"The Lord Of The Flies" By , William Golding.

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The Lord of The FliesIn Lord Of The Flies, William Golding used a group of boys stranded on a tropical island to illustrate the how malicious nature of mankind is - if it is let free. Lord of the Flies dealt with changes that the boys underwent as they gradually adapted to the isolated freedom from society. In my opinion, Golding superbly captured the essence of what the thoughts of different types of young children would be if they were to be put on an isolated island. At the start of the story, we were introduced to Piggy and Ralph. These two provided us with a background to their current position. The way that this information was revealed, i.e., through Ralph and Piggy's conversation about the past, appealed to me as a very affective way of providing us with the background information. It not only served its basic purpose, but it also gave us an idea of how well these two people were interacting, and whether if they were getting along or not. Very early in the book, it was stated that Piggy had asthma and thus, he was prohibited from vigorous exercises. Ralph's reaction to this was in a manner that made obvious to me that he got more freedom than Piggy at home and thus, he was probably a more spoiled child too; which was later proved. A quote from this conversation that I believe really defined this whole chapter and gave the story a sense of realism of the situation, was the line that Piggy said, "Nobody don't know we're here." Till this point, the chapter's main purpose was to provide the reader with background information as an introduction to the main plot, and this sentence did the job very well. It also showed traces of fear of not being rescued already developing inside Piggy. Later on, Piggy found a conch shell, which he thought of using like a trumpet to assemble any other kids who may have been lost in the jungle. By hearing the loud trumpet-like noise of the conch when Ralph blew it, many new kids aged around six to eight, referred to as 'littluns', and boys aged ten to twelve, referred to as 'biguns', streamed out of the jungle onto the beach. The last to arrive were the choirboys led by Jack. They were the only kids that had remained fully dressed in their uniform till then.They choir looked so organized that I really had very little to no suspicion of their inner wild sides. However, after a very short intro and description of Jack and choir, it was very clear and evident to me that Jack had complete control over his followers. It was verified in the same chapter that Jack sometimes even enforced the choir to obey the rules that he made. With all the boys present, Ralph was initially chosen as the official leader through an election, much to the cause of his charismatic and "boxer-like" appearance. In my opinion, the election was not fair because it was all being judged upon one's looks. Personally, I think that Piggy deserved the spot because he had far more intellect and gave out more sensible ideas than anybody else did. But...

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