Definition: having rich or profuse growth
Definition: relating to motherhood
Definition: thick underbrush providing cover
Definition: attitude scornful of the motives or virtues of others
Definition: dullness; flatness; lack of sharp edges
Definition: to criticize or reprimand
Definition: incapable of being affected
Definition: sacredness; godliness
How does Ralph react when a boar comes charging down the patch?
When a boar comes charging down the path, Ralph immediately throws a spear at it, hitting it in its snout. Although he did not nearly kill the boar, he is overcome with excitement and eager to retell the story. This brings out a new side to Ralph’s personality, as he becomes violent and excited about the concept of killing.
To what does Ralph’s demonstration of his hunting prowess lead?
Because of his demonstration of his hunting skill, Ralph gains respect from all the boys. It solidifies his position as chief and causes the littluns to fear him. Unfortunately, it also leads to a reenactment of what happened, with a boy named Robert used as the boar. However, the reenactment escalates, and Robert ends up injured and almost killed.
What did the boys see on the mountaintop?
On the mountaintop, the boys (Ralph, Jack, Roger) see the corpse of a parachutist, but believe that it is the beast that everyone fears.
Why is the action of the story increasingly taking place in the near darkness or in the deep night when only the moon and stars give a little light?
When the story began, it was bright and happy and it took place in sunshine during the day. As the intensity of the story increases, and the boys become more violent and savage, the action moves near to nighttime, when it is dark out. This affects the mood, making things seem more dark and mysterious.
How does Ralph’s waning confidence in himself show in his words and actions?
Ralph’s self-confidence begins to decrease when he realizes that he is not an effective leader and that many of the boys are starting to join Jack’s side. This in his words and actions. During his speech, Ralph continually loses track of what he is saying and needs to think harder than in the past. He also bites his nails, plays with his hair, and talks to himself.
Although he is not able to get the boys to vote Ralph out of office as chief, Jack manages to overthrow Ralph’s authority anyway. How?
Although he is not able to get the boys to vote Ralph out of office as chief, Jack manages to overthrow Ralph’s authority. He creates a tribe of his own and invites everyone to join him. Some go and some stay with Jack. However, when Jack catches a pig offers it along with other food to the boys, almost all who stayed loyal to Ralph switch to Jack’s side.
Jack suggests a way to keep the beast happy. What is it?
Jack suggests that in order to keep the beast happy, they should stay off the mountain and give the beast an offering of the sow’s head mounted on a stick and her guts.
Describe Simon’s strange encounter with the Lord of the Flies
Simon finds the head of the sow the hunters killed mounted on a stick in the clearing he had previously visited, left as an offering to the beast. He has a hallucination, seeing the pig’s head swarming with flies. The head speaks to Simon, as the “Lord of the Flies,” explains that he will never be able to escape from the beast, because it lives in all humans.
Who or what is the Lord of the Flies?
The “Lord of the Flies” is the concept of evil. It is represented by the sow’s head, mounted on a stick.