Tag: themes

What I Learned Today 10/6/2014 & 10/7/2014

LOTF Themes: Power 1: Why do the boys follow Jack’s lead more readily than they do Ralph’s? How are Jack’s power tactics different than Ralph’s? A: They follow Jack’s group because of a saying, keep your friends close, your enemies closer. When they do that, they are more protected, and they are much more safe and they get meat, something…

LOTF Themes: Wisdom & Knowledge

LOTF Theme: Wisdom & Knowledge Knowledge in Lord of the Flies is more about awareness and wisdom than anything else. There are certain important truths that some characters are privy to and others are not. The characters that are “in the know” seem to have possession of these truths innately, as though by some spiritual means. The boys left in…

LOTF Themes: Religion

LOTF Theme: Religion Lord of the Flies can be read, at least in part, as a religious allegory. It features the character Simon as a Christ-figure who is killed by the other boys. Following this train of thought, the island can be seen as the Garden of Eden, before it was corrupted by mankind and his evil activities (as represented…

LOTF Themes: Identity

LOTF Theme: Identity Halloween is a lot tamer than it was when people dressed up to scare away ghosts, but the idea is the same: disguising yourself lets you get away with things that you can’t do in your Levis and American Apparel hoody. The boys in Lord of the Flies aren’t dressing up as Freddy Krueger, but they’re still…

LOTF Themes: Power

LOTF Theme: Power Congratulations! You've just been elected student body president. What's your first move—getting the mystery meat out of the school lunches, or staking your claim to the best parking spot? In Lord of the Flies, we learn that absolute power corrupts absolutely—but limited power might end up making leaders better. This is the difference between Ralph, who gets…

LOTF Themes: Youth

LOTF Theme: Youth The island is strictly pre-teen, with no messy hormones to make things even worse. Maybe some of the boys have peach fuzz—we bet Jack does—but in general, these are little boys playing little boy games. Only the games aren’t so innocent. Lord of the Flies asks a crucial question: are kids really innocent, or do even six-year-olds…

What I Learned Today 9/29/2014

LOTF Theme: Rules & Order Ralph’s attempted system of law lasts about five minutes before breaking down. Does Jack take over with anarchy, or with his own system of laws? Is anarchy really just another system, no different than any other arbitrary set of values? In my opinion, I feel that anarchy is made up of two laws: do the…