After all that has happened, why does Piggy still try to reason with Jack to get his glasses back?
Piggy feels totally helpless without his glasses. He is desperate and logically thinks Jack can’t do anything worse to him. Piggy believes in logic and reasoning. Why do the twins suggest they all paint their faces before going to see Jack?
The twins are intimidated by the boys with masks. They think if they have masks, they will have equal power. Why might the boys prefer Jack’s leadership to Ralph’s? Do they fear Jack? Why?
The boys are afraid of Jack, but they think he knows all the answers. He does their thinking for them and they don’t have to take any responsibility. Ralph admits his doubts and fears.
What does Roger do?
Roger throws rocks and then deliberately loosens a boulder that rolls down on Piggy. What happens to the conch? To Piggy?
The boulder strikes Piggy from the chin to the knee and shatters the conch. Piggy falls 40 ft. His head splits open, then his body is washed out to sea.
And what he has learned about darkness (evil) in the human heart.
****Golding says: “The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not any political system . . . .”
Theme: The problems of society come from the defects in our human nature. The evil inside of all of us.