Chapter One – The Sound of the Shell
1) The boys are in a serious situation due to the imperfect nature of society which Golding wants to analyse.
How have the boys landed in this situation? Find at least SIX pieces of evidence.
2) In the first chapter alone, much is revealed about the main characters.
Write a brief character sketch for each of Ralph, Piggy, Jack and Simon.
Use quotation to illustrate the points you make.
3) From your knowledge of the whole novel, pick out incidents which foreshadow important events later on.
4) Although the boys gradually shake off the restraints of civilisation, these are still present in the first chapter.
Give THREE examples where such restraints are still operating.
5) Explain the significance of the following:
a) “a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil” (p5)
b) “here at last was the imagined but never fully realised place leaping into real life” (p10)
c) “there was a slight, furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy” (p18)
d) “Green candles, said Jack contemptuously” (p28)