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LotF Quotes

Significant quotes and their meanings from Lord of the Flies.
"Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law."
This quote is from Chapter four and demonstrates Rogers cruelty towards the littluns. Rogers hostility towards the litlluns shows the decline on society into savagery.
"His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink."
This quotation from Chapter 4, explores Jack's mental state in the aftermath of killing his first pig, another milestone in the boys' decline into savage behavior. Jack exults in the kill and is unable to think about anything else because his mind is "crowded with memories" of the hunt
"[Jack] began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling."
This quote is from Chapter four and displays how Jack's violent tendencies seem to be tied to some sort of primitive hunting instinct. The desire to kill reduces him to this basest form of being.
"What I mean is . . . maybe it's only us"
This quote is from chapter 5 during the meeting where the beastie is discussed.Simon is the first character in the novel to see the beast not as an external force but as a component of human nature.
"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy."
These lines from the end of Chapter 12 occur near the close of the novel, after the boys encounter the naval officer, who appears as if out of nowhere to save them. When Ralph sees the officer, his sudden realization that he is safe and will be returned to civilization plunges him into a reflective despair.
"There isn't anyone to help you. Only me. And I'm the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are the way they are?"
The "lord of the flies" speaks this to Simon in chapter 8 when Simon is visting the glade. These words confirm Simon's speculation in Chapter 5 that perhaps the beast is only the boys themselves. This idea of the evil on the island being within the boys is central to the novel's exploration of innate human savagery
"Ralph launched himself like a cat; stabbed, snarling, with the spear, and the savage doubled up."
This quote is from chapter 12. It displays how Ralph, in fighting for his own life, takes on the same vicious appearance and actions as those that are hunting him.
"This is an island. At least I think it's an island. That's a reef out in the sea. Perhaps there aren't any grownups anywhere."
The boys understand that the ruling order of society that they are used to has disappeared.
"Ralph sat on a fallen trunk, his left side to the sun. On his right were most of the choir; on his left the larger boys who had not known each other before the evacuation; before him small children squatted in the grass."
This quote is from Chapter 2 displays how the young boys organize themselves into certain groups; existing affiliations and age govern their ties to one another.
"We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything."
While Ralph desires rules for their intrinsic value, Jack's view on the matter is governed by his feelings of superiority.