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Lord of the Flies7





In the midst of a raging war, a plane evacuating a group of English boys from Britain is
shot down over a deserted tropical island. Marooned, the boys set about electing a leader
and finding a way to be rescued. They choose Ralph as their leader, and Ralph appoints
Jack to be the leader of the hunters. Ralph, Jack, and Simon set off on an expedition to
explore the island. When they return, Ralph declares that they must light a signal fire to
attract the attention of passing ships. The boys begin to do so, using the lens from
Piggy's eyeglasses to ignite dead wood, but they are more interested in playing than in
paying close attention to their duties, and the fire quickly ignites the forest. A large
swath of dead wood burns out of control. One of the youngest boys disappears, presumably
having burned to death.

At first, the boys enjoy their life without grown-ups. They splash in the lagoon and play
games, though Ralph complains that they should be maintaining the signal fire and building
huts for shelter. The hunters have trouble catching a pig, but Jack becomes increasingly
preoccupied with the act of hunting. One day, a ship passes by on the horizon, and Ralph
and Piggy notice, to their horror, that the signal fire has burned out; it had been the
hunters' responsibility to maintain it. Furious, Ralph accosts Jack, but the hunter has
just returned with his first kill, and all the boys seem gripped with a strange frenzy,
reenacting the chase in a kind of wild dance. When Piggy criticizes him, Jack hits him
across the face.

Ralph blows the conch shell used to summon the boys and reprimands them in a speech
intended to restore order. Yet there is a larger, more insidious problem than keeping the
signal fire lit and overcoming the difficulties of hunting: the boys have started to
become afraid. The littlest boys (known as "littluns") have been troubled by nightmares
from the beginning, and more and more boys now believe that there is some sort of beast or
monster lurking on the island. At the meeting, the older boys try to convince the others
to think rationally: if there were a monster, where would it hide during the daytime? One
of the littluns suggests that it hides in the sea, a proposition that terrifies the whole
group.

Not long after the meeting, an aircraft battle takes place high above the island. The boys
are sleeping, so they do not notice the flashing lights and explosions in the clouds. A
parachutist drifts to earth on the signal fire mountain. He is dead. Sam and Eric, the
twins responsible for watching the fire at night, have fallen asleep, so they do not see
him land. But when they wake up, they see the enormous silhouette of his parachute and
hear the strange flapping noises it makes. Thinking the beast is at hand, they rush back
to the camp in terror and report that the beast has attacked them.
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