History Literature / LordOfTheFlies

14th Jul '16 6:31:09 PM MEWtiful
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14th Jul '16 11:33:24 AM lady_peaseblossom
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: In the book, TheHero Ralph is described as fair-haired, athletic, charismatic and handsome; RivalTurnedEvil Jack is red-haired, with freckles and ugly. The movie averts this. Jack is a perfectly pleasant-looking boy.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: In the book, TheHero Ralph is described as fair-haired, athletic, charismatic and handsome; RivalTurnedEvil Jack is red-haired, a redhead with freckles and ugly.is "ugly without silliness". The movie averts this. Jack is a perfectly pleasant-looking boy.
9th Jul '16 11:18:28 PM fortz64
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**Piggy, also, with "I've got the conch!"
2nd Jun '16 12:46:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondeGuysAreEvil: {{Averted}} in the book where Ralph is described as fair-haired. {{Played straight}} in both movies where Ralph has dark hair while Jack is the one who is fair-haired.
2nd May '16 3:23:01 AM Fireblood
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* FriendToAllLivingThings: Simon is the only boy who enjoys the island as a natural paradise and adopts a lizard as pet. Even, he makes a little "HappyPlace" to himself in the more nature-beautiful side of the woods that represents his innate good nature and innocence. [[spoiler:The sow's head placed later represents how evil has started to contaminate.]]

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* FriendToAllLivingThings: Simon is the only boy who enjoys the island as a natural paradise and adopts a lizard as pet. Even, he He even makes a little "HappyPlace" to for himself in the more nature-beautiful side of the woods that represents his innate good nature and innocence. [[spoiler:The sow's head placed later represents how evil has started to contaminate.]]



** Ralph and Piggy can't get the boys to work together for their own good when faced against the savage impulses that Jack champions, Simon, TheHeart, spends all his time alone until he has an epiphany about "the monster" and is unable to tell the others about it, and in subtle but telling passage, when the twins, the last boys who support Ralph and Piggy, are bound by Jack and the others, the text describes their meager protests as "protested out of the heart of civilization" with lines like "Oh, I say!" and the like. This is contrasted with the brutal directnesss and action of Jack and his followers, and how easily it overwhelms the good.

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** Ralph and Piggy can't get the boys to work together for their own good when faced against the savage impulses that Jack champions, Simon, TheHeart, spends all his time alone until he has an epiphany about "the monster" and is unable to tell the others about it, and in a subtle but telling passage, when the twins, the last boys who support Ralph and Piggy, are bound by Jack and the others, the text describes their meager protests as "protested out of the heart of civilization" with lines like "Oh, I say!" and the like. This is contrasted with the brutal directnesss directness and action of Jack and his followers, and how easily it overwhelms the good.



* HalfHeartedHenchman: Some of those who join Jack's side only do so out of fear of being killed by him. Piggy even suggests to Ralph (when they're the only ones left of their team) that they might as well join him too or else they'll get killed [[spoiler: like Simon was.]] Later on in the book, when [[spoiler: Jack's group murdered Piggy and is searching for Ralph to kill him too, the twins who were formerly on Ralph's team, find him, but they don't blow his cover since they don't want to kill him, and never wanted to in the first place.]]

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* HalfHeartedHenchman: Some of those who join Jack's side only do so out of fear of being killed by him. Piggy even suggests to Ralph (when they're the only ones left of their team) that they might as well join him too or else they'll get killed [[spoiler: like Simon was.]] Later on in the book, when [[spoiler: Jack's group murdered Piggy and is searching for Ralph to kill him too, the twins who were formerly on Ralph's team, team find him, but they don't blow his cover since they don't want to kill him, and never wanted to in the first place.]]



* HobbesWasRight: Could be considered to be an example of this trope, but it could also be considered to simply be an example of a CrapsackWorld setting implying that government and anarchy are both bound to fail given that it starts with a wartime evacuation and ends with the boys being rescued by a naval warship, thereby subtly implying that even "civilised" society is not actually any better. The book is accessible to several critical interpretations.

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* HobbesWasRight: Could be considered to be an example of this trope, but it could also be considered to simply be an example of a CrapsackWorld setting implying that government and anarchy are both bound to fail given that it starts with a wartime evacuation and ends with the boys being rescued by a naval warship, thereby subtly implying that even "civilised" "civilized" society is not actually any better. The book is accessible to several critical interpretations.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Jack has the entire island on fire to kill Ralph, but the massive amount of smoke [[spoiler: attracts a Naval ship, which Ralph and Piggy have been awaiting the whole book long.]]

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Jack has sets the entire island on fire to kill Ralph, but the massive amount of smoke [[spoiler: attracts a Naval ship, which Ralph and Piggy have been awaiting the whole book long.]]



