The Lord Of The Flies

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Lord of the flies Written by: William Golding Setting The story takes place on an inhabited island, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. It must be in the 70's or 80's because the boys are in a choir, but it isn't said which year it really is.

Point of view The story is written, I think, through the omniscient or "all knowing" 3rd person point of view. Also the 1st person point of view is showed when the narrator has become and is writing as one of the characters.

Character Development Ralph- Ralph is probably the most important character in Lord of the Flies. He is twelve years old with blond hair, and is the most charismatic of the group. He is described as being built "like a boxer," and is initially chosen as leader due to his many positive qualities. Throughout the book, Ralph strives for social order among the boys; although, he slowly loses his control over the group as the book progresses.

Excluding Piggy, Ralph is the most responsible member of the boys, for he is concerned throughout the book with keeping the fire on the mountain going, and building huts for shelter.

Simon- Although Simon leaves about halfway through the book, you get a sense of Simon's prophet-like figure. He is intelligent and sensible, and he keeps up the hope that the boys will get rescued even when Ralph doubts it. Some of the other boys on the island find him odd and think that there's something wrong with him. He travels to his peaceful spot in the middle of the jungle on the island often, but also helps Ralph with the building of huts and upkeep of the island. Simon meets the Lord of the Flies, which is represented by the pig skull on the stick...