Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Lord of the Flies Chapter 11 Quotes
How we cite the quotes:
Behind them on the grass the headless and paunched body of a sow lay where they had dropped it. (11.129)
At this point, we get the feeling that the boys aren't even bothering to eat the meat they're killing. They're killing for the fun of it—something that Golding unequivocally identifies as "savage."
“I just take the conch to say this. I can’t see no more and I got to get my glasses back. Awful things has been done on this island. I voted for you for chief. He’s the only one who ever got anything done. So now you speak, Ralph, and tell us what. Or else –”
Piggy broke off, sniveling. Ralph took back the conch as he sat down.
“Just an ordinary fire. You’d think we could do that, wouldn’t you? Just a smoke signal so we can be rescued. Are we savages or what?” (11.19-21)
Ralph considers the boys savages for their inabilities – inabilities to keep order, to build a fire, to have meetings. He focuses on what they are not able to do because it is easier than looking at what they have proven themselves capable of.
Samneric protested out of the heart of civilization, “Oh, I say! –honestly!” (11.175)
Sam and Eric remind us of the absurdity of the boys’ situation. It’s possible that they still see the island as a silly game gone a little overboard.