Task 12

Throughout this blog work, I have learned the proper way to describe the meaning behind the book. Like the theme of the book. The blog work gave me a chance to express my thoughts and meanings about the book. The blog work made me more interesting and in depth in the book. I needed to think about what the book is about and why the characters are doing what they are doing and it made me observant when I am reading.

The tasks we have been receiving have helped to understand what I am going to write in the book analysis. The comments on the tasks have also helped to know what I am going to write.

I have really enjoyed this project. I think it is a great way to job with a book. It helps the reader to understand what you are reading and putting your thoughts in a blogpost. I have enjoyed this project and the book, and I am happy of the outcome of the blog. I think it looks nice with the all the information and some pictures from the book. 🙂

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Task 12

Task 10

The Lord of the Flies have multiple themes, which can be presented in the text. The main theme I would say is Law vs. Anarchy.

In the story, the boys are stranded alone on an island without any sign of civilization and have to survive by themselves. On the island, there is no grown-ups and therefor they need to manage by their own. Ralph, the main character decides to hold a meeting of who is going to be the chief of the group of boys. They take a voting for the chief, which becomes Ralph. Ralph decides that everyone can have a chance to voice his or her opinion, like a democracy. He later also decides that they would build shelter for everybody. This indicates that Ralph want to have rules, and a system for them to civilize.

While Ralph is building shelters, Jack and the other hunters are out hunting for pigs as food. Jack indicates he wants to be chief too, therefor he speaks up at the meetings and try to bring other boys over to his side. What Jack want the other people to do is hunting and bringing out the most barbaric point of the boys. Jack do not want any rules, he wants to survive by nature. He think that for survival they need to not be civilized by the society, but rather live by nature and live like we used to before. This is an instinct of savagery. After they had stranded on the island Jack knew that they must live by nature. The island is surrounded with wild jungle, and barbaric landscape. He thought it would be impossible to build a society out of laws and rights. The way the novel is written, is so that the instinct of civilization is ranked as the good, while the instinct of savagery is ranked as the evil.

Ralph and Jack has a conflict of which one shall be chief and who got the best leadership for the people. There are always people going back and forth if they want Ralph as their leader or Jack. I think that the book wants to show us how the people feel influence of the instinct of civilization and savagery on to the different situations. Therefore, the thoughts of the people, varies between situations.

Piggy for instance has always been against the instinct of savagery and rather want Ralph as the chief. Piggy wants Ralph as leader also for the reason that Jack wants all the power for himself. Piggy, as the smart-thinking person says that if Jack gets all the power, he would be obsessed with power and abuse it.

Another boy named Roger cannot seem to fit into the habit of following laws and rules. This means that he rather would like to have a chief who wants anarchy. This is what makes the contrast in the book expand. The conflicts are getting bigger and the situation are growing more serious.

Will it be Laws, or will it be anarchy? Will the good win, or will the evil win?

Task 10

Task 8

The narrator in this story flies through the story omnisciently over the thoughts of Ralph, Jack and Simon. This means that the narrator can access feelings and thoughts from multiple characters in the same chapter. The main focus for the narrator is Ralph. However, the narrator can switch to either Jack or Simon. An example for the omnisciently narrating is chapter 8. Where the narrator first focus is Jack’s pig hunt, then the story goes over to Simon at the other side of the island, peacefully in his own world, then moves over to Ralph’s firebuilding with Piggy. This in all one chapter. This connects the three different people from three different locations on the island.

Task 8

Task 7

I have had many thoughts of ether I am going to write a book report or a book analysis of Lord of the flies. The way I am facing now is more for the book report. The reason is that I feel more secure and safe if I am going to write a book report rather than a book analysis. In middle school, many of the tasks in English was to write a book report, and I feel after a lot of experience and feedback from the book report that it is a better choice. The analysis also need to have a description of the theme(s) in the book, which I am not good at describing. However, the reason I have been on and off about the analysis, is one of the points in the analysis. A point that is not on the book report. Where you have to write about the point of view in the novel. I really want to write about it because it is interesting in the story. Because the story is not written in first person. It is an omniscient point of view. Which I would have written about in the analysis.

