Far Far Away

1. How does this story relate to middle school behavior? In other words, what parallels do you see between the behavior and characters on the island and the behavior and “characters” in school? How does each group and/or character relate to middle school?

2. Early in the unit, we discussed human nature. Most people agreed that our ”savage” self is more powerful than our “civilized” self. What must we do to make sure our civilized nature stays in control? What should the boys have done?    

Lord of the Flies relates to middle school behavior; I think the story is very much like the way kids behave in middle school, even though it is an exaggeration. There are separate groups in middle school and on the island. For example, Jack and the hunters represent the “cool” group that everyone wants to be around. Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric represent the smaller group that no one likes even though they may be the only ones that see reason and might help everyone. Sometimes, the leader of the “cool” group will have so much control over the other kids that they will do anything the leader wants. Jack had so much control over the other kids that they would follow him without knowing what Jack was doing. This quote from the book explains Ralph’s thoughts on the situation, “Lying there in the darkness, he knew he was an outcast. ‘Cos I had some sense.’(page 186)”

I think that our savage self is more powerful than our civilized self. Today, it seems that we are not savage at all, but there is some savage inside every person. We do a pretty good job of not letting the savage take over. We must make sure everyone is happy, if there is a big argument, there is a chance that we will become our savage selves. However, on the island, most of the boys let the savage take over. Jack and his tribe were not themselves anymore. “But really, thought Ralph, this was not Bill. This was a savage whose image refused to blend with that ancient picture of a boy in shorts and shirt (page 183).” The boys needed to listen to Ralph and Piggy, who actually knew what needed to be done, but instead, they revolted against them. “There was no Piggy to talk sense. There was no solemn assembly to debate nor dignity of the conch (page 196).”

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