LOTF Podcast

We recorded a podcast from a psychologist perspective on the novel Lord of the Flies, relating human morality, social conformity and herd mentality, including examples of how it occurs among the boys.

Work Cited:

“When people are part of a group, they often experience deindividuation, or a loss of self-awareness”

-Examining the Mob Mentality, source.southuniversity.edu/examining-the-mob-mentality-31395.aspx.

“A professor from Florida, figure out that you only need 5% to start mob mentality”

-“‘Herd’ Mentality Explained.” Psych Central News, 28 June 2016, psychcentral.com/news/2008/02/15/herd-mentality-explained/1922.html.

“Kids tend to look towards older people for direction”

-Lopez, Linette. “THE SIBLING EFFECT: 12 Amazing Facts About Brothers And Sisters.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 14 Sept. 2011, www.businessinsider.com/sibling-effect-jeffrey-kluger-2011-9.

“When you start to develop morals”

-“Early Childhood Moral Development.” Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7), www.gracepointwellness.org/462-child-development-parenting-early-3-7/article/12769-early-childhood-moral-development.

“One might find it easier to follow someone instead of voicing their opinion, fitting into a group is easier”

-Humphries, Lewis. “10 Signs You’re A Follower Instead Of A Leader.” Lifehack, Lifehack, 23 July 2015, www.lifehack.org/287415/10-signs-youre-follower-instead-leader.

In class:

“Ages of 2-4 is when children learn the difference between right and wrong”

“Parents being away from a child for 7-8 months can change how the child thinks and views things”

“Morals are gained through growing up, not something you are born with”

“Being away from your parents for too long can lead you to look up to an older authority”

“The boys still did bad things whether they agreed with it or not, the majority was doing it so they joined”



“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Narrative

“He took one last drag his cigarette and snapped it away. Then with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the undefeated, inscrutable to the last “ …


“Ok Walter, let’s go, now Walter, now,” his wife haggardly says. Walter goes into the car and drops Ms. Mitty off at home. “I’ll be right back hunny, just have to go grab something from the store,” Walter yells from inside the car. Walter is going to the Garden of Life to buy his wife some coreopsis. When Walter gets there, he buys the biggest, most beautiful coreopsis anyone has ever seen. When he goes up to pay, he looks to his left and spots a bunch of matches. “Sir, Sir can I help you?” The cashier girl asks.  Walter thoughtfully responds, “Ummmm, yes, do you have a phone I can borrow?”.  “Right this way Sir,” the cashier responded. “Thank you so much,” he says…


He finds himself in a field full of coreopsis and long dry hay, with matches in his hand.  He looked around and couldn’t see any sign of life.  Out of nowhere, a massive amount of intimidating crows start circling above him.  They start swooping at him, trying to peck him as if he was food.  He tries to block the birds and in a panic, drops the matches.  The dry hay and coreopsis immediately start on fire.  The fire started to build very fast, while the birds continued to peck him.  Suddenly, a puddle appears in front of him.  Walter is forced to jump inside the puddle to escape the relentless birds and encompassing fire.  He enters the gross, freezing cold water, with fish and seaweed everywhere.  He spots his car on the sea floor.  There is seaweed and vines growing all around.  He hears the car radio on. “Walter, are you there? Why don’t you listen?”  The inscrutable sounds eerily coming from the radio.  It sounded like his wife….“Walter, Walter?  Were u even listening to me… ughhhh,” his wife nagged him.  He finds himself begrudgingly being spoke to by his wife on the phone.  “Yes hunny, coming home now see you soon,” Walter sheepishly answers back.  Buy’s the coreopsis, some balloons and goes to his car.  As Walter drives home…



“Father and Son” Plot Point Photos

In this project, based on the short story, “Father and Son” written by Bernard MacLaverty, photos will be inserted with matching quotes for each plot point, and an explanation indicating that the quotes relate to the story. “Father and Son” is taken place in the 60’s or 70’s in Ireland. This story is about a relationship between a Father and his son, and the difficulties they have faced in the past and present. It is written in the first-person point of view, switching perspectives throughout the entire story. The relationship that the father and son share is unhealthy at the least, and the story eventually leads to a tragic ending.

