The Lord of the Flies

William Golding

Summary

The Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of young boys that got stranded on an island after a plane accident. Ralph is elected leader of the boys, but another boy, Jack, thinks he should be the leader. The story takes the reader through all the actions and events the boys go through while trying to survive on the island. Ralph calls meetings by using the sound of blowing into a conch shell. Some of the young boys envision a beast on the island, so a group of boys go searching in the woods. A boy named Simon finds a pigs head on a stake in the woods, and has an illusion that it is speaking to him as "The Lord of the Flies". Later in the story, Jack breaks away from the group and starts his own tribe. He eventually gets every boy to join him, either willingly or by force. The boys on the island soon forget the normal ways of life, and this leads to some exciting action parts in the book.

Characters

Ralph- Ralph is the main character. He is the boy who is elected leader of the island. He tries to practically get things accomplished in order to survive on the island. He is the protagonist of the story.Jack- Jack is the antagonist of the story. He is elected hunting leader at first, but eventually starts his own tribe in which he is the dictator of. He uses harsh force and abuse to get what he wants.Piggy- Piggy is the smart, ingenious boy on the island. He is the boy who never betrays Ralph. He is called Piggy because of his corpulent appearance.Simon- Simon is a kind, yet shy boy. He never harms anybody on the island, and only tries to help. He is brutally murdered by other boys on the island while trying to explain that the "beast" that everyone thinks exists, was actually just a dead body.

Favorite Passage

"Roger and Maurice came out of the forest. They were relieved fromduty at the fire and had come down for a swim. Roger led the waystraight through the castles, kicking them over, burying the flowers, scatteringthe chosen stones. Maurice followed, laughing, and added to thedestruction. The three littluns paused in their game and looked up. Asit happened, the particular marks in which they were interested had notbeen touched, so they made no protest. Only Percival began to whimperwith an eyeful of sand and Maurice hurried away. In his other life Mauricehad received chastisement for filling a younger eye with sand. Now,though there was no parent to let fall a heavy hand, Maurice still feltthe unease of wrongdoing. At the back of his mind formed the uncertainoutlines of an excuse. He muttered something about a swim and brokeinto a trot."This passage is not necessarily my favorite, but it is important. This passage helps forshadow events that come in the future. The way Roger and Maurice just destroy the young boys' sand castles showed me that they have no remorse for their actions. I liked this passage because Golding helped describe the characters better, and it helped me understand why they did what they did later in the book

Review

I enjoyed this book, because it seemed like the perfect mixture of adventure, action, and tragedy. For example, there is adventure when the boys go to try and find the "beast" in the woods on the island. The action parts come when the boys are hunting, and when Jack and Ralph fight. The tragedy parts of the book come when Simon and Piggy are killed. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys any of those types of books.

Works Cited

"Photos - Lord of the Flies." Lord of the Flies. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2013"Conch." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 May 2013. Web. 07 Nov. 2013