Book Report on Lord of the flies1

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lord of the flies1

Lord of the Flies
The classic novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is an exciting adventure deep into
the nether regions of the mind. The part of the brain that is suppressed by the mundane
tasks of modern society. It is a struggle between Ralph and Jack, the boys and the Beast,
good and evil.

The story takes a look at what would happen if a group of British school boys were to
become stranded on an island. At first the boys have good intentions, keep a fire going so
that a passing ship can see the smoke and rescue them, however because of the inherent
evil of the many the good intentions of the few are quickly passed over for more exciting
things. The killing of a pig slowly begins to take over the boys life, and they begin to
go about this in a ritualistic way, dancing around the dead animal and chanting. As this
thirst for blood begins to spread the group is split into the “rational (the
fire-watchers) pitted against the irrational (the hunters) (Dick 121).” The fear of
a mythological “beast” is perpetuated by the younger members of the groups and
they are forced to do something about it. During one of the hunters’ celebrations
around the kill of an animal a fire-watcher stumbles in to try and disband the idea of the
monster. Caught of in the rabid frenzy of the dance, this fire-watcher suddenly becomes
the monster and is brutally slaughtered by the other members of the group. The climax of
the novel is when the hunters are confronted by the fire-watchers. The hunters had stole
Piggy’s (one of the fire-watchers) glasses so that they may have a means of making a
cooking fire. One of the more vicious hunters roles a boulder off of a cliff, crushing
Piggy, and causing the death of yet another rational being. The story concludes with the
hunters hunting Ralph (the head and last of the fire-watchers). After lighting half of the
island on fire in an attempt to smoke Ralph from his hiding place, they chase him on to
the beach only to find a ships captain and crew waiting there to rescue them, because he
saw the smoke.

The novel is packed full of symbolism and irony. Golding also communicates his message
quite well. “The title refers to Beelzebub, most stinking and depraved of all the
devils: it is he, and not the God of Christians, who is worshipped (Burgess 121).”
This is just one of the many examples of symbolism. Another would be that as the story
progressed characters names slowly begin to change. A pair of twin boys, Sam and Eric,
became know as Samneric, a single unit. Another boy completely forgot his name because he
was just lumped into the group know as the little’uns. This is symbolic of the break
down of the basic structure of society, identity. If a person does not know who he is then
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