Lord of the Flies

panoptican society in lord of the flies

hi.in our thursday exam our teacher will ask us ths questions. please help me...

1-lord of the flies is a fable.discuss

2-explain the process of standardzation and normalization of the society in lord of the flies.

3-how do you link the panopticon society with the demented society on the island.

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1-Talk about the characters and events as symbols of today's society: Jack's band is like a gang; Ralph is a democratic leader while Jack is a dictator; Simon is a Christ-like figure; Piggy's glasses = true vision; etc.

2-"Normal" = whatever the leader says. Since Ralph fails to provide cosequences for "not normal" behavior (like defecating anywhere instead of on the rocks), there is no "standard." Jack gives orders and punishes offenders, so he creates the standard.

3-The only thing I can see that is panopticon is Jack's leadership--he controls everything. There is no privacy or individual thought. This is not really demented; it is real. This is how dictators operate.

1- Lord of the Flies is not a fable. Only on the basis that it is more of a Parable than a fable. It is even more of an Allegory than a fable, but moving onto why...

Fable: is defined by its brevity (how short it is) and by it's poetic nature.

-Often the characters will be animals or oibjects that possess human characteristics.

example: The Tortise and the Hare

Parable: A saying or narration in which something is expressed in the terms of something else.

Oxford Dictionary adds that a parable is usually dark in nature.

-Rather than using abstract discussion, a parable always teaches by comparison with real or literal occurences.

2- well I'm not quite sure on this one, though I'll tell you right now Piggy is the literal symbol for Civilization. The Conch is law and Order with a definate connection there by "whoever holds the conch gets to talk" kind of thing. Represents order and some form of government they set up.

Coming from England the boys know what kind of society they grew up in, but really without any adults around the enforce it, the boys fall from the high standard of living to becoming savage and wild.

3- well the boys obviously think they are constantly being watched by the Beast. By the great unknown. They fear it and any way they can they try to appease it to perhaps make it less scary, but in doing this, make it all the more real for themselves. They feel like they are isolated and away from teh rest of the world. Away from the rest of the world of reason. Away from anyone they'd be comforted by in saying that there's no such thing as the Beast.