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__________________________Lord of the Flies by William Golding

 


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Lord of the Flies

 

Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 7-9

Summary:

The boys stop when they come to a fruit tree and eat. Ralph suddenly notices how dirty they all are and he really wants a hair cut and a tooth brush. He looks at the sea and sees wave after wave rise and fall. He is amazed by its infinite size. Back at the lagoon, it was actually a realistic thought that they could be rescued. Looking at the sea now, it seems quite hopeless.

Agreeing on the need of food even though they are hunting for something else, the boys want to try to catch a pig. Totally unexpected, a boar comes out of the bushes. Ralph hits it with his wooden stick, but doesn’t kill it. He is very proud. But now Jack comes back, very angry. He cannot understand why they couldn’t catch the pig. He shows them a huge bruise which the boar has given him. The boys’ attention is now towards Jack. Ralph becomes jealous. A wild game with Roger as pig starts. It gets out of hands.

The boys start moving again. They walk along the beach. Simon is sent through the woods to tell Piggy that they won’t be home this night. The rest of them keep walking towards the mountain. They are tired, and most of them run off, wanting to rest at the platform. Roger, Jack and Ralph keep walking, heading towards the mountain to light the fire and to find the beast. Arriving at the top they see a rock which is not supposed to be there. The "rock" gets up and walks away. The three boys run off, terrified. They tell the other boys what they have seen.

Jack blows in the conch and wakes up everybody. He speaks to the crowd telling them that the beast really exists (they have seen it) and that Ralph is a coward, not a real leader. He just gives orders, and he has never helped them hunt. Jack asks the kids "whoever wants Ralph not to be chief?" - but nobody raises their hands. Jack gets furious and runs away from the crowd. The others decide to make a new fire on the beach. Afterwards, they discover that Bill and Roger are gone.

Jack and a small group of boys stand on the beach on the other side of the island. Now they will concentrate on surviving, not trying to be saved. They manage to kill a sow, and the painted children dance the ritual dance to celebrate. They are going to bring it to the beach so they can eat it, but they don’t have a fire. Their plan is now to steal fire from the others. But before they do so, they cut the pig’s head off and put it on a stick in the clearing. What they don’t know is that Simon is watching them.

Simon is up on the hill, watching the pig’s head on the stick. The head is surrounded by flies, until they “attack” Simon, who can’t stop staring at the pig’s head.

Meanwhile, Ralph and Piggy are having a conversation at the beach. The fact that nobody realizes how important the fire is, scares them. They are afraid that they are going to be savages as well. Suddenly they are attacked by Jack and some of the other boys, who grab some burning sticks. Jack offers all of the kids to join his tribe. They are hunting and having fun, and in the evening they will have a feast and eat meat. Then Jack and the savages leave.

Ralph, Piggy and the twins are discussing whether they should go to Jack's feast or not. They can't think of any reason why they shouldn't.

Meanwhile Simon is deep in the jungle, hallucinating. The pig's head - The Lord of the Flies - is talking to him. The head threatens to kill him. It says that it is the beast, and that nobody can hunt for it and kill it. Simon finally looses consciousness.

The weather is foreshadowing the events that take place. The flies crowd around the mountain. The beast has scared the boys completely and the result of this is that they begin to have fear of themselves. After having examined the parachuter on top of the mountain, Simon realizes what the "beast" really is.

Later Ralph throws water at Piggy and instead of retreating, Piggy throws water back at Ralph. Without Jack and the boys present, Piggy regains his self-confidence and is able to get back at Ralph. The two boys soon start to talk in earnest. They are discussing why Jack and the other boys have gone away. After a while, Piggy suggests that they also should go after them.

Because of Jack, Ralph has lost his position as chief among the boys. Piggy is scared and turns to Ralph who is obviously also a little bit scared. Lightning and heavy rain set in, and the boys start their ritual dance. This is a result of the pig hunt. In a way they are celebrating the killings.

The littleuns become more and more afraid of the biguns, and the littleuns seem to be left out of the gang. Piggy and Ralph feel a sort of belonging to the biguns and join their circle. There is a big desire to kill among the biguns.

They think Simon is the beast as he comes running out of the woods. Before he has a chance to tell them about the man with the parachute, Simon gets killed and the chapter ends with his body floating into the sea.

The rain wash away the blood and the remains of Simon`s body. The "beast" on the mountain, the dead body with the parachute, is also taken away into the water by the storm.

 

Review:

The climax occurs when order is completely lost, the conch is crush, and Piggy is killed. Jack takes over the group.

The falling action is the brief period between the time where Jack takes over and the officer arrives. We see the innate evil within the boys which is a reflection of the evil within the entire mankind.

Simon is the saint in the story. He is the one that seems to best understand the inner evil, and the first to understand the beast. Sadly, his insight is lost among the boys as he is k


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  • Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 10-12

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