By the look of it. I am, in the time being considering writing the book report. However, I would not take any decisions until I have read the book until it’s finished. I only have some chapters left then I would make my choice of the task.

Task 7

Task 5

The setting in time of the book Lord of flies is not mention in the story. It is not a very old time setting because of the technology in the book (like the plane that crashed). The other thing that links up the time setting is the mentioning of an atomic war going on. The passengers on the plane that crashed was only boys from a (or more) school(s) in England. Which there were a lot of before our time. Therefore, the story if I would set a date is presumably around 1950’s. If I would take a guess.

The setting in place of the story is on a deserted island filled with thick jungle and with high mountains. The island is described as an act of God. That God made his own choice to put a lagoon with sand around and make it look magnificent and erect a high mountain to make it look more powerful. The island (often the mountain) is being described as pink, which make the island look alive and pretty, almost harmless. Which they want us to believe. Because the island also has some dark places.

Task 5

Task 3A

The first chapter starts with a fair-haired boy walking toward a lagoon on a beach. He encounters another boy when he reaches the lagoon. The fair-haired boy meets the chubby, asthmatic glass-wearing boy. They each introduces themselves, first Piggy as the chubby boy and then the fair-haired boy as Ralph. Through their conversation, we learn that there was an atomic war going on that caused a transport plane to emergency land. The plane that was carrying a group of English boys. It crashed in thick jungle surrounded with sand. Scattered by the wreck, the boys lot each other and cannot find the pilot or any other grown-ups.

Ralph and Piggy decided to go look around the beach trying to find survivors of the plane crash. They later discover a large pink and cream-colored conch shell, which Piggy realized he has seen before been used as a kind of a trumpet. Piggy makes Ralph trying to use the shell to find the other boys by blowing in it. After the success of a blow, boys one by one, starts to wonder onto the beach. The boys comes up to Ralph and Piggy and sits down on a trunk of fallen over palm trees. Piggy trying to remember the names of the boys while Ralph keeps on blowing. Piggy and Ralph decided they were going to have a meeting for what they are going to do in the future of the time being away from civilisation. Out of the jungle, towards the beach marched a group of seven boys’ choir, dressed in black gowns and led by an older boy named Jack. They march to the beach in two parallel lines, and Jack snaps at them to stand at attention. The boys start taunting Piggy and mocking his appearance and nickname.

Ralph starts the meeting a choice of an election of a leader. The choirboys vote for Jack, while all the other boys vote for Ralph. Ralph wins the vote, however Jack became the leader of the hunters. Jack then asks the choir to serve as the hunters. The choir accepts the request.

Ralph then starts to talk about the need to explore the environment to make sure that this was truly an island. Ralph chooses Jack and a choir member named Simon to explore. Piggy makes a request to come join while Ralph ignores it. Ralph later gives Piggy a task to look after the other boys staying on the beach. The three explorers leaves the meeting place and set off across the island.

The boys becomes tired and exhausted by the exploring of the island. After a long time they reach the end of the jungle, up a mountain. The boys climb up the side of the mountain. When they reach the top, they can see that they are on an island with no signs of civilization. They think the view is magical and beautiful. Ralph feels as though they have discovered their own land.

On their way back, the boys remember the feeling of being hungry. They then finds a little pig caught in a curtain of creepers. Jack then draw his knife and was planning to kill the piglet, but hesitated. The piglet then got away. Jack made a promise to himself that next time he will not hesitate to kill.

Then the boys made their way home their new home, with a new family.

I can say that I really like the start of this book, and I am looking forward to reading it more and more.

The Island

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Task 3A

Task 1

Why I chose “Lord of the flies”

I had a hard time finding a fitting book for this assignment. I asked alot of my friends for an advice for a good book to read and write about. That was when I got an advice from Charlotte who is also reading this book. She told me the summary of the book and it seemed interesting.

The book was published in 1954, therefore I was a little worried that it would be hard to read.That’s why I did some research of the book and found a lot of information of it. After the research, I was looking forward to read it and it made me exited.

I have to thank Charlotte for giving me such a good advice for a book. I’m really looking forward to reading it.

Task 1