanted “to get a handful of that brown vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering” (115). It doesn’t take much for the boys to lose their humanity in a hunt, and by showing this level of brutality that the boys are capable of is foreshadowing that they will inevitably kill. (Marisa)
When Jack and the others began to attack Simon, they got completely caught up in the moment and let the need to kill take over. Jack had “tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up.” (51) to Ralph early on. This convulsion to kill eventually did encompass rational thought upon all the boys while they killed Simon. (Emily)
Simon’s encounter with the Lord of the Flies foreshadowed his own death. “You’re not wanted. Understand? We are going to have fun on this island!” (144) After this event, all of the boys are dancing and chanting: their new idea of fun. Shortly after, they savagely kill Simon, as the Lord of the Flies basically told him would happen. (Jess)
When Simon is attempting to express his opinion of the fear on the island, he is unable to do so, “Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind’s essential illness.”(89). This failure to convey his ideas about the fear can link to the rest of the group’s misunderstanding of what this fear actually is, which ends up leading to Simon’s demise. (Steve)
Throughout the entire story, all of the boys on the island have been in a mind state where the fear of a greater power is lurking on the island along with them. This constant fear of a beast, and the hunting ways they have developed through the insanity Jack develops leads to the terrible death of Simon, and shows how the entire society is drastically evolving in a negative way. (Brendan)
The chant that the boys keep saying throughout the book is a motif, but it is slightly altered each time it is said. It starts off being geared toward the hunting and killing of the first pig, “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in” (75). When the group kills Simon, their chant is different, it is more geared toward the beast, “Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood! Do him in!” (152). This second chant shows fear of the “beast” that is living on the island, all of the “tribesman” attack Simon because they think he is a beast, which is just a made up figure. Even the punctuation changes in the second chant, they are yelling this chant louder due to the exclamation marks. This shows that the boys have gone from simple hunting to barbaric murder, they have lost common sense. (Greg)