Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Lord of the Flies Chapter 2 Quotes
How we cite the quotes:
"You got your small fire all right." […] the boys were falling still and silent, feeling the beginnings of awe at the power set free below them. (2.210)
Piggy points out that the boys have set half the island on fire, and, like little arsonists, everyone goes nuts until they realize that this is Not Good. Oops. But it seems like they also realize that they have power for the first time in their lives. No one's going to take away their TV privileges for burning up the firewood. Is this a loss of innocence? Acting without fear of punishment sounds like it to us.
Ralph sat on a fallen trunk, his left side to the sun. On his right were most of the choir; on his left the larger boys who had not known each other before the evacuation; before him small children squatted in the grass. (2.2)
Even after a plane crash, the kids sort themselves out in groups. It's just like a high school cafeteria.
"We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything." (2.192)
Weird. On the one hand, Golding does seem to believe that rules and order are necessary. On the other hand, we can't help being a little suspicious of, well, everything Jack says. Is this ironic? (We're pretty sure the "English are the best at everything" bit is, at least.)