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Ap Book Report: "Lord Of The Flies", By William Golding.

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1. Title of Work: Lord of the Flies2. Author and date written: William Golding; written in early 1950's, first published 19543. Country of author: England4. Characters (label as major or minor) with brief descriptions of each; include at least two adjectives for each and brief commentary.Major Characters.- Ralph: elected the leader of the boys in the beginning of the novel. About 12 years old in age, has strong leadership, and tries to keep peace and fairness throughout the boys. He was determined to be rescued and ordered a rescue fire, while other boys seemed to forget about being rescued and played around. Most of the boys except Piggy go over to Jack's group later when Jack makes his own tribe. Ralph symbolizes the civilizing instinct within humans.- Piggy: is Ralph's "lieutenant". He comes up with some good ideas. Piggy represents the scientific, rational side of civilization.- Jack Merridew: about 12 years old, who is the opposite of Ralph. He was originally a choir leader, who later broke off of Ralph and created a new savage tribe, which most of the boys joined. Jack symbolizes savagery.- Simon: is a shy sensitive boy. He is really the only fully nice person on the island. He is nice to the little kids and the other boys. He finds the fallen pilot who was thought to be a beast. He is mistaken to be the beast and killed while trying to explain what the beast really was. Simon symbolizes the good nature inside humans.Minor Characters- Roger: is Jack's "lieutenant". A cruel person, mean to the little ones and later kill Piggy with a boulder. He also tortured Samneric until they agreed to join Jack's tribe. He picks on the weaker people.- Sam and Eric: a.k.a. Samneric. They are twins sided with Ralph. Samneric is called as one name because they stick together almost always. Later fall victim to Jack's manipulation and are forced to give away Ralph's position.- Littluns: The young boys of the island, probably between the ages four to six. They spend most of the time eating, sleeping, and crying.- Mourice: One of Jack's main hunters- Robert: One of Jack's main hunters- Stanley: One of Jack's main hunters- Naval Officer: Rescues the boys at the end of the book.5. Major settings, with a description of each and its effect on the reader:- Castle Rock: Where Jack and the tribe are at. This showed that there are 2 distinct tribes - this one being the savage side with hunting and rituals, and Ralph's tribe representing the more civilized and mature side.- Mountain Top: The boys thought the beast resided in the mountain top, striking fear into them and forcing them to give an offering of a Pig's head and do rituals. Jack used this to his advantage, by telling the tribe that if they want to hunt the beast, be safe from it, and eat meat, they are more than welcome.- Meeting Area in the Beach: Place where the meetings were help at. The conch was used as a symbol of authority or respect, where it came useful when there was heavy discussion. There was a...

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