* PsychoSupporter: Roger

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* PsychoSupporter: RogerRoger.
2nd May '16 3:12:51 AM Fireblood
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* AnyoneCanDie: It's far from pretty. From within the adventure on the island several characters do not survive regardless how much focus they get in the narrative.

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* AnyoneCanDie: It's far from pretty. From within the adventure on the island several characters do not survive regardless of how much focus they get in the narrative.



* BeautyEqualsGoodness: In the book, TheHero Ralph is described as fair-haired, athletic, charismatic and handsome; RivalTurnedEvil Jack is redhaired, with freckles and ugly. The movie averts this. Jack is a perfectly pleasant looking boy.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: In the book, TheHero Ralph is described as fair-haired, athletic, charismatic and handsome; RivalTurnedEvil Jack is redhaired, red-haired, with freckles and ugly. The movie averts this. Jack is a perfectly pleasant looking pleasant-looking boy.



* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Averted in the book where Ralph is described as fair haired. Played straight in both movies where Ralph has dark hair while Jack is the one who is fair haired.

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* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Averted {{Averted}} in the book where Ralph is described as fair haired. Played straight fair-haired. {{Played straight}} in both movies where Ralph has dark hair while Jack is the one who is fair haired.fair-haired.
1st May '16 5:09:16 AM Homemaderat
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%%* AnyoneCanDie: And it's far from pretty.

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%%* * AnyoneCanDie: And it's It's far from pretty.pretty. From within the adventure on the island several characters do not survive regardless how much focus they get in the narrative.



%%* BreakTheCutie: All the kids to some extent. [[spoiler:In the case of Piggy and Simon, KillTheCutie.]]

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%%* * BreakTheCutie: All the kids to some extent.extent given what they go through on the island. [[spoiler:In the case of Piggy and Simon, KillTheCutie.]]
24th Nov '15 7:48:41 AM ange1eye5
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Way, ''way'' down on the cynical end of the scale. It's big on the KidsAreCruel[=/=]TeensAreMonsters and nothing the "good" characters do yields good results. Just ask Simon and Piggy... oh wait.
25th Oct '15 3:37:55 PM Gideoncrawle
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* ActingYourIntellectualAge: Piggy all the way.

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* %%* ActingYourIntellectualAge: Piggy all the way.Piggy.



* AnimalMotifs: A sow's head [[XOnAStick on a pike]], slowly decaying, serves as the metaphor for the decay of children's morals, thus making them closer to hoglike greed.

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* AnimalMotifs: AnimalMotifs:
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A sow's head [[XOnAStick on a pike]], slowly decaying, serves as the metaphor for the decay of children's morals, thus making them closer to hoglike greed.



* AnyoneCanDie: And it's far from pretty.

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* %%* AnyoneCanDie: And it's far from pretty.



** It's easy to assume Piggy is farsighted until, at the beginning of chapter eleven, it says: "Piggy sat expressionless behind the luminous wall of his myopia." The concave lenses needed to fix myopia are incapable of focusing light to a point, thus incapable of starting a fire. Whether Golding was unaware of that distinction or had myopia and hyperopia confused, the net result is a clear-cut case of poor research.



* BittersweetEnding: The [[spoiler:[[DeusExMachina timely arrival of the British Navy]]]] is considered the only thing standing in between this ending and a DownerEnding. The ending is still far too dark when [[spoiler:Ralph]] realized the evil inside him and he wept.
-->[[spoiler:"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."]]
** Given that [[spoiler:they're rescued by a warship and the book alludes to a recent nuclear war, it's arguable how much of a rescue they've even been given]].
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Essentially. A number of those who side with Ralph are closer to the white side, but they're certainly not saints.
** The only character who is really above this is [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Simon]]. His foil, Roger, is established as someone who's pretty far on the black side.
* BlindWithoutEm: Piggy.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Ralph is described as being 'fair-haired', Piggy and Simon are dark-haired, and Jack is a redhead.

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* BittersweetEnding: The [[spoiler:[[DeusExMachina timely arrival of A DeusExMachina prevents a DownerEnding, but the British Navy]]]] is considered the only thing standing in between this ending and a DownerEnding. The ending is still far too dark when [[spoiler:Ralph]] realized the evil inside him and he wept.
-->[[spoiler:"Ralph
psychological scars remain.
-->Ralph
wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."]]
** Given that [[spoiler:they're rescued by a warship and the book alludes to a recent nuclear war, it's arguable how much of a rescue they've even been given]].
Piggy.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Essentially. A number of those who side with Ralph are closer to the white side, but they're certainly not saints.
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saints. The only character who is really above this is [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Simon]]. His foil, Roger, is established as someone who's pretty far on the black side.
* BlindWithoutEm: Piggy.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Ralph is described as being 'fair-haired', Piggy and Simon are dark-haired, and Jack is a redhead.
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* BreakTheCutie: All the kids to some extent. [[spoiler:In the case of Piggy and Simon, KillTheCutie.]]

