Lord of the Flies-William Golding

English II-MacPherson

Passage Analysis


Key passages from the text have been listed for close analysis.  You are required to indicate key words or phrases with a highlighter, define key or unfamiliar words (using a dictionary), indicate who or what each passage is about, identify all pronouns and references, and state the significance of each quote.  These are notes and do not have to be in complete sentences.  I have selected quotes for the first ten chapters; you must find them for the last two.


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Chapter One- “The Sound of the Shell”


1) “The fair boy said this solemnly; but then the delight of a realized ambition overcame him.  In the middle of the scar he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy.”  (8)




2) “’I expect we’ll want to know all their names’ said the fat boy, ‘and make a list.  We ought to have a meeting.’”  (10 or 11)




3) “We can use this to call the others.  Have a meeting.”  (15 or 16)




4) “The children gave him the same simple obedience that they had given to the men with the megaphones.”  (17 or 18)




5) “The creature was a party of boys, marching approximately in step in two parallel lines and dressed in strangely eccentric clothing.”  (18 or 19)




6) “’Kid’s names,’ said Merridew, ‘Why should I be Jack?  I’m Merridew.”  (20 or 21)




7) “The being that had blown that, had sat waiting for them on the platform with the delicate thing balanced on his knee, was set apart.”  (21 or 22)



8) “The pause was only long enough for them to understand what an enormity the downward stroke would be.”  (29 or 31)

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Chapter Two- “Fire on the Mountain”


1) “The simple statement, unbacked by any proof but the weight of Ralph’s new authority, brought light and happiness.”  (37)





2) “Like a bunch of kids—“ (38)





3) “Ralph and Jack looked at each other while society paused around them.”  (40)






4) “The conch doesn’t count on top of the mountain.”  (42)






5) “After all we’re not savages.”  (42)






6) “Piggy glanced nervously into hell and cradled the conch.”  (44)







7) “That little’un that had a mark on his face—where is—he now?  I tell you I don’t see him.”  (46)






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Chapter Three- “Huts on the Beach”


1) “’Meetings.  Don’t we love meetings?  Every day.  Twice a day.  We talk.’  He got on one elbow.  ‘I bet if I blew the conch this minute, they’d come running.  Then we’d be, you know, very solemn, and someone would say we ought to build a jet, or a submarine, or a TV set.  When the meeting was over they’d work for five minutes, than wander off or go hunting.’”  (46 or 51)









2) “But you feel as if you’re not hunting, but being hunted, as if something’s behind you all the time in the jungle.”  (48 or 53)









3) “They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling, unable to communicate.”  (50 or 55)









4) “Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands.”  (51 or 56)









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Chapter Four- “Painted Faces and Long Hair”


1) “The undoubted littluns, those aged about six, led a quite distinct, and at the same time intense, life of their own.”  (54 or 59)






2) “They obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because Ralph blew it, and he was big enough to be link with adult world of authority; and partly because they enjoyed the entertainment of the assemblies.”  (54 or 59)






3) “ He became absorbed beyond mere happiness as he felt himself exercising control over living things.”  (56 or 61)






4) “Yet there was a space around Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw.  Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life.”  (56 or 62)







5) “He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.”  (58 or 64)







6) “Jack was powerless and raged without knowing why.  By the time the pile was built, they were on different sides of a high barrier.”  (66or 73)




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Chapter Five- “Beast from Water”


1) “Things are breaking up.  I don’t understand why.  We began well; we were happy.  And then—“  (74 or 82)







2) “What I mean is…maybe it’s only us.”  (80 or 89)







3) “Because the rules are the only thing we’ve got.”  (83 or 91)








4) “If I blow the conch and they don’t come back; then we’ve had it.”  (83 or 92)







5) “Cos things wouldn’t make sense.  Houses an’ streets, an’ –TV—They wouldn’t work.”  (83 or 92)








6) “He can’t hurt you: but if you stand out of the way he’d hurt the next thing.  And that’s me.”  (84 or 93)



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Chapter Six- “Beast from Air”


