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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

Lord of the Flies Ralph Quotes Page 3

Quote #7

[Ralph] was vexed to find how little he thought like a grownup and sighed again. The island was getting worse and worse. (8.243)

When Ralph notes order breaking down, he is quick to blame the island as getting worse and worse, not the boys.

Quote #8

"…I mean…what makes things break up like they do?

Piggy rubbed his glasses slowly and thought […].

"I dunno, Ralph. I expect it's him."

"Jack?"

"Jack." A taboo was evolving round that word too.

Ralph nodded solemnly.

"Yes," he said, "I suppose it must be." (8.259-2.65)

Ralph and Piggy see Jack as the reason that all their rules and order collapse. In other words, it's the dark, bestial side of us that just can't resist trying to rebel. (They don't seem to realize that there's a teeny bit of Jack in them, too.)

Quote #9

“You're a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!” (11.187)

Interesting! Ralph calls Jack both “a beast” and “a swine.” Lord of the Flies seems to argue that the boys are indeed both.

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