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* %%* BreakTheCutie: All the kids to some extent. [[spoiler:In the case of Piggy and Simon, KillTheCutie.]]



* ButtMonkey: Piggy, oh so much. He is the one person who can unite everyone else...because they all enjoy laughing at him and feel connected by excluding Piggy. Even Ralph.



** Jack with 'kill the pig! cut her throat! spill her blood!' and he passes it to the other boys too.
** Jack again with 'we need meat' and 'I'm a hunter'.
** Ralph always talking about the fire as for example 'we need to keep the fire going', 'alright, as long as you won't forget about the fire', 'they let the fire out'.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: ''So'' freaking averted.



* CrapsackWorld: ''Very'' much so.

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* CrapsackWorld: ''Very'' ComingOfAgeStory: Ralph is very happy about the absence of adults on the island, but quickly realizes how much so.responsibility he must take as the chief.



* DesertedIsland
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Ralph is rescued by the Royal Navy at the last minute, effectively out of the blue. This was intentional, as the Naval Officer is important in rounding off the themes of the story, and the sudden abruptness with which he appears (with absolutely no foreshadowing) is crucial to highlighting the rapidity with which the appearance of an authority can change everything.]]
** Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' WholePlotReference "Das Bus";
--->''[[spoiler:Eventually, the kids were rescued, by... [[AssPull oh, let's say... Moe]].]]''
** See also the WordOfGod in InferredHolocaust

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* DesertedIsland
DesertedIsland: The stranded boys are the only humans on the island where the story is set.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler: Ralph is rescued by the Royal Navy at the last minute, minute]], effectively out of the blue. This was intentional, as the Naval Officer is important in rounding off the themes of the story, story; and the sudden abruptness with which he appears (with appears, with absolutely no foreshadowing) foreshadowing, is crucial to highlighting the rapidity with which the appearance of an authority can change everything.]]
** Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' WholePlotReference "Das Bus";
--->''[[spoiler:Eventually, the kids were rescued, by... [[AssPull oh, let's say... Moe]].]]''
** See also the WordOfGod in InferredHolocaust



* DoubleEntendre: The scene where the screaming sow is killed with sharpened sticks is written as a gang-rape...

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* DoubleEntendre: DoubleEntendre:
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The scene where the screaming sow is killed with sharpened sticks is written as a gang-rape...gang-rape.



* DyingForSymbolism: The makeshift society gradually goes into chaos, and when [[spoiler:Simon dies, it represents the death of the innocence of the kids on the island]].
** [[spoiler: Piggy's death, after making a moral stand for order and unity, marks the complete collapse of civilization. Sam and Eric are captured, and Ralph is left helpless and alone.]]

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* DyingForSymbolism: The Two incidents mark milestones in the makeshift society gradually goes society's descent into chaos, and when [[spoiler:Simon dies, it barbarism
** [[spoiler:Simon]]'s death
represents the death end of the innocence of the kids on the island]].
island.
** [[spoiler: Piggy's Piggy]]'s death, after making he makes a moral stand for order and unity, marks the complete collapse of civilization. Sam and Eric are captured, and Ralph is left helpless and alone.]]



* EnemyWithin: "Maybe there is no monster on the island. Maybe... it's just us..." [[spoiler: The Lord of the Flies outright states this to Simon in a vision.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Lord of the Flies''': ''You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why itís no go? Why things are what they are?'']]
* EnfantTerrible: Jack and Roger.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even though he hated [[spoiler:Piggy, even Jack is terrified when Roger murders him]].
** Although he recovers quickly and threatens Ralph with the same fate, cementing his status as the main antagonist.
* EvilRedhead: Jack.

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* EnemyWithin: "Maybe there is no monster on the island. Maybe... it's just us..." [[spoiler: The Lord of the Flies outright states this to Simon in a vision.]]
vision.
--> [[spoiler: '''Lord of the Flies''': ''You You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why itís no go? Why things are what they are?'']]
* EnfantTerrible: Jack and Roger.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even though he hated [[spoiler:Piggy, even Jack is terrified when Roger murders him]].
** Although he recovers quickly and threatens Ralph with the same fate, cementing his status as the main antagonist.
* EvilRedhead: Jack.
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* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Jack, in the two films, is this.



* FieryRedhead: Jack.

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* FieryRedhead: Jack.






* GenreDeconstruction: Takes a sledgehammer to the KidsWildernessEpic.



