Lord of the Flies William Golding S4 National 5 Prose Study
Lord of the Flies – Chapter 9A View to a Death We are learning to: Success Criteria Analyse the use of atmosphere / symbolism I can: identify elements of weather (atmosphere) I can: discuss Simon’s role as a symbol. • Jotter? • Planner on the desk? • Pen or pencil? Achieving this S.C. means you are on target!
Chapter Summary • Simon climbs to the mountain top where he considers the corpse of the dead parachutist. • Having worked out what it is, he makes his way down to tell the other boys. • Below, the boys are indulging in tribal dances. • Simon stumbles into the dancing circle . • The boys kill Simon in their frenzy. • The bodies of Simon and the parachutist are washed out to sea.
RECAP: Simon and the Lord of the Flies I’m the Beast. You’re not wanted. Don’t try to escape! We shall do you. Simon’s imaginary conversation with the pig’s head is foreshadowing his own death at the hands of the other boys.
RECAP: Religious symbolism The name ‘Lord of the Flies’ is one example of religious symbolism in the novel. Can you identify any other religious symbols in the novel? The island represents the Garden of Eden. The beast symbolizes the devil, who enters the Garden of Eden in the shape of a snake, and leads Adam and Eve to sin. As a truly good character Simon becomes a Christ-like figure.
The Storm In Chapter Nine the weather on the island changes suddenly. Select four quotes which trace the build-up of the storm. Over the island the build-up of clouds continued. The dark sky was shattered by a blue-white scar. All at once the thunder struck. Then the clouds opened and let down the rain like a waterfall. What is the significance of the storm? What might it symbolize?
The Storm - Symbolism • The brewing storm is symbolic of the growing savagery of the boys, which is about to come to a tragic conclusion. • The storm erupts just as Simon is murdered.
Simon Simon is portrayed as a truly good character in the novel, and before his death we see him undertake a final act of kindness in Chapter Nine. • What does he do? • In what other ways has Simon shown his ‘goodness’ throughout the novel? Simon is savagely killed as he tries to tell the others the truth about the ‘beast’ The nature of his death has religious overtones. • Can you identify what Simon’s death could symbolize?
Simon represents good in the novel – his actions confirm him as a saint, a Christ-like figure. • When he tries to tell the others the truth about the beast he is in the role of a saviour and is then murdered at the hands of the other boys who mistake him for the beast. • This has overtones of Christ’s crucifixion.