Who said that? “We need an assembly. Not for fun. Not for laughing and falling off the log.” Ralph
Who said that? “I am frightened of us.” Ralph
Who said that? “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.” Jack
Who is that? Still he did not move but lay there, his face sideways on the earth, his eyes looking dully before him. Simon
Who is that? He was the only boy on the island whose hair never seemed to grow. Piggy
What’s that all about? However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick. Simon doesn’t believe in the Beast, he realises that it is what is within the boys themselves that is to be feared.
What’s that all about? The beast was harmless and horrible, and the news must reach the others as quickly as possible. This is the moment Simon realises that the beast is the dead parachutist.
What’s that all about? At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, scream, struck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws. This is when Simon is murdered at the hands of the others.
The Island • As the result of an evacuation gone wrong, the boys find themselves on an uninhabited island with no adult supervision • Initially they see this as a great opportunity but it quickly becomes part of their downfall - the lack of supervision and order means that there is nothing to shield the boys from their true nature • The island is self-sufficient and self-contained – it is their haven
The island itself is an obvious symbol of the boys’ isolation – they are surrounded by water with no means of escaping • When we first learn about the island, the palm tree-lined lagoon is described, giving the impression of luxury and excitement • This quickly changes as Ralph looks out to the coral reef and beyond that, a “dark blue” of the “open sea” - a much less comforting image
A Sense of Order? • When the boys first arrive on the island, they impose a sense of order on it – • The platform is used for meetings • The lagoon is used for swimming • The beaches are got building huts • The mountain is used for the signal fire
Castle Rock • When the group split into 2 tribes, this changes • Jack chooses to take his tribe to Castle Rock, the detached pile of rocks which lie just off one end of the island • This is seen as the more brutal end of the island, which is true in the sense that it is less hospitable and that the boys with the darker nature end up residing here • Castle Rock is on the side of the open water which, according to Ralph, is a place of “brute obtuseness” – this mirrors the boys that move to this area
An odd place to stay? • Castle Rock is not only a physically harsh place, but also mentally • The boys assume that the Beast must be at Castle Rock, which makes their choice of staying there even more odd. This is ironic given that it is here Piggy meets his death. Although there is no Beast, it is true that the beast is at Castle Rock given that the boys have moved there
Team Beach Vs Team Castle Rock • The Beach versus Castle Rock issue also represents Ralph versus Jack. They each have opposing ideas of how the island should be run, as well as displaying contrasting aspects of human nature • Jack is wild, unruly and dark in nature, similar to the conditions of Castle Rock. Ralph has the potential to be the same but he is much more in control of himself and is a safer bet for a leader, just as the beach is a safer environment for the boys