Lord Of The Flies
Lord of the Flies
A novel by William Golding
Written in 1954
Setting: WWII on a deserted tropical island
In the midst of a raging war, a plane evacuating a group of English boys from Britain is shot down over a deserted tropical island. Marooned, the boys set about electing a leader and finding a way to be rescued. They choose Ralph as their leader; Ralph appoints Jack as the leader of the hunters. Ralph, Jack, and Simon set off on an expedition to explore the island. When they return, Ralph declares that they must light a signal fire that passing ships might see. The boys begin to do so, using Piggys glasses lens as a means of igniting dead wood. But they are more interested in playing than in paying close attention to their duties, and the fire quickly ignites the forest. A large swath of dead wood burns out of control. One of the youngest boys disappears, presumably having burned to death.
At first, the boys enjoy their life without grownups. The hunters have trouble catching a pig, but Jack becomes increasingly preoccupied with the act of hunting. One day a ship passes by on the horizon, and Ralph
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