"The Lord Of The Flies" By Golding. An Epic Tale That Depicts The Different Facets Of The Human Spirit

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The adventure novel, The Lord of the Flies, was an epic tale that depicted the differentfacets of the human spirit. It was written by William Golding in the 1950's and recievedmany awards. Idt 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 depictedwell 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 isnot 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 theAtlantic. This can be inferred because of the fact that the boys are British and that theyarrived 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. Inthe beginning they area all unruly and unmorginized. Finally, a boy by the nakme of Ralphdecides to take charge and call a meeting. The boys declare him "chief" and then begin tofollow his lead. Ralph is also assisted by another lad by the name of Piggy. The group ofboys 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 topreoccupied 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 againstRalph and declared that if any of the other boys wanted to have "fun," which meant actinglike savages, that they should follow him. The boys splot up into two groups and thenhavoc insued. Jacks group went around hunting and being barbaric while the others triedto get rescued. In the end Jack had gotten all the boys except Ralph to run around lokewild animals. Then when Jack got tired of dealing with Ralph, he convinced wveryone totry and kill him. By then however, a navy ship had come an they could never get aroundto the nasty deed.There was more than one antagonist in the story, The Lord of the Flies. Theywere 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 onewho tdook charge of the group okf boys and called them to order. He tried to organize astrategy dto get off the island and make all the boys understand why it was he was doingwhat he was doing. Piggy was basically Ralph's "right-hand" man. He was probably themkore natural leader, but since he did not possess the confidence to stand up alone, he didall he wanted to do "through" Ralph. These boys were the antagonists because theydesperately tried to get off the island and tried not to let anyone or anything get in theirway.The antagonist in the story in the story was Jack Merridew. He was the boy in thestory who openly showed his dislike for the procedures Ralph was taking...

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