Lord Of The Flies

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Lord of the FliesLord of the Flies is a novel about what might happen if a group of kids are stranded on a deserted island. The kids in the book turn into savages. They become bloodthirsty and they acquire the instinct to kill. However, that?s just one of the two groups on the island. The other group, which was a lot smaller, was a more civilized group that was determined and had hope that they would soon be rescued. This group was lead by Ralph.

Ralph was the original leader of all the kids on the island before they got separated. Ralph was the ?good-guy? in the book. He had hope that they would be rescued. Ralph didn?t turn savage and kept his will as a normal, civilized human being. Ralph?s only companions in the book were Piggy and Simon. This shows how unpopular the non-savage group was. However, these 3 were the only people on the island that had some common sense and didn?t turn into a bunch of animals.

Towards the beginning of the book, Ralph comes up with the idea that they should have a fire to be a signal to helicopters/airplanes that there were people stranded on the island. The fire needed to be watched constantly so it wouldn?t be blown out. A couple days after the fire was set, Ralph saw a helicopter pass by. Ralph thought they were saved because the helicopter couldn?t have missed the fire they made. However, it turns out that the kids that were supposed to be watching the fire went hunting with Jack. This makes Ralph very angry because they didn?t follow the rules, and also they could?ve been saved. At this point of the book, the island gets separated into Jack and Ralph?s group.

It was obvious that Ralph was smarter than Jack was. Ralph was a born leader that was fair to everyone and always had a positive attitude. He laid down the rules and tried to organize a society where everyone can live and cooperate with each other.

Ralph and Piggy agreed with each other ideas most of the time. However Ralph doesn?t realize how important Piggy was until the end of the novel.

Piggy was the fat boy in the book with glasses. He was smart, but he was also picked-on because he was over-weight. Piggy was Ralph?s loyal follower. He followed Ralph and always stuck right by his side because Piggy was smart and he knew that Ralph was making the right decisions. Piggy was the smartest on the island. When Piggy had the conch, no one really listened to what he had to say and just made fun of him because they thought he was a fat idiot. However, what Piggy had to say was some of the important things everyone needed to know to survive.

Piggy is much like Ralph in that he knows right from wrong. He was always supporting Ralph and stuck right by his side. For example, Ralph thought of the idea about the fire, and Piggy knew it was a good idea, so he agreed immediately and tried to convince everyone else to help keep the fire alive. Piggy and Ralph knew they were going to be saved, so they stayed away from Jack and his savage group. Jack?s group yelled and screamed and had paint on their faces like beasts. Piggy was more civilized than that so he stuck with Ralph. However, Piggy gets killed by Jack and his group. When Piggy tries to talk to Jack to give him back his glasses, Jack?s group drops a big stone on Piggy?s head and Piggy dies instantly.

Simon was the small, skinny kid in the book. He was shy and mysterious and never really had much to say. He always found it hard to speak in front of everyone and had a hard time getting along with the other kids. He often does and says strange things when he?s by himself.

Simon was the only one in the book who truly saw who the ?beast? (the man in the parachute) was. When he tries to tell the rest of the children on the island, he gets beaten to death because it was dark and everyone mistakes him for the beast.