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"The Lord Of The Flies" Literary Analysis

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Imagine this: you are running through a deep jungle evading bloodthirsty, ten year old children who only want to torture and kill you in the most malicious of ways. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, depicts the battle in human beings of being civilized and being savage. This battle takes place on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean, where a transport plane crashes and only leaves a group of young, English schoolboys to fend for themselves. As time passes on the island, impulses take over and mass chaos ensues. This book carries an interesting plot, complex characters, as well as themes of civilization and savagery. The general timeline of the story is a short one, but the plot holds many interesting points that can be reflected on through ones self.In the middle of a war, an airplane evacuating a group of schoolboys from Britain is shot down over the ocean. The plane crashes onto a small tropical island, and two of the boys, Ralph and Piggy, find each other and discuss what to do. They see a conch shell and Piggy tells Ralph to use the shell as a horn to signal where they are to the other boys. Soon everyone is present and the group decides to elect a leader. Jack, and older boy wants the position, but Ralph is chosen. Ralph, knowing that Jack wanted a position of power, assigns him to lead a group of hunters to get food. Ralph also declares that a signal fire must be made, so the boys quickly go to the central peak on the island and create a fire with the magnification of Piggy's glasses. But because of carelessness in managing the fire, it engulfs the forest and one of the boys is burnt to death. As time goes on, Ralph makes it clear that the signal fire must be maintained and huts must be made. Jack and his group of hunters volunteer to maintain the fire, but most of the boys would rather play than build shelters. Ralph and Simon, a friendly, nature-loving boy, start building the huts for the group. After, Ralph spots a ship, but there is no signal fire. The group is called with the conch shell and Ralph scolds Jack for not maintaining the fire, but Jack pays nearly no attention because he has just made his first kill and is put in a trance-like state. By then, some of the boys have been plagued with nightmares and one boy claims to have seen a monster on the island, scaring the rest of the group. Jack and Ralph try and restore order and the group goes to sleep. While asleep, an air battle takes place over the island and a pilot parachutes down, dead, landing on the signal fire mountain with the parachute intact. Sam and Eric, twins, go to the mountain to tend the fire and see a shadowy ape-like figure (the pilot) and run back to camp, claiming they have been attacked. This frightens the others, while Ralph and Jack still try to calm them down, but Jack, seeing the weakness of the group at that point states that he and his group of hunters will kill the beast "if" exists, manipulating the group to see Jack as superior. The boys...

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