For: ONLY periods 4 or 7

Set-up: By this point in time, all of you have completed Golding’s Lord of the Flies (including taking a test and seeing the original film version).  The test will be heavily focused on key quotations taken directly from the novel (in order to see if you are able to tell who said the key line(s)).


  • Identify what YOU believe is the most important quotation in the entire novel (in terms of supporting Golding’s main argument/ideas).  Add the chapter and page #.
  • Explain why this is so vital to a reader fully understanding what Golding is trying to accomplish.

Length: 5+ sentences.


8 responses to “W10, #5: THE STORY IN A SINGLE LINE

  1. I think the most important quote is on page 89. It’s when Simon makes the comment after they first discussed the possibility of a beast. He doesn’t believe in the beast and he says “…maybe it’s only us.”

    This is importnat because Golding wants to show the reader that every normal person under the right circumstances can turn into a beast, or savage. He points this out because it plays a big role later on in the story.


    Mr. Long: We have to put this in the top 5, for sure. Hard to analyze the text and not consider Simon’s observation that early on.

  2. I think the most important quote would have to be “Unless we get frightened of people.” It is on page 84 which I think is very early on in the book for someone to realize this. It shows that Piggy is very intelligent. It foreshadows the boys getting out of control. In the end, Ralph actually does become frightened of the boys. The boys become capable of hurting and even killing each other, and Piggy realizes that very early on.

  3. I think the most important quote is “Which is better, to be pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is?” Jack’s tribe really becomes a group of savage. All they do is to go hunting, and the fire supposes to be a symbol to be rescued. But they use them for cooking and having feast. Piggy really wants to wake them up, but the dark side always wins. They don’t listen at him and even use the rock smashes him down. For a example, people always like to play than do homework, sometime they will even forget to do their homework. In the novel, they really lose their mind. In this point, they are not human anymore; they look more like a beast.

  4. I think the most important quote is when Jack puts on the mask and “[It] compelled them.” It’s the starting point of everything, all the hell and death, the breakdown. Once Jack puts it on he loses his identity and becomes something else, the beast. Jack then uses the fear that manifested inside all of the kids to do everything for him. Then it shows how without the rules that hold people together, they go crazy, become violent, they become like Jack. Basically it’s the hint to all 3 of the messages Golding is trying to portray: 1. Loss of Identity 2. Power manipulation 3. Rules are what hold society together.

  5. Page 91 The rules!” shouted Ralph. “You’re breaking the rules!”
    “Who cares?”
    “Because the rules are the only thing we’ve got.” I think this is a very important quote because what Ralph is really saying is that the rules are the only thing left connecting them to society. It is all they have left. They have nothing else that keeps them sane and from becoming savages. The rules will help them to stay kids. It is their only chance of survival because the rules with help them to get the things done they need to make it.

  6. “What I mean is . . . Maybe it’s only us . . .”

    This quote was said by simon and it was in my opoion the most important quote in the story. This one line sums up the entire story. The boys were alone on the island and in there heads the created this beast. The whole story is based on the boys trying to defend themselves against a creture created by a group of large. in this one Quote golding explains this.

  7. On page 202 Golding states that Ralph “…wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” At this point in the story Ralph knows that he will be rescued, and it causes him to stop and think about all the events that have occurred on the island. Instead of being glad that he has been saved, he is deeply disturbed after having learned of the evil that every human being is capable of. He will never be the same after his experience; he has truly been affected by the savage instincts that lie within people.

  8. I think the most important quote would have been when “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” page 202. Towards the end of the novel on ch 12, Ralph had been running from the boys. There was complete chaos and destruction on the island as they were trying to hunt and kill Ralph. He falls infront of the naval captain and wept for everything that happened on the island. Golding explains Ralph’s emotions very well. He cried for piggy and that he is also safe. At this state the reader must see that Ralph was in complete shock. He was so close to death yet he escaped it.

    Mr. Long I am very sorry for turning in this week’s entries so late. I hope you will give me a little leniency because I feel that up to now I have been very good at taking care of all my entries every week. If not I understand, and I will just make up for it next week. Hope you understand, thanks.

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