Lord of the Flies Questions
Assignment: You will be writing a four paragraph essay on Lord of the Flies. Use Jane Shaffer format throughout the paper. Also, each body paragraph MUST include at least one quotation CD with proper in-text source citations. Choose only one essay topic Chapter 6: “Beast From Air” 1 . Consider the character of Jack Merrier. How does he appear to be a qualified leader? What are his actual qualifications? WSDL he be a good leader? Why or why not? Compare him to Ralph. Who is better suited to lead the boys? Generally sum up why Jacks character is introducing anarchy on the island and how.
Chapter 7: Shadows and Tall Trees” 1 . The scene in which the boys beat Robert is a crucial development in the story. Examine this situation. What do the boys’ actions say about their descent toward savagery? Why is it so surprising that Ralph eagerly takes part in the ritual? Why does he? What do the boys’ actions after the beating say about their situation? Chapter 8: “Gift for the Darkness” 1 . Trace the boys’ gradual descent toward savagery to this point in the novel. What does it say about the nature of the beast? What is the beast? Who are the boys most closely related to it? When has it shown itself already? Where is it?
Why don’t they see it? Chapter 9: “A View to a Death” 2. What is the meaning behind Simony’s death? How and why is he killed? What is he doing when he is killed? Why do Ralph and Piggy have a part in his death? What part do they play? Chapter 10: “The Shell and the Glasses” 1 . How do Ralph, Piggy, and Sameness react to their roles in Simony’s death? What does this tell you about them? What does it tell you about the boys in general? How is this experience related to Gildings theme that the flaws of mankind are inherent in man’s nature? Chapter 1 1: “Castle Rock” 1 . Trace Rorer’s evolution from “dark boy’ to sadist.
What behavior has he expressed that has gradually led him to evolve into a frightening and dangerous figure? How is he a natural extension of Jacks authority? What place does the future hold for Roger on the island? 2. Examine Piggy’s last day of life on the island. What does it say about his character and his role on the island? What does he do? Why does he do it? How does his death contribute to the symbolism of the boys’ descent toward savagery? Additional topics 1 . Trace the symbolism of the conch through the novel showing how the shell is invested with power and how that power is destroyed. 2.
Compare Piggy and Simon as doomed heroes. 3. Follow the boys’ loss of civilization and discuss the ways in which Gilding lets us will have a point or a moral. What is the moral in Lord of the Flies? 5. Compare our first and last views of Ralph and explain how they differ. 6. Choose any of the main characters whose personalities are described in detail (Ralph, Jack, Simon, Piggy, Roger) and trace their development in the story as it pertains to Gildings theory that the basic flaw of mankind is inherent in man. Support your thesis with character details highlighting their flaws or descent into savagery.