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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies


by William Golding

Lord of the Flies Quotes

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Primitivity Quotes

…The ground was hardened by an accustomed tread and as Jack rose to his full height he heard something moving on it. He swung back his right arm and hurled the spear with all his strength. (3.5)

Civilization Quotes

Ralph and Jack looked at each other while society paused about them. The shameful knowledge grew in them and they did not know how to begin confession.Ralph spoke first, crimson in the face."Will y...

Innocence 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)

Rules and Order Quotes

“Where’s the man with the megaphone?” The fair boy shook his head. “This is an island. At least I think it’s an island. That’s a reef out in the sea. Perhaps the...

Fear Quotes

The ground beneath them was a bank covered with sparse grass, torn everywhere by the upheavals of fallen trees, scattered with decaying coconuts and palm saplings. Behind this was the darkness of t...

Power Quotes

"Shut up," said Ralph absently. He lifted the conch. "Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things.""A chief! A chief!""I ought to be chief," said Jack with simple arrogance, "because I'm...

Identity Quotes

"I don't care what they call me," he said confidentially, "so long as they don't call me what they used to call me in school." Ralph was faintly interested. "What was that?" The fat boy glanced ove...

Religion Quotes

He [Jack] began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling. (4.33)

Wisdom and Knowledge Quotes

[Ralph] […] looked at the water with bright, excited eyes. (1.54)

Youth Quotes

"Where's the man with the megaphone?"The fair boy shook his head."This is an island. At least I think it's an island. That's a reef out in the sea. Perhaps there aren't any grownups anywhere." (1.9...

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