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William Golding's The Lord Of The Flies

2034 words - 9 pages

Kelly Kerrigan
Ryan Strunz
English IV
22 May 2014

The Lord of the Flies

The Lord of the Flies was written by William Golding, and the book was copywrited in 1954. William Golding is a renowned English novelist, playwright, and poet of over 62 works. Some of his more famous works include; The Inheritors, Darkness Visible, The Spire, Pincher Martin, and many others. In 1983 William Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for The Lord of the Flies. Before winning the Nobel Prize in Literature for The Lord of the Flies, Golding won the Booker Prize in literature for his novel Rites of Passage, book number one of the To the Ends of the Earth trilogy. Golding was one of the few writers to be inducted into the Royal Society of Literature. Queen Elizabeth II knighted Golding in 1988 for his great accomplishments in literature. William Golding was one of the greatest British writers.
The Lord of the Flies takes place on a deserted island in the late 1950's. A plane full of adolescent boys is shot down during a war, and the plane crashes onto a deserted island. The first characters met in the story are Ralph and Piggy. They soon realize that they are deserted on an island with no adults. At first Ralph finds it exhilarating to have no adult supervision, he even decides to have fun and goes swimming. He has fun until Piggy reminds him that they are stuck on an island and may not be saved. Piggy and Ralph then set to find other survivors. The two boys find a conch shell and decide to use it as a signal for other. Soon after Ralph and Piggy blow on the conch shell, many other boys find their way to the beach. The group of young boys decide they need to form some sort of society. They vote that one of the older boys should be the leader of the group. Right away Ralph wants to claim the leadership position. Another older boy, Jack, try's to fight to be leader, but the younger boys choose Ralph. Jack is outraged when he is not selected as leader, and he starts to resent Ralph for it. The tension between jack and Ralph starts to create many conflicts later on in the novel.
After Ralph is selected as leader, he divides the boys into groups based of their abilities. He has some of the younger boys create shelters and explore the island, even though many of the kids only want to play. Ralph assigns Jack to be the leader of the hunting party. Jack, along with some of the other older boys start on their first hunt and find a pig. Jack is unable to bring himself to kill the pig. After the pig escapes Jack vows to not let another one go. This leads to Jack losing his morals of murder. Jack no longer has a problem killing any animal.
Many of the young children hear noises and have nightmares of a "beastie" that they believe will kill them. This sets Jack in a frenzy to find and kill the beast. Jack believes that the boys should spend their time hunting, where as Ralph believes the boys should work on building shelters and a signal fire. Jack eventually...

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