Lord of the Flies is a book written by William Golding. William Golding was a famous British writer and a Nobel prize winner. The book was written in 1954.
The book is about a group of young boys deserted on an uninhabited island. Without any control and social restraints the boys eventually start behaving like savages. They form their own system based on tribal organization, fear and violence. There is only one acceptable behaviour, and those who don’t fit in are hunted down. The book tells a story how deep down people are still savages without any control.
The main characters are: Ralph (who represents politics) – one of the oldest of the boys, handsome and confident; Piggy (represents culture) – which is his nickname because he is fat, asthmatic boy with glasses who is very intelligent; Jack (represents anarchy) – an aggressive boy who marches at the head of his choir; Simon (represents spirituality) – who likes to be alone, and loves nature very much, and often walks alone in the jungle; Sam and Eric (‘Samneric‘) – The twins are the only boys who remain with Ralph and Piggy and take care of the fire; Maurice (who represents the mindless mass) – one of Jack’s hunters, who pretends to be a pig while the others pretend to slaughter him; and Roger – one of the hunters and the guard at the castle rock fortress, equal in Jack’s cruelty.
During a war, a plane carrying a group of British schoolboys is shot down over the Pacific. The pilot is killed, but many of the boys survive the crash. The boys found themselves on an deserted island without any parental control.
The boys have a meeting and they make their own system based on tribes. At the beginning there is only one tribe and Ralph is its chief. Piggy is his advisor, and Jack leads the choir boys who become hunters. The youngest boys, known as “littluns”, are in charge of finding fruit and vegetables. All the boys make up some rules of behaving on the island. After making the rules they make a large fire on top of the mountain to signal any passing ships. Next thing they do is making shelters.
For some time they all follow the rules, but then things start turning bad. Children start being scared at night. Some of them think that there is a monster (beast) on the island. Jack and his hunter go into the jungle to find and kill the beast, but they don’t find it. Then they leave a sacrifice (gift) for it. The sacrifice is a pig’s head. The head attracts a lot of flies and Simon calls it ‘Lord of the Flies‘.
The tribe then splits into two tribes. The first is led by Ralph, the second by Jack. In time more children go to Jack’s tribe because it has more food – especially meat, and because they can do whatever they want. Each tribe makes a fortress (‘castle’). Then the two tribes start fighting. Some children get hurt.
The first person who gets killed is Simon. He gets killed when boys in terror mistake him for a beast in the jungle. Some time after Simon Piggy is killed – when a giant rock falls on him. Sam and Eric get captured as prisoners, and Jack’s hunters start hunting Ralph to kill him too. While Ralph is hunted the boys set the entire island on fire. A ship passing by sees the fire and comes to the island. Running for his life, Ralph finally collapses on the beach, where a naval officer who has arrived with his ship finds him. He thinks that the boys have only been playing games, and he scolds them for not behaving in a more organized and responsible manner as is the British custom. As the boys prepare to leave the island for home, Ralph weeps for the death of Piggy and for the end of the boys’ innocence.
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