Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies by Mind Map: Lord of the Flies

1. "He passed his tongue against dry lips and scanned the uncommunicative forest"

1.1. It's almost as if the forest is protecting the pig - that it is making it hard for Jack to track and kill it.

1.1.1. This picture is from an article about a secret refuge that people discovered in the forest, and it looks really similar to how I imagine where the boys are living.

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2. “Over the island the build-up of clouds continued. A steady current of heated air rose all day from the mountain … Nothing prospered but the flies who blackened their lord and made the split guts look like a heap of glistening coal.” Pg. 145

2.1. I feel in this passage, as Golding usually does when describing physical environment, he is foreshadowing future events. This particular description, he is possibly foreshadowing Simon’s death. “By early evening the sun had gone and a brassy glare had taken place of clear daylight.” In this portion of my quote, I feel the brassy glare is representing maybe the heavens opening up, or something to do with Simon being the Christ-like figure of the group of boys. And as for the heated air that comes off the mountain, it could possibly be all the tension which will later rise when the boys think they are seeing the beast.

3. "Strange things happened at midday. The glittering sea rose up, moved apart in planes of blatant impossibility; the coral reef and the few stunted palms that clung to the more elevated parts would float up into the sky, would quiver, be plucked apart, run like raindrops on a wire or be repeated as in an odd succession of mirrors. Sometimes land loomed where there was no land and flicked out like a bubble as the children watched. Piggy discounted all ths learnedly as a "mirage"; and since no boy could reach even the reef over the stretch of water where the snapping sharks waited, they grew accustomed to these mysteries and ignored them, just as they did the miraculous throbbing stars. " Pg. 58

3.1. I feel this quote, while describing the physical environment, is making comments of humanity itself. Even in the quote itself "ignored them just as they ignored the miraculous throbbing stars." Golding is implying that most of humanity wont question things, or explore them. Like the mirage or the stars. And I feel Golding's comments are very true, because the average person doesn't challenge unknown things, they merely accept the fact that they are unknown.

4. "I can hardly move with all the creeper things" pg 7

4.1. This quote shows that there is a scary and mysterious area on the island that the boys are scared about. This sets a tone for the entire story that gives the book a adventurous story line.

4.1.1. this is saying that they fear it cause they probally tthink the beast lives there and dont want to go near that area. ~alex

5. “Ralph climbed onto the platform carefully. The coarse grass was still worn away where the assembly used to sit; the fragile white conch still gleamed by the polished seat.” Pg. 155

5.1. In this text from Lord of the Flies, Golding has described the new physical condition of what used to be, a very popular area. I had hypothesized in a previous paragraph that all the boys would have a large feast in this area. I was wrong. The exact opposite has happened; the assembly spot has become deserted. The fact that Ralph has even abandoned this civil spot, I feel is showing although he is trying to remain normal, he is becoming slightly crazy and savage.

6. "The silence of the forest was more oppressive than the heat, and at this hour of day there was not even the whine of insects

6.1. This quote reinforces the idea that they're totally alone. Without even insects buzzing it shows how humans are the only things making noise.

6.1.1. This image reminds me of your quote, and it is kind of what I imagine where the boys live.

7. "Echoes set ringing by a harsh cry that seemed to come out of the abyss of ages"

7.1. Golding is telling us that the island is ancient and before human time, which justifies them being alone on it

8. "Instead of bald trunks supporting a dark roof there were light grey trunks and crowns of feathery palm"

8.1. This shows that the island can switch from the gloomy desolate place it is to a more relaxed, tropical-ish island.

8.1.1. I think this quote, as well as showing the island, is also foreshadowing the boys. The boys become these savage beings. But in the beginning of the book, they were young, normal school boys.

9. "Grass was worn away in front of each trunk but grew tall and untrodden in the center of the triangle. Then, at the apex, the grass was thick again because no one sat there.” Pg. 77

9.1. In this quote, I feel Golding uses the short description of the physical environment to show the passage of time. He is implying that the grass where all the boys sit has been pushed down many times. It also implied that the boys had held many meetings. I feel like the quote is also using a tiny bit of foreshadowing in the chapter. The passing of time is showing that people are starting to get desperate, which is shown throughout the next part of the chapter.

9.2. this is showing since no one sat in that spot grass grew there unlike where the boys whould have sat. ~alex

10. "With that word the heat seemed to increase till it become a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence"

10.1. Here, this quote almost seems to seem as if the jungle is attacking them and has a conscience of its own.

10.1.1. "Effulgence is brightness taken to the extreme. You may be dazzled by it, stunned by it, or even overcome by it. Usually used to refer to the sun or some other mega-star" I think this definition helps explain the quote and the analysis.

11. “But this is a good island. We-jack, Simon, and me-we climbed the mountain. Its wizard. There’s food and” Drink, and-“ “Rocks and-“ “Blue flowers-“ this qoute is showing the diffrent things that are on the island. ~alex

11.1. I think this quote is showing that before they discovered the savages inside themselves, they were excited for the island.

12. “He put on his glasses waded away from ralph and crouched down among the tangled foliage." the jungle is thick. ~alex

13. “He walked with an accustomed tread through the acres of fruit trees, where the least energetic could find an easy if unsatisfying meal. Flower and fruit grew together on the same tree and everywhere was the scent of ripeness and the booming of a million bees at pasture.” this is showing how fruit and flowers grow on the same tree and it shows the beauty in the island. ~alex

14. “There was no sign left of the storm, and the beach was swept clean like a blade that has been scoured. The sky and the mountain were at an immense distance, shimmering in the heat; and the reef was lifted by mirage, floating in a kind of silver pool halfway up the sky.” pg. 173

14.1. In this quote from Lord of the Flies, I feel Golding is using the description of the physical environment to symbolize the fact that Simon’s death is over. I just get this vibe that the fact that the beach is all clean is implying that there are no more reminders of Simon. Or the fact that the reef was lifted, somewhat like a painting or a final gift of Simon’s passing. And by this chapter, the death is nothing more than the past, and I feel this quote really highlights this.

15. “Yard by yard, puff by puff, the breeze hauled the figure through the blue flowers, over the boulders and red stones, till it lay huddled among the shattered rocks of the mountaintop." showing all the things on the island and the colors of them ~alex

16. "There was only a narrow strip of firm bead between the water and the stumbling stuff. pg 76

17. “the fair boy allowed his feet to come down and sat on the steamy earth." this is showing how the earth is and what the earths surface is like there. ~alex

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19. “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”

20. This shows an ending to the book, the end of starvation. The end of cannibalism you would think, but the fight continues to go on and shortly after that they start to hunt Ralph.

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22. “What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?”

23. This quote shows that the young boys do not even know what they have become. They have been caught up with all the hunting and bad influences that they are not sure if they are even humans at this point.

24. “the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.”

25. This quote shows that there is the end of government and that the boys are getting out of hand. The conch was the only sense of government that kept them going, and now it is gone.