Lord Of Flies

  • Category: English
  • Words: 713
  • Grade: 11
Lord of the Flies is an action-packed book which takes place on an uninhabited island after a plane full of English boys is shot down. At the beginning of the story he is described as being a playful child, but towards the end he matures significantly. He is one of the few boys who realizes that the only way to survive is through peace and order. Because he summons the boys at the beginning of the novel with the conch he and Piggy find, they look upon him as the most responsible of the boys and elect him chief over the humiliated Jack. Jack Merridew, Ralph's main antagonist, is older than most of the other boys. He is the leader of a group of choir boys and is dubbed chief of the hunters by Ralph. He and his hunters become sadistic and detached from the world of peace Ralph creates. Jack is the prime reason why the island becomes full of chaos and corruption. Piggy is a fat little boy who remains close to Ralph's side throughout the story. Although he is intellectually insightful, Piggy is weak and endlessly complains about their troubles. Most of the other boys bully him even though his glasses are their only hope of rescue. Roger is a young lad who comes on to the island with hints of evil. He is constantly bullying Piggy and other small kids. Roger follows Jack, who exploits his dark side, and by the end of their adventures has committed murder as well as many other sadistic acts. Simon is like no other boy on the island. Simon's goodness and caring are shown by the way he takes care of the "littluns". He is the only boy who discovers the beast on the island that everybody fears. Simon's symbolism in this story offers a meaning deeper than just a young, bashful boy. The main conflict in Lord of the Flies is between Ralph and Jack. The beginning of their struggle stems from the very start of the novel when Ralph is elected chief over Jack. Jack and his hunters eventually form their own group apart from the others. Uncivilized to say the least, his savages are totally stripped of what society has impressed upon them. Ralph demands peace on the island but to no avail. Their struggle symbolizes that of good and evil. Because he is weak and a bit chubby, Piggy is in constant conflict with the other boys who mock and bully him. Jack is the instigator in this struggle, belittling Piggy at every chance. This conflict escalates until the end of the story when Roger kills him. The turning point of the novel occurs when Jack and his hunters have a feast to celebrate breaking away from Ralph and forming their own tribe. During this sadistic event, the boys are invited to join Jack and many accept. Everyone begins to dance and lose touch with reality and all civilization, and when Simon crawls out of the forest with his message about the beast, he himself is mistaken for the for it and is torn apart in by the frenzied children. At this point Ralph loses most of his control over almost all the kids, and Jack begins to take over. After the feast, things only get worse for Ralph and his remaining followers. Jack and his warriors attack them one night and steal the key to fire, Piggy's glasses. The next day Ralph, Piggy, and Samneric journey to Castle Rock to try to talk some sense into the savages but it was no use. Piggy, still holding the conch, desperately tries to be heard over the scuffle but Roger, the most evil of all the hunters, heaves an immense boulder upon him, crushing both Piggy and the symbol of sanity and order, the conch. The next day Jack organizes and island-wide manhunt for Ralph. The leader of the savages sets the bushes on fire in an attempt to flush him out. The fugitive is chased across most of the blazing island when, with nowhere to run, he collapses at the foot of a cheerful naval officer who was attracted by the smoke. When Ralph recalls the atrocities that he and the other boys had committed, he bursts into tears.
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