Lord of the Flies Q&As #2

“Lord of the Flies”
Chapter Two – Fire on the Mountain

1) Show, using quotation, how the different personalities of Ralph, Piggy and Jack are further developed in this chapter.

2) Why does Golding mention Treasure Island, Swallows and Amazons and Coral Island on p33?
From your knowledge of the whole novel, explain the irony here.

3)Golding says the novel is largely symbolic.
In the description of the setting, there are recurring images or motifs which take on symbolic significance.

Consider: a) the mountain e) the conch
b) the fire f) Piggy’s glasses
c) the rock g) Jack’s knife
d) the platform h) the jungle, snakes and creepers

What might each of these symbolise in Golding’s analysis of human nature and society?

4) Study how Golding’s description of the fire on p44.
Show how he makes the fire appear to be a living thing.

5) Explain the significance of the following:

a) “We’ll have rules… Lots of rules! Then, when anyone breaks ‘em…” (p32)

b) “Like kids!” he said scornfully. (p37)

c) “His voice rose to a shriek of terror as Jack snatched the glasses off his face… Ralph elbowed him to one side.” (p40)

d) “’I agree with Ralph. We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages.’” (p42)

e) “’…him with the mark on his face. I don’t see him. Where is he now?’ The crowd was as silent as death.’” (pp46-47)

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