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English 11: Another 5 Sentences, another 5 Minutes, and another 5 Marks

1 Mar

In Class Response: Is Simon experiencing the presence of evil or is he just dehydrated? Give reasons for your belief?

As Simon rests on his bed of vines, stricken with severe dehydration, he watching an extremely savage event unfold. He peered through the vines, to watch Jack and his band of hunters ambush and brutally slaughter a mother sow.As the boys slaughtered the sow, the spew its guts to and fro, leaving a great mess for the flies to consume. Jack and his hunting crew tore the head off of the mother pig, and mounted it upon one of the boy’s crude hunting spear. This is where the story takes and important turn, and reveals the very theme of the novel. Here, Simon meets the physical manifestation of the evil that is on this island: The evil in the heart of man This evil presents itself in the form of the pig head, calling himself “The Lord of The Flies”. It talks to Simon, reminding him that there is no other help for him, besides the Lord of The Flies. The pig ask Simon if he knew that the pig was a part of him. Suggesting that even though Simon is the symbol or purity, he is not exempt for the presence of even in man. This event was not a hallucination, but a “spiritual” epiphany of the character while he in his most vulnerable state.

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English 11: 5 Sentences, 5 Minutes, 5 Marks

27 Feb

Response #1 – Who do you think should be the leader? Ralph? Jack? Piggy? Simon?

Of all of the boys stranded on the Island, Ralph is best suited to lead. He takes an extremely democratic approach to things, ensuring everything is fair, and focusing a lot on “Majority Vote”. Another very important aspect of Ralph is that he is almost always looking out for the well being of the boys. While the rest of the children are running around, playing, and just wasting time, Ralph assembles everyone. During his assemblies, he gives everybody tasks which are meant to improve the general well being of the group. These tasks both gives the boys a sense of purpose, benefiting their survival through shelter, food, and morale. Ralph also connects with the other boys emotionally, and forms very important bonds with his people. Jack, Piggy, and Simon, compared to Ralph, and unfit to lead the group, as Ralph is superior in every way.

Response #2 – What is the Greatest Fear the boys face?

Throughout the novel, the boys face many different “Beasties”, all meant to symbolize fear. Of all of the fear faced in the novel, none of the beasties should be considered the boy’s greatest fear. The greatest fear the boys should face is the fear of themselves. The “Beasties” and the “Ghosts” and all of the other nasties are not evil at all. The only evil on the Island is the boys themselves.

 

 

 

 

Response #3 – What will Jack carry away from the experience? Roger? Sam and Eric?

Isolated from society, the boys quickly lost their social conditioning, which enabled their grim, true nature to be expressed. All of the boys experienced significant change and trauma which they will have to face for the rest of their lives. Jack degenerated from a fragile choir boy, to a totalitarianistic, blood-lusting dictator. He will have to live with the guilt of indirectly murdering 2 boys, as well as live with knowing just how much of a monster he is capable of becoming. As for Roger, Roger will have to live with the guilt of killing Piggy, and will have to come to terms with his violent nature. Sam’n Eric will have to live with knowing that their innocence has been stripped of them by Jack and his hunting tribe. And they will most definitely suffer an identity crisis, since the duration of their time on the island was stripping the two of them of all individuality, and essentially turning the two, into one. All of the boys have suffered tremendously on the island, and will have to carry away a lot of emotional baggage from the experience.

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