"The Lord of the Flies" by Golding. An epic tale that depicts the different facets of the human spirit

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The adventure novel, The Lord of the Flies, was an epic tale that depicted the different

facets of the human spirit. It was written by William Golding in the 1950's and recieved

many awards. Idt was declared the "Outstanding Novel of the Year" by E.M. Forrester.

The author did in no wat mean for this story to be biographical, but Mr. Golding depicted

well the many different aspect of human nature. The book has been described as

"provacative, vivid and enthralling," but Time and Tide said it best when they wrote, "It is

not only a first-rate adventure story but a parable of our times."

The novel took place on an island probably somewhere in the middle of the

Atlantic. This can be inferred because of the fact that the boys are British and that they

arrived on the island by way of a plane cradsh. The story also occurred during wartime.

The story begins when a group of British boys crash on an uninhabited island. In

the beginning they area all unruly and unmorginized. Finally, a boy by the nakme of Ralph

decides to take charge and call a meeting. The boys declare him "chief" and then begin to

follow his lead. Ralph is also assisted by another lad by the name of Piggy. The group of

boys were getting along fine until Jack Merridew, a boy who wanted to be "chief" instead,

decided to go his own way. He disobeyed Ralph and did things his own way. He was to

preoccupied witdh his own whims to do the act that was most important on the island,

which was to keep the signal going so they could be rescued. Finally, Jack went against

Ralph and declared that if any of the other boys wanted to have "fun," which...