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The Coral Island
Transcript of The Coral Island
"Excelsoft - Learnpremium - English." Excelsoft - Learnpremium - English. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.
Brown, David M. "Book Review: The Coral Island â R.M. Ballantyne." Book Review: The Coral Island. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.
"The Coral Island by R M Ballantyne: Book Review." The Coral Island by R M Ballantyne: Book Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.
"The Coral Island." ManyBooks.net. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2013. The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean.
Novel written by Scottish author R. M. Ballantyne at the height of the British Empire.
Written in 1858.
The story relates the adventures of three boys marooned on a South Pacific island, the only survivors of a shipwreck.
Among the novel's major themes are the civilizing effect of Christianity, the spread of trade in the Pacific and the importance of hierarchy and leadership. Ralph Rover (narrative)-15 years old.
Jack Martin-18 years old.
Peterkin Gay- 14 years old. It was the inspiration for William Golding's Lord of the Flies (1954), which inverted the principles of The Coral Island; in Ballantyne's story the children encounter evil, but in The Lord of the Flies evil is within them.
Golding strongly disagreed with the views that it supported, and in contrast Lord of the Flies depicts the English boys as savages themselves, who forget more than they learn, unlike Ballantyne's boys.
Golding described the relationship between the two books by saying that The Coral Island "rotted to compost" in his mind, and in the compost "a new myth put down roots". Bibliography The Coral Island Three boys are the survivors of a shipwreck on the coral reef of a large uninhabited Polynesian island. At first their life on the island is peaceful; food is plentiful, and they are utilizing their possessions. Then unwelcome visitors such as pirates arrive so the three boys conceal themselves in a hidden cave, but Ralph is captured when he sets out to see if the pirates have left, and is taken aboard the pirate boat. Rising tension leads to an attack by the inhabitants on the pirates that allow Ralph to sail back to the Coral Island to be re-united with his friends. The three boys then sail to the island of Mango where a missionary has converted part of the population to Christianity. The boys find themselves in the middle of a conflict and are made prisoners. They are then released a month later after the arrival of another missionary. The boys then set sail for home, older and wiser.