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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies


by William Golding

Lord of the Flies Chapter 12 Quotes

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Quote 4

Her bows [were] hauled up and held by two ratings. In the stern-sheets another rating held a sub-machine gun. (12. 211)

With the arrival of the British Navy, the boys begin their return to the civilized world. Ironically, this “civilized” world is no less violent than the one the boys have been living in on the island.

Quote 5

Her bows [were] hauled up and held by two ratings. In the stern sheets another rating held a sub-machine gun. (12.211)

The desire for power and the taking of power by violent means is not limited to the island.

Quote 6

Quote Ralph listened […]. He had even glimpsed one of them, striped brown, black, and red, and had judged that it was Bill. But really, thought Ralph, this was not Bill. This was a savage whose image refused to blend with that ancient picture of a boy in shorts and shirt. (12.2)

Ralph is doing what we aren't allowed to do: he's convinced himself that these little terrors aren't the same boys he knew before. If they were, he'd have to face the fact that they all—including himself—are evil and savage. It's a lot easier for him to say "this [is] not Bill." Is he right? Or are the "savage" and "Bill" one and the same?

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