Although it was not a great success at the time—selling fewer than three thousand copies in the United States during before going out of print—it soon went on to become a best-seller. It has been adapted to film twice in English, in by Peter Brook and by Harry Hookand once in Filipino
Two boys, Ralph and Piggy, meet near a lagoon, and Ralph finds a conch shell while swimming. At the urging of Piggy, Ralph blows into the conch, summoning the other boys. Once everyone is assembled, they decide to hold an election.
Ralph becomes chief due to his age, charisma, and role as the blower of the conch. Jack Merridew, who also sought leadership, is appointed to turn his group of choir boys into an army of hunters.
The older boys—such as Ralph, Piggy, Jack, and Simon —perform the majority of the work, whereas the younger boys "littluns" prefer to play. After exploring the island, Ralph decides that the boys should try to build a fire in order to signal passing ships. The first attempt ends in disaster.
However, Jack becomes increasingly obsessed with hunting, to the point of donning face paintneglecting the fire, and squandering a potential rescue in favor of killing a pig. Ralph and Piggy scold Jack, who proceeds to hit Piggy, breaking one of the lenses of his glasses.
One night, while the boys are sleeping, the corpse of a parachutist lands on the mountain where the boys make their signal fire. Samneric mistake the corpse of the parachutist for the beast.
Ralph, Jack, and Roger search for the beast and investigate a new part of the island, with Jack noting its potential as a fortress. They climb the mountain and find the corpse of the parachutist, but they all flee in terror, believing it to be the littluns' beast.
However, the boys refuse to vote Ralph out of office, so Jack, in tears, leaves the group. Meanwhile, Jack and his hunters decide to hunt and cook a pig in an effort to tempt the rest of the boys over to their side.
After brutally slaughtering a nursing sow, they mount its head on a stick as an offering to the beast. Simon, who is epileptic, suffers a seizure. After waking up, he climbs the mountain to investigate the alleged beast himself and discovers the corpse of the parachutist.
He rushes back to tell the other boys what he has discovered. Ralph and Jack argue again about priorities, but the majority of the boys side with Jack this time. When a storm rolls in, Ralph stresses the need for shelters, but Jack distracts the boys by telling them to huddle together for a dance.
As the dancing grows wilder, Simon, exhausted, emerges from the trees. The frenzied boys mistake Simon for the beast and beat him to death before he gets the chance to tell them the truth about the beast.
Ralph tries to assert the power of the conch, but it no longer holds sway with the other boys. Piggy appeals to their sense of morality, but they continue to side with Jack.
As the hunters prepare to attack Ralph and Piggy, Roger rolls a boulder down the side of the mountain, knocking Piggy to his death and shattering the conch. Samneric are captured, and Ralph flees for his life. He knocks it off its stick, cracking it in two and widening its morbid smile. Ralph hides nearby for the night.
At dawn, as the hunters pursue Ralph, they set the forest on fire in order to flush him out of hiding. Just as the hunters close in on Ralph at the beach, a naval officer, drawn to the island by the forest fire, appears. The boys, including Ralph, burst into tears, recognizing the depravity to which they have descended and the tragedies they have wrought.The Lord of the Flies by William Golding - review 'If you like your books to have gripping and believable characters with a plot second to none, then Lord of the Flies is for you' Aiman.A.
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Lit. Guides. Lit. Terms. Shakespeare. Translations. Civilized and savage blame each other for the subconscious fear they both feel. LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding Concept/Vocabulary Analysis Literary Text: Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Penguin Publishing) Lord of the Flies explores differences in organizational behavior, peer management, Jack elects himself chief and orders the other around, delegating through fear.
Golding suggests that fear—of either the known or the unknown—is the most destructive human emotion. In Lord of the Flies, fear becomes paralyzing and unbeatable when the boys realize that there's nothing to be afraid of except fear.
- Analysis of Lord of the Flies by William Golding William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is a sordid tale about a group of kids who are stranded on a deserted island after their plane crashes.
The story is set during the Atomic War and plenty of references are made to the fact.