Lord Of The Flies Message In A Bottle Assignment Notebook

Golding's message is that the rules are necessary. Without rules, people left to their own decisions often make wrong choices. Without rules, life can be dangerous. Golding conveys the dangers that apply when people are left without rules. 

Simon dies because Jack and his hunters do not follow rules. Piggy dies because Jack and his hunters do not follow the rules. Ralph is the next one to be in danger. Ralph would have died had he not been rescued by the British officer. 

Jack and his hunters have become anti-disciplined. They have taken matters in their own hands. They have created a system with no rules. They have lost control of their good senses. They live in anarchy. Theri behaviors have become savage. 

Golding proves that people to left to their own free will will react violently. Without government and rules, people will lose all restraint and commit evil actions. 

Jack and his hunters prove that restraint is lessened when there are no rules to follow. This is Golding's message. He sets out to prove that people need order and strucutre in order to survive. Without rules and regulations, Jack and his hunters become animals with no restraint:

Jack's savage society becomes more distinct and powerful. 

W7, #4: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

Posted onOctober 2, 2008

Set-Up: Apologies to romantic Kevin Costner films and a classic song by the Police, I’m going to bring out the “message in a bottle” concept to see how each of you can play around with the mindset of one of the character’s on the island at this point in the story.

Challenge:

  • Pick a character that you are beginning to figure out in terms of their inner feelings and motivations.
  • Write a private letter from them to ‘someone’ in the real world.  Note:  they have secretly put this note into a bottle that will to be  tossed into the ocean in hopes of being read one day.
  • Offer a hint of how this character is privately seeing the events on the island unfold and what they really think about the group dynamics, chances of survival, etc.
  • Bonus: can you write it so that it ‘sounds’ like their personality (as well as what they are thinking)?

Hint: Tell us right away how far you’ve read so that we have a sense of what you are familiar with as the letter is written. Try to focus on their inner mind, not just the plot of the story.

Length: 7+ sentences

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