** GenreBlindness: Too bad this book is ''[[DarkerAndEdgier not,]]'' [[DarkerAndEdgier in fact, "like The Coral Island."]]
* GenreDeconstruction: Takes a sledgehammer to the KidsWildernessEpic.
* GoodIsImpotent: A major theme of the book. Ralph and Piggy can't get the boys to work together for their own good when faced against the savage impulses that Jack champions, Simon, TheHeart, spends all his time alone until he has an epiphany about "the monster" and is unable to tell the others about it, and in subtle but telling passage, when the twins, the last boys who support Ralph and Piggy, are bound by Jack and the others, the text describes their meager protests as "protested out of the heart of civilization" with lines like "Oh, I say!" and the like. This is contrasted with the brutal directnesss and action of Jack and his followers, and how easily it overwhelms the good.

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** GenreBlindness: Too bad this book is ''[[DarkerAndEdgier not,]]'' [[DarkerAndEdgier in fact, "like The Coral Island."]]
* GenreDeconstruction: Takes a sledgehammer to the KidsWildernessEpic.
* GoodIsImpotent: A major theme of the book. book.
**
Ralph and Piggy can't get the boys to work together for their own good when faced against the savage impulses that Jack champions, Simon, TheHeart, spends all his time alone until he has an epiphany about "the monster" and is unable to tell the others about it, and in subtle but telling passage, when the twins, the last boys who support Ralph and Piggy, are bound by Jack and the others, the text describes their meager protests as "protested out of the heart of civilization" with lines like "Oh, I say!" and the like. This is contrasted with the brutal directnesss and action of Jack and his followers, and how easily it overwhelms the good.



* [[HalfHeartedHenchman Half-Hearted Henchmen]]: Some of those who join Jack's side only do so out of fear of being killed by him. Piggy even suggests to Ralph (when they're the only ones left of their team) that they might as well join him too or else they'll get killed [[spoiler: like Simon was.]] Later on in the book, when [[spoiler: Jack's group murdered Piggy and is searching for Ralph to kill him too, the twins who were formerly on Ralph's team, find him, but they don't blow his cover since they don't want to kill him, and never wanted to in the first place.]]

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* [[HalfHeartedHenchman Half-Hearted Henchmen]]: HalfHeartedHenchman: Some of those who join Jack's side only do so out of fear of being killed by him. Piggy even suggests to Ralph (when they're the only ones left of their team) that they might as well join him too or else they'll get killed [[spoiler: like Simon was.]] Later on in the book, when [[spoiler: Jack's group murdered Piggy and is searching for Ralph to kill him too, the twins who were formerly on Ralph's team, find him, but they don't blow his cover since they don't want to kill him, and never wanted to in the first place.]]



* HumansAreBastards / HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The book is the epitome of this trope. Which of these it qualifies for depends on how you read the Beast, although the book strongly implies [[spoiler:it is a product of the boys' own nature]].
** As WordOfGod put it:
---> ''[[spoiler:"The officer, having interrupted a manhunt, prepares to take the children off the island in a cruiser [[HereWeGoAgain which will presently be hunting its enemy in the same implacable way]]. [[DownerEnding And who will save the adult and his cruiser?]]"]]''

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* HumansAreBastards / HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The book Beast is the epitome of this trope. Which of these it qualifies for depends on how you read the Beast, although the book strongly implies [[spoiler:it is implied to be a product of the boys' own nature]].
** As WordOfGod put it:
---> ''[[spoiler:"The officer, having interrupted a manhunt, prepares to take the children off the island in a cruiser [[HereWeGoAgain which will presently be hunting its enemy in the same implacable way]]. [[DownerEnding And who will save the adult and his cruiser?]]"]]''
natures.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Jack has the entire island on fire to kill Ralph - the massive amounts of smoke actually summon a Naval ship, which Ralph and Piggy had been awaiting the whole book long.]]

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Jack has the entire island on fire to kill Ralph - Ralph, but the massive amounts amount of smoke actually summon [[spoiler: attracts a Naval ship, which Ralph and Piggy had have been awaiting the whole book long.]]



* NonActionGuy: Piggy has asthma, and Simon suffers fainting spells, so both qualify.



* OnlySaneMan: Piggy and Simon. Possibly Ralph as well.



* PrimalFear / ParanoiaFuel / YourMindMakesItReal : What gradually leads the boys into becoming superstitious and violent savages.

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* PrimalFear / ParanoiaFuel / YourMindMakesItReal : PrimalFear: What gradually leads the boys into becoming superstitious and violent savages.



* SpellMyNameWithAThe: [[BeamMeUpScotty Averted.]] It's 'Lord of the Flies,' not 'The Lord Of The Flies.'



* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Poor, poor Simon.]]

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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Poor, poor Simon.]]Simon is a Jesus figure, and meets a similar fate.
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* AHouseDivided: The boys quickly devolve into two groups, a small one led by Ralph, and a much bigger one led by Jack.
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