© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

Rules and Order Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #13

Piggy was […] so full of pride in his contribution to the good of society […] that he helped to fetch wood. (8.118)

Many of Piggy’s actions are motivated by his desire to be accepted by the rest of the boys.

Quote #14

[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 #15

"…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.)

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement