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fights with Ralph. While the battle is occurring, Rodger rolls a boulder down the mountain killing Piggy and shattering the conch shell. Ralph escapes the battle and hides for the rest of the night while the others hunt for him. Jack has the other boys ignite the forest in order to smoke out Ralph. Ralph stays in the forest where he finds the sow’s head but is eventually forced out onto the beach because of the smoke. He is nervous because he knows the boys will try to kill him and he collapses in exhaustion, but when he looks up, he sees a British naval officer standing over him. The officer sees the fire in the jungle and the other boys reach the beach and see the officer. When the officer is stunned by the bloodthirsty group of boys, he asks Ralph to explain and Ralph breaks down after thinking about what has happened. The other boys begin to cry as well and the officer leaves to let the boys regain composure.
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Describe the author’s style: William Goldings style throughout the novel is indicative of where he grew up and they style of writing they portray. He is originally from Britain and this style of writing can be seen when he uses odd words such as “littun,” (46). and “Wacco,” (25). Also, the novel was written in the post-World War Two setting and gives the feeling of depression that was felt after the devastation of the war. The dark elements of his novel reflect what he actually felt during the war as he served in the Royal Navy during it. An example of this would be, “His head opened up and stuff came out and turned red,” (p. 165). This type of writing would not be seen in a normal teen book but Golding uses it to show the trauma he experienced and reflected that pain onto paper. Quote Significance “Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law,” (p. 62). This quotation shows us the psychological workings behind the beginnings of that willingness. It describes the beginnings of Roger’s cruelty to the littluns, an important early step in the group’s decline into savagery. Roger feels the urge to torment Henry, the littlun, by pelting him with stones, but the vestiges of socially imposed standards of behavior are still too strong for him to give in completely to his savage urges. “There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?” These are the lines the Lord of the Flies speaks to Simon during his vison in the glade. After these lines are spoken, the boys realize that the only beasts on the island are the ones inside themselves. “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy,” ( These lines are towards the end of the novel and is after the boys encounter the naval officer. The rescue allows Ralph to realize that although he is saved, he will never be the same.
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