Lord of the Flies: 24 Quotes Using Literary Devices and Significance

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Quote (including p#) Literary techniques & purpose Significance and how it relates to theme.
“He snatched his knife out of the sheath and slammed it into a tree trunk. Next time there would be no mercy.” Pg 31 Characterization: Jack wanted to show his capabilities in the power struggle. This quote shows how the importance of dictatorial power in a “savage” society. Power is the most important thing when there are no boundaries to society.
“They knew very well why he hadn’t; because of the enormity of the knife descending and cutting into living flesh; because of the unbearable blood. (pg 31) Characterization: The others know that Jack couldn’t kill the sow because he has never killed another living creature. This quote shows how the
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“There was no light left save that of the starts” pg 95 Imagery/Symbolism: Their hope- hope for survival was slipping away This quote shows that hope may be slipping away as time passes by, the boys are ultimately changing mentally as they part away from civilization.
"Even the sounds of nightmare from the other shelters no longer reached him, for he was back to where came from, feeding the ponies with sugar over the garden wall." Pg 98 Imagery/Characterization/Symbolism: Ralph missed his home; he missed his old life in Britain. Ralph was feeling homesick, he wanted to be in a civilized society doing things his age- and not needing to fight for survival. This quote shows there was still a part of civilization that the boys were holding on-to.
“The desire to squeeze and hurt was over-mastering.” Pg 115 Foreshadow/Characterization: The boys had the urge to kill. This quote shows that the boys are now savages; killing is a way of survival. Civilization and order is lost.
“Use a littlun.” Pg 115 Symbolism/Characterization: The boys have now resolved to their savagery by suggesting the use of one of their own/human sacrifice. This quote shows that hope may be slipping away as time passes by, the boys are ultimately changing mentally as they part away from civilization.
“As long as there’s light we’re brave enough. But then? And now that thing squats by

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