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__________________________Lord of the Flies by William Golding


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Lord of the Flies

 

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William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954.

The story begins during the war, as an airplane carrying a group of small boys crashes into an uninhabited island. The boys are left alone with no adult presence because the captain and crew are killed. They elect a chief, Ralph, and begin to survive with the resources they find on the island. Certain boys are given certain duties and they live as a happy, cooperative society. Piggy, a heavy set boy becomes Ralph's wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population.

Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The rumor that a "beast" is lurking on the island causes the children to have nightmares and horrible fantasies.

The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away. Soon Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet." Golding's gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition.

The tyrant, Jack, promises to fulfill the children's desires and is elected the new chief. The once well- organized society is divided into two groups: those who hunt and become savages, and those who believe in rational living and being rescued. Ralph gradually becomes an outcast and is hunted by Jack's army of boys. Just as Ralph is about to be killed by the "savages", a naval officer arrives on the island to rescue them.

 

 

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