1) “But a sign came down from the world of grown-ups.”  (86 or 95)








2) “Soon the darkness was full of claws, full of the awful unknown and menace.”  (89 or 99)









3) “We don’t need the conch any more.  We know who ought to say things.”  (92 or 101-102)









4) “However Simon thought of the beast, there rose in his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick.”  (93 or 103)









5) “’What a place for a fort!’…’This is a rotten place.’”  (96 or 106)





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Chapter Seven- “Shadows and Tall Trees”


1) “He pulled distastefully at his grey shirt and wondered whether he might undertake the adventure of washing it…He would like to have a pair of scissors and cut his hair…He would like to have a bath…a toothbrush would come in handy too.”  (99 or 109)






2) “On the other side of the island, swathed at midday with mirage, defended by the shield of the quiet lagoon, on might dream of rescue; but here, faced by the brute obtuseness of the ocean, the miles of division, one was clamped down, one was helpless, one was condemned, one was—“  (100 or 111)






3) “The circle moved in and round.  Robert squealed in mock terror, then in real pain.”  (104 or 114)






4) “’Use a littlun,’ said Jack, and everybody laughed.”  (104 or 115)





5) “Why do you hate me?”  (107 or 118)




6) “At that word the other boys forgot their urge to be gone and turned back to sample this fresh rub of two spirits in the dark.”  (108 or 119)





7) “Now that his physical voice was silent the inner voice of reason, and other voices too, made themselves heard.  Piggy was calling him a kid.  Another voice told him not to be a fool; and the darkness and desperate enterprise gave the night a kind of dentist’s chair unreality.”  (111 or 122)

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Chapter Eight- “Gift for the Darkness”


1) “I’ve got the conch.  Ralph thinks your cowards, running away from the boar and the beast.”  (115 or 126)





2) “I’m not going to play any longer.  Not with you.”  (116 or 127)





3) “I think we ought to climb the mountain…What else is there to do?”  (117 or 128)






4) “The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life.”  (125 or 137)





5) “…the Lord of the Flies hung on his stick and grinned.  At last Simon gave up and looked back; saw the white teeth and dim eyes, the blood—and his gaze was held by that ancient, inescapable recognition.”  (125 or 138)







6) “He was safe from shame and self-consciousness behind the mask of his paint and could look at each of them in turn.”  (128 or 140)







7) “’When I saw Jack I was sure he’d go for the conch.  Can’t think why.’  The group of boys looked at the white shell with affectionate respect.  Piggy placed it in Ralph’s hand and the littluns, seeing a familiar symbol, started to come back.”  (128 or 141)


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Chapter Nine- “A View to a Death”


1) “Over the island the build-up of clouds continued…revolving masses of gas piled up the static until the air was ready to explode.”  (132 or 145)




2) “The beast was harmless and horrible; and the news must reach the others as soon as possible.”  (134 or 147)




3) “Jack, painted and garlanded, sat there like an idol.”  (135 or 149)




4) “’And the conch doesn’t count at this end of the island—‘ All at once the thunder struck.  Instead of the dull boom there was a pint of impact in the explosion.”  (137 or 150)





5) “The dark sky was shattered by a blue-white scar…Again the blue-white scar jagged above them…The blue-white scar was constant.”  (138 or 152)





6) “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore.  There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws.”  (139 or 153)





7) “The parachute took the figure forward, furrowing the lagoon, and bumped it over the reef and out to sea.”  (139 or 153)





8) “The water rose farther and dressed Simon’s coarse hair with brightness.”  (140 or 154)


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Chapter Ten- “The Shell and the Glasses”


1) “He touched Ralph’s bare shoulder and Ralph shuddered at the human contact.”  (143 or 157)









2) “Memory of the dance that none of them had attended shook all four boys convulsively.”  (144 or 158)








3) “In the silence that followed, each savage flinched away from his individual memory.”  (146 or 160)








4) “Sam and Eric, locked in an embrace, were fighting each other.”  (150 or 165)








5) “I thought they wanted the conch.”  (153 or 168)