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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies


by William Golding

Lord of the Flies Chapter 6 Quotes

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Quote 1

Even the sounds of nightmare from the other shelters no longer reached him, for he was back to where came from, feeding the ponies with sugar over the garden wall. (6.42)

When Ralph dreams, he dreams about feeding sugar to ponies. When he wakes up, the twins are babbling about the beast. Yep, sounds like a loss of innocence to us.


Quote 2

[Simon saw] the picture of a human at once heroic and sick. (6.140)

Simon doesn't go out and put a spear up the butt of a dying pig, but he does lose his innocence in another way: he realizes that we're the beasts. Heroic, sure—but sick. You know, fallen.


Quote 3

"I'm chief. We've got to make certain [that there is no beast]. Can't you see the mountain? There's no signal showing. There may be a ship out there. Are you all off your rockers?" (6.238)

Poor Ralph. He's learning that just saying "I'm chief" isn't enough; you have to have people to enforce your system of laws and order—like a police force, or Roger.

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