LORD OF THE FLIES SUMMARY & STUDY GUIDE

Lord of the Flieswas written by William Golding in 1954. When Lord of the Flies opens, a plane carrying a group of British boys ages 6 lớn 12 has crashed on a deserted islvà in the Pacific Ocean. Oops. (Also, apparently the world is at war. This matters.) With no adults around, the boys are left khổng lồ fover for and govern themselves. Things start out okay. The boys use a conch shell as a talking stick, & Ralph, one of the older boys, becomes "chief."

And then trouble begins. They"re afraid of a "beast" somewhere on the isl&, and then they decide to build a signal fire using the glasses of a boy named Piggy (who is a portly fellow, và also the most loyal frikết thúc khổng lồ Ralph). But Jaông xã, jealous of Ralph"s power, decides the boys should devote their energies lớn hunting food (namely pigs) instead of maintaining the fire. The longer they"re on the islvà, the more savage he becomes. Meanwhile, our other key player, a wise và philosophical boy named Simon, works with Ralph to build shelters.

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Eventually, these latent conflicts become not so latent, và the boys who are supposed lớn be tending the fire skip out on their duties lớn kill a pig. The blood and gore of the hunt is all very exciting until they realize that, while they were out being bloodthirsty boys, the fire went out and a ship passed by without noticing them. Jack has also managed khổng lồ punch Piggy in the face and break one lens of his glasses. Not good.

Right about this time a dead man attached khổng lồ a parachute blows in Mary-Poppins-style to lớn the isl&. The mysterious parachuting creature is mistaken for the beast, and the boys begin a massive hunt to lớn kill it. Only Simon (&, let"s face it, the audience) is skeptical, believing instead they"re really just afraid of themselves. He goes off inkhổng lồ the woods khổng lồ contemplate the situation while Jaông chồng & Ralph ascover the mountain và find the beast—but don"t stiông xã around long enough to see that it is in fact only a dead man.

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Back in the group, Jachồng decides Ralph shouldn"t be chief anymore. He secedes và invites whoever wants khổng lồ come with hyên & kill things (lượt thích more pigs, & maybe some people if they feel lượt thích it). Most of the older kids go with hyên, & Sitháng, hiding, watches Jack & Co. hunt a pig. This time, they slaughter a fat mother pig (in a scene described somewhat as a rape), cut off her head, và jam it onkhổng lồ a stiông chồng in the ground. Nice.


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Simon stares at the head, which he calls "the Lord of the Flies" as it tells hyên (he"s hallucinating, by the way) that it is the beast và that it is part of hyên (Simon). Simon passes out, gets a bloody nose, & wakes up covered in sweat, blood, và other generally disgusting things. Despite all this, he decides to continue up the mountain to face the beast, i.e. dead guy. Then he vomits and staggers down the mountain.

By now, Ralph và Piggy (both rather ravenous) are attending (with all the other boys) a big feast/buổi tiệc nhỏ that Jack (decorated like an idol) is throwing. It"s all a frenzied reenactment of the pig hunt until Sitháng, still bloody, sweaty, and covered in puke, stumbles down into the center of the crazed boys. He tries to tell them about the beast, but he is unrecognizable & the boys jab at hyên ổn with their spears until he"s dead. Oops. Simon"s body is washed out lớn sea that night, & the wind carries off the toàn thân of the dead parachuting man, while Ralph và Piggy convince themselves they didn"t take part in murdering Sitháng.

It"s all downhill from here. Jack"s crew attacks Ralph & Piggy & steals Piggy"s eyeglasses lớn make fire on their own. When Ralph & Piggy decide to calmly talk it out with the "savages," Roger pushes a huge boulder off a cliff, killing Piggy. Ralph ends up running for his life, finds out that there"s a head-on-stiông chồng future planned for hyên, and at last makes it lớn the shore of the island where he runs into… an officer of the British Navy. The boys are rescued from their moông xã war, but we"re left with the image of the Navy"s "tryên ổn cruiser" from the real war of the adults.