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Utopian Novel

Lord of the Flies

Alison D

on 18 December 2012

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William Golding Lord of the Flies Presentation by Alison D summary Lord of the Flies is about a group of boys' fight for survival as they face an unknown "beast" and struggle to find food and shelter on a deserted island. During a war in Britain, a plane is shot down and crashes into an uncharted island. Two boys, Ralph and Piggy, find each other and decide to search for the others. They then discover a conch shell, and blow in it to make a noise that attracts the other boys from the crash. After assembling, they elect a leader (Ralph) and someone in charge of hunting (a boy named Jack). The boys eventually set up a living area by building shelters, creating fire, and finding food. one A series of events causes confusion. A parachutist that falls from the sky is thought to be a scary beast (sparknotes.com), while a boy named Simon hallucinates about a rotting pig head that contains flies telling him that the pig is the Lord of the Flies. The boys start to believe that there truly is a beast. Their society eventually erupts into chaos, and the boys split up. Because of their differences and the extreme conditions, many of the children become bloodthirsty and go insane. two What rules/norms/behaviors appear to support
the society in functioning well? At first, the boys seem to know what they're doing and form an okay society.
When they meet, a democracy is formed when Ralph is elected by the others to be leader. They then elect Jack to lead the hunts.
The children decide to use the conch shell to determine who talks - the person who is holding it is allowed to speak. (p38)
When making a fire, they are efficient and think well. They are smart and decide to use Piggy's glasses to light the brush. (p39-41) The fire is used to signal to ships that the boys are stranded on the island. They then make a fire schedule pertaining to who guards it at time periods throughout the day. This is an example of order. Their fire also eventually saves them when a ship sees the smoke.
Ralph is a good leader and knows the priorities of survival. What rules/norms/behaviors appear to prevent the society from functioning well? good things bad things Being kids, many of the boys don't like to be argued with and have typical thoughts for a 5-13 year old.
Ralph doesn't seem to pay attention to other opinions (p35-37).
Many of the kids would rather play around and have fun instead of hunting, building shelters, and doing other work to help their survival (p50-54).
There are no adults on the island - without someone to order them around, the kids struggle with duties.
Piggy tried suggesting ideas and made good points, but the leaders wouldn't believe they were wrong and ignored him (p46-48)
The little kids are frightened of the beast and this causes confusion between the others. People claim that they have seen the beast, but the mystery of if it is real or not is what tears the community apart. leadership How is the society deciding on leadership? In the beginning of the novel, it is inferred that Ralph has power over Piggy because he has a stronger attitude.
The boys also vote for a leader fairly. They all cast votes and Ralph is chosen because he receives the majority. Jack is then chosen as head of the kids who hunt.
Ralph and Jack's personalities are somewhat similar, so it's natural that both want a chance to rule the society. Eventually, Jack splits off and everyone but Piggy, two twins named Sam and Eric, the little kids, and Ralph join him. SPOILER ALERT! Things to know: The Lord of the Flies is just a sow's head that was put outside as a sacrifice for the beast. It rotted and attracted flies, but didn't really send messages to Simon. Because of his state, he merely hallucinated.
The beast isn't really a scary mutant that wants to kill everything on the island. In the end of the book, it is revealed that the beast is "the evil inside [the boys]." When some of them go insane and try to hunt and kill Ralph, the reader learns how evil and bloodthirsty the boys are. The only real monster in the story is the monster within each of the children. Extras! 1990 movie trailer 1963 movie website http://lordoftheflies.org/ the conch the island the boys Thanks for viewing! generalizations There are many generalizations about utopias, and many of them relate to this novel.
Utopias are different for everyone. Ralph had a vision of a society in which people work together, but Jack's vision is that he wants to hunt and have fun.
Utopias are corrupted after they are created. The author explains towards the end of the novel that there is always an evil within everyone. Because of rules that weren't strong and not enforced enough, this evil came out of everyone. This bad nature inside every child caused the boys to fight, which eventually caused their utopia to crumble. works cited Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York City: Penguin Group, 1954. Print.

Sparknotes. Sparknotes LLC, n.d. Web. 3 Oct. 2012. main
characters Piggy Ralph Jack
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