Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mob Mentality in Lord of the Flies

Mob mentality is the behavioral difference between people when they are by themselves versus when they are in a group. In Chapter 9 of Lord of the Flies, mob mentality is used in negative ways. For example, when everyone beat up Roger, they were under the influence of mob mentality. Mob mentality can get the best of anyone, even Ralph who is the so called "leader" of the group. He is supposed to keep the peace and be a good influence on everyone, but even he took part in the action. That is how powerful it is. Normally, when something doesn't go a 12-year-old boy's way, their first thought isn't to beat up the other kid. All it took was the power of one voice in one group to sway the actions and decisions of everyone else. Scary, isn't it?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Lord of the Flies Chapter 6 Figurative Language

"Soon the darkness was full of claws, full of the awful unknown and menace" (99).

A) The darkness is being personified as having claws. It is making the darkness seem as though it was a monster or possibly the beast. 

B) Golding uses figurative language at this moment because it's dark out and the boys are all scared. Ralph was woken up to hear that the boys think they heard the beast. In this moment, Golding wanted to emphasize how scary the darkness had just become. He wanted to show us the boys' perspective of the darkness. It was now an open void of trees portraying scary shadows and now supposedly holds the one thing they all fear the most, the beast.

C)  In this part of the book, Golding uses figurative language obviously to show how the boys are feeling. He wanted readers to feel how the boys depicted the jungle now that they think they heard the beast. I chose these images because putting myself in the shoes of a 12 year old hearing noises in the woods, I think of a foggy place with arched, tangled, and twisted branches filled with whatever your imagination is capable of creating. I think of a dark place filled with the fear of the unknown; the fact that you can't see in, but anything can see out.