"The Lord of the Flies" Literary Analysis

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Imagine this: you are running through a deep jungle evading bloodthirsty, ten year old children who only want to torture and kill you in the most malicious of ways. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, depicts the battle in human beings of being civilized and being savage. This battle takes place on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean, where a transport plane crashes and only leaves a group of young, English schoolboys to fend for themselves. As time passes on the island, impulses take over and mass chaos ensues. This book carries an interesting plot, complex characters, as well as themes of civilization and savagery. The general timeline of the story is a short one, but the plot holds many interesting points that can be reflected on through ones self.

In the middle of a war, an airplane evacuating a group of schoolboys from Britain is shot down over the ocean.

The plane crashes onto a small tropical island, and two of the boys, Ralph and Piggy, find each other and discuss what to do. They see a conch shell and Piggy tells Ralph to use the shell as a horn to signal where they are to the other boys. Soon everyone is present and the group decides to elect a leader. Jack, and older boy wants the position, but Ralph is chosen. Ralph, knowing that Jack wanted a position of power, assigns him to lead a group of hunters to get food. Ralph also declares that a signal fire must be made, so the boys quickly go to the central peak on the island and create a fire with the magnification of Piggy's glasses. But because of carelessness in managing the fire, it engulfs the forest and one of the boys is burnt...