Independent Novel Projects - 2nd nine weeks
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By Tyler, Veronica, & Annie
Ralph - The protagonist, the twelve-year-old English boy who is elected leader of the group of boys stranded on the island.
Piggy - Ralph’s “lieutenant.” A whiny, intellectual boy. Piggy represents the scientific, rational side of civilization.
Jack - The antagonist, one of the older boys stranded on the island. Jack becomes the leader of the hunters but longs for total power and becomes increasingly wild, barbaric, and cruel as the novel progresses.
Roger - Jack’s “lieutenant.” A sadistic, cruel older boy who eventually murders Piggy by rolling a boulder onto him.
Simon - in some ways the only naturally “good” character on the island, behaves kindly toward the younger boys and is willing to work for the good of their community. Simon is the only character whose sense of morality does not seem to have been imposed by society. Simon represents a kind of natural goodness.
The Lord of the Flies - The name given to the sow’s head that Jack’s gang impales on a stake and erects in the forest as an offering to the “beast.” The Lord of the Flies comes to symbolize the primordial instincts of power and cruelty that take control of Jack’s tribe.
Imagery (GREAT AMOUNT of this):
This book was an easy read compared to the other novels we’ve read. It was obvious that the theme of the book dealt with the aspects of good and evil and how people are manipulated by both sides of the spectrum. Overall, this book was fun to read and kind of played out like a movie on paper. The book started off kind of slowly, introducing each character’s personality. However, the last three chapters of the book moved very quickly because this is where the majority of the action took place.