1) Exposition

At the beginning of the short story, in the exposition, the characters and setting are revealed. The father is very protective of his son, ensuring that he is safe, “I know that in a few minutes he will come in to look at me sleeping. He will check that I came home last night” the son is bothered by the way his father is constantly concerned for him (MacLaverty 165).

2) Initiating incident

As the initiating incident arises, the son is always angry at his dad for hounding him with questions and being paranoid about the son’s actions, “Why do you always spy on me, you nosey old bastard?” he does not appreciate having someone care about what he is up to (MacLaverty 169).

3) Rising Action

the first part of the Rising action starts to take place when the father and son have conflict assuming he has been involved with drugs, “ I want to know if you are in danger again,” the father has been constantly checking in to ensure his son will not make the same mistakes (MacLaverty 167).

4) Rising Action

The second rising action is when the father is reminding his son of how he took care of him when he had been unstable, “ I had to go and collect you. Like a dog,” hoping that the reassurance will prevent his son from acting out in the future (MacLaverty 168).

5) Rising Action

The third and final rising action component is when the dad does not trust his son, and expects more from him then to be out that late when he could be in a dangerous situation, “You should be in your bed. A man at your age. Its past one” (MacLaverty 166).

6) Climax

The main part of the story or the climax happens when his son is talking with friends at the front door, all seems well until, “There is a bang,” the father suspects something may have occurred (MacLaverty 169).

7) Falling Action

The falling action begins to occur when the father immediately drops everything to investigate the unexpected sound, “A dish-cloth drops from my hand and I run to the kitchen door.” He finds his son laying on the threshold (MackLaverty 169).

8) Denouement

At the end of the story, known as the denouement, conclusion or resolution, the father is so heartbroken to find his son on the floor bleeding. He tries to comfort his son by holding him and talking to him, “My son, let me put my arms around you,” as he has always wished for (MacLaverty 169).

Character Sketch – Two Fishermen

Micheal Foster, a character from “The Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan. Micheal is an ambitious report, who hopes to become an important newspaper man ” to go to the city some day and become a journalist” (Callaghan 1). Micheal shows that he is embarrassed to be around K.Smith in public; hes feels judged when walking around with Smitty “Michael backed into the crowd and all  the time he felt dreadful, ashamed as though he were betraying Smitty”  (Callahan 4). Micheal is not a very good friend towards Smitty, he does not have his back and is scared to speak up. Micheal is also a character that only tries to please people and not himself. He is also the type of character that seems trustworthy, a “friend” and, a good all around guy to be with. In the story “The Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan, Micheal becomes friend with Smitty as known as “The Hangman” but Micheal does not know that till later. Once Smitty was being rudely attacked by small rocks by the towns people; Micheal turned his back and walked away. Micheal Foster, a character in the short story, “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan, is nice one on one, knows everyone’s busy, gains trust, and does not like when people dislike him.

Sited :


Capital Punishment in “Two Fishermen”

Capital Punishment is where someone would be punished for Breaking the certain laws, rape to murder, child rape, and treason were all on the range of law. Even though capital punishment is a brutal way of punishment, Canada supported it. In Canada we started capital punishment in 1865 and ended in 1976 this took place in lower and upper Canada. Since we stopped captain punishment we substitute it for a life sentence without any parole. In the story, “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan the time It took place was during 1961 or 1962, this was only done for murder and no other punishment.

Thomas Delany did not deserve to have capital punishment. Thomas Delany was standing up for his wife, and killed the man who molested and hurt his wife. Thomas Delany should not be guilty of murder, murdered shown to the general public is wrong, legal or not It does not make Thomas Delany murdered in public a right for the reason of  illegally murdering someone. The third and last reason why Thomas Delany did not deserve to suffer from the capital punishment is because of how horrible and disgusting It is. I do not agree with capital punishment and believe that even if they do something horrible murder is the easy way out of it instead of guilty shaming them or making them suffer for a life time in jail. The murder Thomas Delany participated in was different than other murders, he did not harm an innocent person, only a person who harmed his wife.