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Lord of the flies
Transcript of Lord of the flies
The characters in Lord of the flies consists of a large group of boys whose ages vary. The author has used the interactions between the boys and their individual traits as symbols and themes in the created society on the island. The boys created society has two main classes. The elder boys, nicknamed 'bigguns', are the first class of the island and are involved in important decision making. The 'littleuns' make up the 'second class' of the created society and are forced to take orders from the older boys.
A plane escaping from a World War carrying a group of young boys crashes on a remote island in the middle of the ocean. While the boys hopefully await rescue, they are forced to fend for themselves.
The Protagonist Ralph, is elected to be the 'tribal leader' of the group of around twenty. After a while on the island the boys suspect a wild beast is loose and are frightened. When the boys priorities start to differ within the group they become restless, wild and violent. The large tribe splits into two groups and they fight against each other. The island is transformed into a deadly war zone, much like the one the boys were sent on a plane to escape from.
"If you like your books to have gripping and believable characters, with a plot second to none, then Lord of the flies is for you"-The Guardian
"Fully to succeed, a fantasy must approach very close to reality. Lord of the flies does. It must also be superbly written. It is" -New York Times Book Review
Lord of the flies is a timeless novel that is placed on the top 100 books of all time and for a good reason. The author of Lord of the flies has woven so many themes into one superbly written novel it was hard to put down. With a believable plot and relevant characters near my age it was easy to see this horrific scenario happening in reality. The story line made me think about how much younger generations look up to older ones in societies and that it is reflected in children 's actions. If you are looking for a novel with action, drama and a believable plot, you'll find it in Lord of the flies.
Plot and Summary
LOrd oF the fLies
The conch shell is a representation of order and power. The boy in possession of the shell during meetings has the right to talk while the others must remain silent.
The glasses are a symbol of the boys old civilization, science and intellectual ability. The glasses are used as a tool to help start the signal fire on top of the mountain.
The signal fire is representative of a connection to society/civilization and is a symbol of hope. The purpose of the signal fire is that a ship coasting the ocean will spot the fire and the boys will be rescued. During parts of the novel the fire either goes out or burns low. This shows that the boys desire to leave the island had lessened or that they have turned savage and have accepted their place on the island.
Lord of the flies
Lord of the flies is the most recognized symbol in the whole novel. It's a bloody pigs head that has been speared onto a stake as an offering to the 'beast'. Later in the novel one of the boys confronts the symbol and the pigs head 'speaks to him'. This event sets off a chain reaction on the island. Events and characters then spiral out of control.
The beast only exists in the boys fearful imaginations. It represents the fear and savagery within all humans. When the boys become more savage or frightened the beast seems more real.
Jack is 'vice chief' of the island. His character represents savagery and violence. Jack has a dominant personality that results in major conflict amongst the boys.
Ralph is the leader of the tribe and is focused on keeping a signal fire burning on top of the mountain. Ralph puts effort into building huts and getting clean drinking water for the boys. He is hopeful of a rescue. Ralph represents order and civilization on the island.
Piggy is a 'wing man' to Ralph. He is different from the others and is not accepted into the group of boys. He is nicknamed 'Piggy' by the boys on the island. Piggy is a deep thinker and could be put to more use if the boys didn't overlook him. He represents intellectual thought and ability.
Simon represents natural goodness and innocence on the island. He is the first to discover the real truth about the 'beast' that haunts the boys imaginations.
Written by William Golding, and first published in 1954, Lord of the flies has become a classic piece of literature. The book has made it onto many lists of the top one hundred books ever written. The novel reflects on themes such as civilization vs savagery, and loss of innocence. It also explores war, and how war affects younger generations.
Map of the island