Novel: Lord Of The Flies (1954) Author: William Golding (1911-1993) Central Character: Ralph-a blond headed

boy of the age of twelve who is the
appointed leader when stranded on an island. He is one of the older boys on the island and is respected from the start. Ralph represents organization, and tries to keep the group from straying into chaos. Other Characters: Jack a redheaded boy is another leader in the book. He is one of the older boys, and is the leader of the group of hunters. He is respected by most, but he is a meaner and a less caring leader the Ralph. Piggy is an over weight boy with glasses. He is picked on and messed with by many of the boys on the island, but he is probably one of the smarter boys. Piggy is intellectual and a thinker for the boys. Simon is a quite but smart boy. He is the nicest boy of the group, and is one of the more realistic characters. Rodger is a boy that gets increasingly more violent through the book. He has no regret for some of the violent acts he has committed, and is on of the most savage boy in the novel. Setting: The book takes place on a deserted island in which the is a jungle side that has a big rocky mountain. It also take place during a big war. Narrator: The novel is narrated in 3rd person omniscient. The narrator switches between thoughts of the boys through the novel. Summary: Ralph and piggy are on the beach and find a conch shell in which they use to call the others. Jack and his choir arrive, and Ralph is voted leader. The group soon learns how to make a signal fire with Piggy’s glasses. Ralph and Simon try to make a shelter, but can’t because all the boys run off pig hunting. Due to the obsession over hunting the fire goes out and a ship goes by with out seeing them. The littluns are becoming increasingly fearful of the “beast”. After several sightings of the beast jack confirms there is a beast located on the island. As the hunters kill pigs they become increasingly violent and lose control of organization. Simon soon find the pig head on the stick (lord of the flies) and is told that there’s no hope and he will die. Then he stumbles upon the dead parachutist and realizes there is no beast. Still ill he stumbles back to the boys and is mistaken for the beast. Simon is killed and washed off to sea. The savages then raid Ralph’s camp, and take piggy’s glasses for fire. When Ralph confronts Jack Piggy falls to his death, and Ralph is forced to leave. The twins are then forced into the savage group and are made body guards. Ralph returns and the twins tell him of the plan to kill him, so he runs. On the man hunt for Ralph, Jack sets the island on fire in which a naval officer see’s and the boys are saved. Tone: In the novel the authors tone is cruel, tragic, violent, and naïve. Style: Golding’s style of writing has many elements to it. Golding uses many symbols to represent different thing in the novel. He also uses literary elements. Allusion is used when the author gave Simon his name after Simon Peter. He also uses elements such a simile, personification, metaphor, and irony through out the novel. Irony: Irony is used in much of the book. One example of irony is when Simon finds the is no beast and tries to tell the others he is mistaken for the beast and killed. Another example is that the reason the boys are on the island is due to evacuating a war zone, but then all the boys go to war within the group. Finally another example of irony is the piggy’s eye sight is bad but he has the most intelligent insight out of all the boys.

knowledge. but when the fire goes out the hope for rescue fades.Theme: Savagery is deep within every human. . Symbols: In the novel Piggy’s glasses represent insight. The action and story line kept my attention throughout the book. Another symbol is the signal fire. Evaluation: I think this novel was a great book. The fire represents hope. wisdom. The message of the book is important for people to understand so that the events in the book can be avoided in present day society.

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