1. Dominant impression: Genuine goodness is rare and can even overtake the sense of order or of savagery. Ralph, who represents order, and Jack, who represents barbarism, both try to look for Simon (representing human goodness), but he doesn’t follow either of them, only his own heart. Genre: Fiction 2. Allegory. Ralph is order, shown when he says “I’ll go on with the shelter”. Shelter, to safety, leadership, thinks about others’ as well, not just himself. Jack is savagery, shown when he says “If I could only get a pig! ”.
He wants to hunt, resorts to his gut instinct, selfishness, bloodlust. Also this is characterization. 3. Graphic/visual details of Simon’s physique sets Simon as a genuine, Christ-like character. “an air of purpose” Christ’s purpose is to save people. “Skinny boy, chin pointed, eyes so bright” all a sense of brilliance and deep understanding of human nature to its core. “Feet bare like Jack’s”, comparison to Jack. Like Jack, Simon relies on his gut instinct. But instead of being bad, it is good. “frowning at the little house” observant.
This is also characterization of Simon as someone caring and genuine. 4. Antithesis between Ralph and Jack. “If I could only get a pig! ” (Jack) vs “I’ll go on with the shelter” (Ralph) juxtaposed to show contrast between the two as being very different in morality. Jack is savagery, Ralph is order. Jack is instinct, Ralph is reason. Jack is selfish, Ralph is altruistic. 5. “They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate”. Juxtaposition “love” and “hate”. To emphasize their differences, contrast, antithesis, etc.
They also both respect (? ) each other for being “leaders” but in a very different way. 6. “shouting, and splashing and laughing” repetition, establishing rhythm in the actions. Set the atmosphere of the actions as being continuous and numerous and fun. 7. “They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling, unable to communicate”. Referring to Jack and Ralph, this shows that they are both “continents” or leaders, and they both possess “experience and feeling”, but in very different ways.
Contrasting mentalities: Ralph is reason, Jack is instinct. Atmosphere: conflicting (feelings and experiences), tense. ? which makes them unable to communicate with each other because they are so different morally. 8. Change in atmosphere when describing Simon, to something more open and mystical. “delightfully, bright, almost concealing”… Shows that Simon is different from the other two. He is more genuine, and good to his core. “Bathe” ? symbol for cleansing?