When answering a theme based question, make sure that your quotes suit the theme and you’re able to pick out key words to boost your analysis and interpretations.
Quotes on civilisation:
‘Piggy was… so full of pride in his contribution to the good of society’ (chapter 8)
Pride – noun – shows that Piggy still cares deeply about the good of society
Contribution – verb – Piggy wants to help, a sign of empathy to help others whilst away from civilised life.
‘Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life’ (chapter 4)
Invisible – adjective – implies that civilisation is slipping away from the boys
Taboo – noun – shows, at this point, the boys are still restricted by the society they left behind
Quotes on barbarity (chapter 10)
‘There was a vicious snarling in the mouth of the shelter…’
Vicious – adjective – highlights how the boys have turned savage.
Snarling – verb – animalises the boys, as if they’ve lost all humanity.
‘Like a dozen others were rolling over and over, hitting, biting, scratching.’
Dozen others – stresses how the majority of the boys have turned barbaric
Hitting, biting, scratching – verbs – power of three highlights the violence happening between the boys as they slip further away from civilisation.
‘[Ralph] began to pound the mouth below him, using his clenched fist as a hammer…’
Pound –verb – implies force and strength
Clenched – verb – connotations of anger and stress
Hammer – noun – object used with force to deliver sudden impact
‘The screams of the Littluns and Piggy’s gasps were once more audible.’
Screams – verb – implies distress and fear
Gasps – verb – suggests shock