While looking for the beast with the boys Ralph begins to notice how dirty he is, and how much he would really like a bath and to get clean. He's longing for the cleanliness of his lost society. He begins to lose hope, and Simon says that he "thinks you'll make it" meaning Ralph. He doesn't say "we" or refer to the group. He only seems to think that Ralph will make it home. This could be foreshadowing. The boys are then surprised by a boar. Jack is wounded in the forearm by the boar's tusk and Ralph manages to wound the animal in the snout with his spear. Ralph is very proud of himself and continues to tell everyone that he wounded it. Jack is angry that the boar got away. The boys pretend that Robert is the boar and fake kill him, but then they begin to actually beat Robert. Jack even draws his knife. Eventually they calm down and say it was a game, but Ralph is very unnerved. An interesting development for someone who was just wishing for a bath and to be clean.
Today we read and discussed a poem and tied it into the novel. We discussed what the themes and moods of both texts. Both involve hopes and dreams that slowly fade and crumble as the society falls apart.
We also discussed the progressions of the different characters and how they have changed and we should be aware of these changes and watch out for future changes.
Today was fun! We took a break from reading and discussed the book thus far. We talked about what we liked, what we didn't like, and what we thought was going to happen next. We compared and contrasted it with Things for Apart and had a great discussion. Much like Ralph's assembly the crowd (you guys) went off on some tangents and I had to reign you in like Ralph did with the group. It was very interesting to see that similarity.
Great job today guys!
-Mr. Phillips (GMP)
Ralph has asserted his leadership and has had mixed results. The group keeps getting side tracked and Ralph is forced to reign them in multiple times. They talk about the beast, and Simon says that maybe the beast is them. They are the ones that are causing all the chaos. They are the ones that are feeding into the fear.
What do you think so far?
Today we saw a different side of Ralph. He was assertive in his role as leader. He told everyone how upset he was and that they were not doing what they said they would. They all love meetings and deciding things, but no one likes to follow through. Ralph tells them that he and Simon were the only ones that made all the shelters. Jack and Piggy try to interrupt Ralph but Ralph does not allow them to have the conch, again asserting his control. Ralph is acting like the leader he was voted to be, and he is doing it in front of all the kids, not just Jack, Simon, and Piggy.
You guys are doing great! Keep it up!
We learned more about Roger and his evil tendencies. We concluded that he is an allegory for the inherent evil in all of us; the part of every person that is capable of evil. As a counter to Roger we have Simon; who is the allegory of all that is good in people. He represents the inherent goodness in man. Piggy, it was decided, represents intelligence/wisdom/and rational thought.
While swimming Ralph, Piggy, Simon, and Maurice see a ship. Unfortunately, Jack has taken all the hunters/fire tenders and gone off into the jungle. Ralph and the others run up the hill to try and restart the fire, but are too late. The hunters return shortly thereafter chanting, and waving their spears in the air because they have killed pig. Jack has finally succeeded. Ralph berates him, and tells him that they could have been saved. Piggy joins in, and Jack, trying to salvage some of his power/influence over the group, hits Piggy, breaking one of his lenses. Jack then apologizes, but only for allowing the fire to go out; not for hitting Piggy.
The tension mounts and Ralph and Jack's relationship has taken a huge blow.
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Today we introduced the literary term allegory. In your groups you guys came up with terms and ideas for potential allegories for Ralph and Jack. We came up with a lot of great ideas, and for the most part agreed on them. Ralph is an allegory for leadership/order/civilization, and Jack is an allegory for the desire for power and the animalistic side of mankind. Great job today guys!
Today we discussed the dual nature of the island and the fire. The signal fire was a good idea, and represented home, comfort, and civilization, but without order and structure the fire grows out of control and becomes a symbol of savagery and destruction.
After Jack and Ralph argued, we talked about Simon walking off on his own. He helps the little kids and finds a clearing. This clearing is peaceful, quiet, and full of flowers, butterflies, and other insects. For Simon the island is good. The nature of the island depends on the kids and their actions. When they let the fire get out of control the island is angry and destructive. When the kids are calm and caring as Simon was then the island is good. The island itself is not good or bad, it depends on
Today we discussed what makes up a civilized society and determined that the boys are on their way to establishing one, but at the same time are still very immature and have a long way to go. Jack has been taking hunting very seriously and when he's on the prowl he tends to be very animalistic (which is important to remember!!!). He gets a mad look in his eyes when he's hunting or even thinking about hunting. Ralph on the other hand is very upset with all the boys. They decided that they needed to build shelters, but after a few minutes all the boys ran off to play, swim, or just lie around. Simon is the only boy that has actually been helping Ralph. Simon, it has been decided, is a caring and empathetic
We have also seen the continuation of the on-again off-again relationship between Ralph and Jack. Jack thinks hunting is the most important thing to be doing, and Ralph thinks that survival and rescue should be the group's main priorities.