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The Lord Of The Flies

The Lord of the Flies


The adventure novel, The Lord of the Flies, was an epic tale that depicted
the different facets of the human spirit. It was written by William Golding in
the 1950's and recieved many awards. It was declared the "Outstanding Novel of
the Year" by E.M. Forrester. The author did in no wat mean for this story to be
biographical, but Mr. Golding depicted well the many different aspect of human
nature. The book has been described as "provacative, vivid and enthralling,"
but Time and Tide said it best when they wrote, "It is not only a first-rate
adventure story but a parable of our times."

The novel took place on an island probably somewhere in the middle of
the Atlantic. This can be inferred because of the fact that the boys are
British and that they arrived on the island by way of a plane cradsh. The story
also occurred during wartime.

The story begins when a group of British boys crash on an uninhabited
island. In the beginning they area all unruly and unmorginized. Finally, a boy
by the nakme of Ralph decides to take charge and call a meeting. The boys
declare him "chief" and then begin to follow his lead. Ralph is also assisted
by another lad by the name of Piggy. The group of boys were getting along fine
until Jack Merridew, a boy who wanted to be "chief" instead, decided to go his
own way. He disobeyed Ralph and did things his own way. He was to preoccupied
witdh his own whims to do the act that was most important on the island, which
was to keep the signal going so they could be rescued. Finally, Jack went
against Ralph and declared that if any of the other boys wanted to have "fun,"
which meant acting like savages, that they should follow him. The boys splot up
into two groups and then havoc insued. Jacks group went around hunting and
being barbaric while the others tried to get rescued. In the end Jack had
gotten all the boys except Ralph to run around loke wild animals. Then when
Jack got tired of dealing with Ralph, he convinced wveryone to try and kill him.
By then however, a navy ship had come an they could never get around to the
nasty deed.

There was more than one antagonist in the story, The Lord of the Flies.
They were Ralph, Piggy, and all the other boys who tried to sustain order and
law on the island. To begin with, Ralph was the "first" chief on the island.
In the beginning, he was the one who tdook charge of the group okf boys and
called them to order. He tried to organize a strategy dto get off the island
and make all the boys understand why it was he was doing what he was doing.
Piggy was basically Ralph's "right-hand" man. He was probably the mkore natural
leader, but since he did not possess the confidence to stand up alone, he did
all he wanted to do "through" Ralph. These boys were the antagonists because
they desperately tried to get off the island and tried not to let anyone or
anything get in their way.

The antagonist in the story in the story was Jack Merridew. He was the
boy in the story who openly showed his dislike for the procedures Ralph was
taking as chief of the island. He continually disobeyed Ralph and eventually
broke off and went his own direction. In turn, many of the boys followed Jack
and his "savage philosophy." Jack and these boys started their own "tribe" and
ended up causing more problems than they solved. He also prevented Ralph from
being an effective leader by basically taking away all his power. When the
other boys saw how much "fun" Jack was having they all left Ralph and followed
every action Jacck took. When the boys left, Rallph did not have many boys
helping him, dtherefore, he could not accomploish the simple taske of keeping
the signal fire going.

The theme of the novel was the fact that even the most avid attempts to
be civilized will be squandeered by the savage nature of the human spirit. The
group of boys were stranded on the island with almost no chance of survival and
persevered through it all. One of the most sensible boys, Ralph, eeven tried to
organize the group and get them to follow his instructions. He had them gbuild
shelters and construct a smoke signal that would run throughout the day. In the
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