Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mob Mentality and Lord of the Flies

In the novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, William uses the group of boys as a mob as both a positive and a negative. When the lighting strikes on Jack's feast in chapter 9, the littluns gather in a nervous circle of saftey and begin to chant "'Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!'" (152)

Prison Experiment Responce

When you put good people in an evil or uncivilized place, people make up their own rules based on what they think and the situation often turns uncivilized, or savage. For example, in The Stanford Prison Experiment conducted by professor Philip Zimbardo. Good college kids were split into guards with uniforms and shades and prisoners with gowns and new names that were a string of numbers. The guards were told not to hurt any of the prisoners, but as the time went by this rule from society was neglected and the guards chastised the prisoners. Another example of evil taking over our senses is in the book by William Golding called Lord of the Flies. In the novel, one boy named Jake rises in antagonism, painted his face "'for hunting. Like in the war... Like things trying to look like something else (63 Golding)" and eventually became chief of a savage tribe. Everyone on the island except a few young boys became savage, or overcome by evil. Because of these two different examples, I believe one thing stays in common; good people become bad and/or savage in an uncivilized world.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"Lord of the Flies" Smoke in the Air

 "Smoke in the Air"

           "Something flittered there in front of his mind like a bat's wing, obscuring his idea" (108)

Ralph's moment of doubt is being compared to a bat's wing. He had an important idea that he wanted to convey to the group about the necessity of smoke from the fire on the mountaintop for their rescue, but Ralph's inner child took a second to stop him and look at the fun everyone else was having pushing rocks into the ocean. Ralph is twelve. But his mature- and adult-self recovered quick because their situation on the island is serious. Also, Ralph believes their number-one priority should be making enough smoke to be noticed and rescued from this remote island. Golding uses figurative language here because doubt is a hard thing to visualize. Ralph's second of uncertainty is gone like the breath in between consecutive sentences and can easily be skipped without the visual Golding writes for readers in this sentence.

The image above represents the moment when Ralph has his doubt. His idea is the light behind the hands, trying to get through. The hands represent the bat's wing and/or doubt. The hands block out the idea and become the focus of thought.