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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

  

by William Golding

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Lord of the Flies Chapter 12 Quotes

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Quote 10

A little boy who wore the remains of an extraordinary black cap on his red hair and who carried the remains of a pair of spectacles at his waist, started forward, then changed his mind and stood still. (12)

From Ralph's perspective, Jack is a terrifying, painted chief; from the adult's perspective, he's a strangely dressed little boy. But which perspective is true?

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Quote 11

The tears began to flow and sobs shook him. He gave himself up to them now for the first time on the island; great, shuddering spasms of grief that seemed to wrench his whole body. His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too. (12)

At the end, Ralph weeps. Does this make him more of a kid? You might think so, since the naval officer looks away to give him time to collect himself. But maybe it actually shows his maturity: he understands just how hopeless the whole situation is.

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