Lord of the Flies

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Study Questions for Lord of the Flies-Assignment #4, Ch. 10-12

Chapter Ten
1.What is the significance of the title “The Shell and the Glasses”? The shell symbolizes Ralph’s authority. As Ralph loses his authority, the shell becomes unwanted and “still glimmered by the chief’s seat” (Golding 168). Instead, the glasses, formerly worn by Piggy and symbolizing reason, were taken by Jack to light a fire. At the end, all reason are gone from the island as Piggy’s “broken glasses” dangled in “[Jack’s] left hand” (Golding 168).

2.Why do Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric lie about their part in Simon’s death, or use the darkness as an excuse? Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric lie about their part in Simon’s death because they didn’t want to admit that “[it] was murder” (Golding 156).

3.How is Wilfred punished?
Jack is “going to beat Wilfred” after “[tying him] for hours” (Golding 159).

4.How does Jack account for the death of Simon?
Jack refuses to believe that Simon was murdered. Instead, he convinces the boys that it was a “beast [that had] disguised itself” (Golding 161).

Chapter Eleven
1.Why do Ralph and Piggy decide to visit Jack’s camp?
Ralph and Piggy decide to visit Jack’s camp to tell Jack to “give [Piggy his] glasses” (Golding 171). 2.What is the reaction of Jack’s tribe to Ralph’s talk of rescue? There was a “shivering, silvery, unreal laughter of the savages” (Golding 178).

3.What happens when Piggy holds up the conch and tries to talk? Surprisingly, the tribe quieted down because they “were curious to hear what amusing thing [Piggy] might have to say” (Golding 180).

4.Why does Roger shove his way past Jack, only just managing not to edge him aside? Roger “egded past [Jack], only just avoiding pushing him with his shoulder” (Golding 182). He was eager to inflict pain on Samneric as “Samneric lay looking up in quiet terror” (Golding 182). However, he avoided brushing against Jack because he is still the chief.

Chapter Twelve
1.How does...
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