Reading Schedule
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The Lord of the Flies
Chapter 1
Wednesday, September 10th
Chapter 2
Monday, September 15th
Chapter 3
Wednesday, September 17th
Chapter 4
Friday, September 19th
Chapter 5
Tuesday, September 23rd
Chapter 6
Tuesday, September 30th
Chapter 7
Tuesday, September 30th
Chapter 8
Friday, October 3rd
Chapter 9
Tuesday, October 7th
Chapter 10
Thursday, October 9th
Chapter 11
Wednesday, October 15th
Chapter 12
Wednesday, October 15th

TEST (tentative) Wednesday 10/17

al·le·go·ry :the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence; a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation

Essential Questions for
Lord of the Flies:
  • What is reason? Does it have an opposite?
  • What rules a person, reason or appetite?
  • How do we know what is right and wrong without society’s values?
  • If there were no consequences, how would you choose (to act)?
  • What motivates human beings?
  • When is human nature/ the human condition best studied/ most authentic?
  • What is mankind’s essential illness?



Chapter 1
Efflorescence: Blooming of flowers, state of flowering
Enmity: Deep seated hatred; State of being an enemy
Decorous: Exhibiting appropriate behavior or conduct
Bastion: A stronghold or fortification; similar to a stronghold
Hiatus: A gap or interruption in continuity; a break or pause
Indignation: Anger caused by something unjust, mean, or unworthy
Pallid: Extremely pale
Effulgence: to shine brilliantly; radiant

Chapter 2
Gesticulate: To use gestures, in an animated/excited manner with or instead of speech
Ebullience: Zestful or spirited enthusiasm
Recrimination: The act of accusing in return; opposing another charge
Tumult: Commotion of a great crowd; disorder
Tirade: A long angry or violent speech; a diatribe

Chapter 3
Oppressive: Using power unjustly; burdensome
Inscrutable: Difficult to understand, mysterious
Vicissitudes: A change or variation; unexpected changes in life
Declivities: Downward slopes, as of a hill
Tacit: Not spoken; implied by actions or statements

Chapter 4-6
Incredulous: The state of disbelief
Malevolent: Having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious. 2. Having an evil or harmful influence.
Preposterous: Contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; absurd
Opaque: Impenetrable by light; neither transparent nor translucent.
Speculation: Contemplation or consideration of a subject; meditation
Tempestuously: turbulently; stormy
Lament: Expressing sorrow or regret
Diffident: Hesitating due to lack of self-confidence; unassertive
Effigy: An image or representation especially of a person
Decorum: Orderly; good conduct or appearance

Chapters 7-9
Furtive: stealth, sly
Sensual: exciting senses, appetites
Multitudinous: many present in number
Impervious: not capable of being damaged or harmed
Cessation: a temporary or final ceasing or end

Chapters 10-12
Abet: addition, accessory
Unencumbered: not weighed down, not burdened
Adjunct: assist, support, aid
Primordial: original, here from the start, fundamental
Omnipresence: state of being everywhere all at once; all knowing

Writing Assignments
#1 Contrast Ralph and Jack as individuals, leaders, and cohabitants on the island. Take into account their appearance, behavior, and dialogue.
Due: Friday, September 19

#2 If we can‘t separate our civilized self from our savage self which will take over and why?
Choose from one of the following prompts to respond to:
  • How does society shape the way one behaves? Substantiate this using specific examples from the text.
  • How is the society the boys created on the island seem to be breaking down? Substantiate this using specific examples from the text.
Due: Wednesday, September 24

  1. Two paragraph minimum (300 words)
  2. Support your ideas with evidence from the text
  3. MUST have at least two quotes/excerpts to support your points (one for each character)
  4. Proof read your completed draft for meaning, development, organization, and conventions
  5. No introduction or conclusion paragraph necessary (not an essay)


The Beast – Is it within or without?

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*“ ‘Maybe there is a beast,’” remarked Simon. “ ‘What I mean is…maybe it’s only us.’ Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind’s essential illness.” (Ch. 5)

‘ Unless we get frightened of people.’” – (Piggy Ch. 5)

“What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?” - Piggy (Ch. 5)

“A thin wail out of the darkness chilled them and set them grabbing for each other.” (Ch. 5)

“A figure dropping swiftly beneath a parachute, a figure that hung with dangling limbs.”(Ch. 6)

    • “Simon walking in front of Ralph, felt a flicker of incredulity – a beast with claws that scratched, that sat on a mountain-top, that left no tracks and yet was not fast enough to catch Samneric. However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick.” (Ch. 6)

“There was nowhere to hide, even if one did not have to go on.” (Ch. 6)

Simon / Christ Motif
Simon/Lord of the Flies scene: the talking pig’s head isn’t a mere hallucination – it’s the actual Lord of the Flies, Beelzebub, the Devil, evil incarnate.lord_of_the_flies.jpg

Name = Simon, which happens to be the name of one of the twelve apostles. Simon started out as Simon until Jesus decided really his name should be “Peter” instead. Now, as you’ll see elsewhere in this module, Lord of the Flies is sort of a response to another book, The Coral Island. Golding went so far as to use the same names for his characters, taking Ralph, Jack, and Peterkin. Except “Peterkin” ended up as “Simon.”

And then there’s Simon’s affinity for meditation, his kindred spirit-ness with animals, his “suffer the little children unto me” attitude (think about the fruit-picking), and his ability to prophesize (like when he tells Ralph that Ralph will get home, and sort of suggests that he himself won’t).

We can compare Jesus’s visit to the Garden of Gethsemane the night before he was crucified to Simon’s experience in the jungle with the pig-head. Jesus experiences long and solitary mental suffering, much like Simon undergoes the night before he meets his own untimely death. Simon is “thirsty,” and later “very thirsty,” and although the text doesn’t say it, we can only assume that at one point later he is very, very thirsty. He’s also sweating, having a seizure, and bleeding profusely from his nose. So, if Simon’s “night before” matches up with Jesus’s “night before,” then it’s only natural for us to compare their deaths as well.

Does Simon die for the sins of the boys? Are they somehow saved by his death? The most potent conclusion is that Simon was the boys’ savior: he alone had the knowledge of the beast’s true nature, and he alone had the potential to save the boys from themselves and their fear…..and then they killed him.

Which do you think is more appropriate for juveniles who have committed violent crimes: being tried strictly as adults, being released at 18 or 21, or the “rolling sentencing” advocated by the editorial writer? What examples can you think of to support your view?

1. Do you think that Nathaniel Brazill meant to kill his teacher?

2. Do you think it fair to sentence a fourteen-year-old to life in prison, even if he may come to regret his crime when he grows up? What punishment would you consider to be fair?

3.Would you consider yourself accountable for all your actions? Do you think that because you are still young, you sometimes act in a way that an adult would not? Do you think this is an excuse to commit violent crimes and not be accountable for them?