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Knowledge in Lord of the Flies

Knowledge in Lord of the Flies is not true to the saying �knowledge is power�. Those who possess knowledge meet untimely ends like Simon and Piggy. Even Ralph, who follows Piggy�s logic and rationality is hunted.

Lord of the Flies Quotes about Knowledge


�'I've been thinking,' he said, 'about a clock. We could make a sundial. We could put a stick in the sand, and then -' The effort to express the mathematical processes involved was too great.� (page 67).

�His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowl�edge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink. � (page 74).

�There was the brilliant world of hunting, tactics, fierce exhilaration, skill; and there was the world of longing and baffled common-sense.� (page 75).

�Ralph moved impatiently. The trouble was, if you were a chief you had to think, you had to be wise. And then the occasion slipped by so that you had to grab at a decision. This made you think; because thought was a valuable thing, that got results .... � (page 84).

�Piggy could think. He could go step by step inside that fat head of his, only Piggy was no chief. But Piggy, for all his ludicrous body, had brains. Ralph was a specialist in thought now, and could recognize thought in another. � (page 84).

�'Grown-ups know things,' said Piggy. 'They ain't afraid of the dark. They'd meet and have tea and discuss.� (page 101).

�Only Piggy could have the intellectual daring to suggest moving the fire from the mountain.� (page 142).

�Ralph considered this and understood. He was vexed to find how little he thought like a grown-up� (page 153).

�Ralph dredged in his fading knowledge of the world.� (page 179).

War in Lord of the Flies

The backdrop of Lord of the Flies is war, a theme echoed throughout the book. Firstly, the plane the boys are flying on is shot down, presumably by an enemy plane. Later on, the parachuted man clearly came from the sky, or more specifically, a plane. Also, at least two ships pass by the island in the book, one of them definitely military. William Golding also wrote Lord of the Flies in 1954, or shortly after World War II. Jack constantly tries to wage some sort of war. He begins by hunting for pigs, but develops a thirst for blood of any kind when he urges the boys to kill the �beast�, which was actually Simon. Golding�s message on war is not made explicit in Lord of the Flies, but he clearly believes that war is in human nature. Given that even civilization (adults not on the island) and the rules of society are incapable of preventing war, the raw human nature espousing destruction through war cannot be held back.

Lord of the Flies Quotes about War


�Ralph danced out into the hot air of the beach and then returned as a fighter-plane, with wings swept back, and machine-gunned Piggy.


He dived in the sand at Piggy's feet and lay there laughing. 'Piggy!'

Piggy grinned reluctantly, pleased despite himself at even this much recognition. � (page 6).

Ralph says 'I could swim when 1 was five. Daddy taught me. He's a commander in the Navy. When he gets leave he'll come and rescue us. What's your father?' (page 8).

'Not them. Didn't you hear what the pilot said? About the atom bomb? They're all dead.'

�The creature was a party of boys, marching approximately in step in two parallel lines and dressed in strangely eccentric clothing. Shorts, shirts, and different garments they carried in their hands: but each boy wore a square black cap with a silver badge in it. Their bodies, from throat to ankle, were hidden by black cloaks which bore a long silver cross on the left breast� (page 15).


Just like in war, Jack tries to go by his last name: �'Kids' names,' said Merridew. 'Why should I be Jack? I'm Merridew.'� (page 17).

�'For hunting. Like in the war. You know-dazzle paint. Like things trying to look like something else-'� (page 66).

�He sunned himself in their new respect and felt that hunting was good after all. � (page 124).

'Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!' Ralph too was fighting to get near, to get a handful of that brown, vulnerable flesh. The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering. � (page 125).

�What have you been doing? Having a war or something?'� (page 223).

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