Lord of the Flies

The Lord of the Flies by William Golding Published by: The Putnam Publishing Group 200

Madison Avenue New

York, NY 10016 Copyright: 1954 by William Golding Character Analysis: Ralph: main

character- Ralph is the

narrator of the story. Jack: Jack is Ralph main enemy in the story. He leads the hunters.

Piggy: Piggy is the smart

one of the group. Simon: He is my favorite character in the story. He is viewed as the

Christ-figure and interprets

the mysteries of the island. Roger: Roger is Jack?s "sidekick" and is a vicious murderer at

heart. Sam and Eric: The

twins stick close to Ralph until they are forced to join the hunters. Their main job is to

watch the signal fire. The

littluns: The littluns are basically the younger boys and ride the bandwagon. The two boys

Ralph and Piggy meet

each other in a thick jungle and discover that they crashed in an airplane and are stranded.

They also learn that there

are no adults present on the island and that none of the adults survived the crash. As they

approach a beach, they

find an enormous conch shell. Piggy gives the conch a little toot and summons the rest of

the boys on the island to

the beach. The boys assemble and elect Ralph as the leader. Ralph then assigns the Choir,

led by Jack, to be the

hunters. Then Jack, Ralph, and Simon set out to explore the island. Near the end of their

journey, they encounter a

wild pig. Jack tries to kill it, but is unsuccessful. When the explorers get back, a meeting is

held. The explorers

explain that the island is deserted but there is enough food to keep them alive. Jack and

the hunters promise to

supply meat. Ralph makes a rule that whoever is in possession of the conch shell is

allowed to speak. Ralph

proposes the idea of a signal fire to alert passing ships of their presence. All the boys

agree and everybody rushes

to the hilltop to start a fire. The fire sparks the gathered wood into a blaze. One of the

boys is reported missing but

none of the boys will admit to the likelihood of an accident. Everyone is hard at work the

next day, either building

huts or hunting. Soon the younger boys loose interest and go off to play. A meeting is

called and the boys come up

with some new ideas and talk about problems. Meanwhile jack wanders off and enjoys

the peace and quiet. Soon

the boys get into a rhythm of everyday life. In the morning is the best time for activity

because it is cool and quiet.

Afternoons are associated with napping. Some of the littluns are suffering from diarrhea

from eating too much fruit.

While Ralph and Piggy sit on the beach they notice a ship on the horizon, and are horrified

to see that the signal fire

has gone out. The boys rush to the hilltop to try to get it going again but it is too late. Jack

and the hunters who were

in charge of the fire were nowhere to be found. Ralph scolds Jack about the fire and he

apologizes though he does

not really care. Another meeting is called at the familiar place and Ralph reprimands them

about their

irresponsibility. Then the subject of the so called "beast" comes up. Ralph and Piggy try to

give an explanation but it

has no effect. Eventually chaos spreads though the crowd and the run off led by Jack, and

Ralph is thoroughly

agitated. That night, an air battle is going on and a dead pilot, with a parachute, lands next

to the signal fire where

Sam and Eric have fallen asleep. They are awakened and are terrified by the shadows and

the body. The twins

scramble down to the beach where a group has assembled, and they tell the story with

farfetched details. A team of

explorers is sent to investigate. They discover new land and plan what they will do with it,

but Ralph reminds them

of their mission and they continue. As they approach the hilltop, Jack accuses Ralph of

being chicken and starts up

by himself. They are frightened by what they see and spread even more panic with their

report. Jack decides to

hold a meeting and announces the threat of the beast and take a vote to overthrow Ralph.

Nobody else agrees and

Jack runs off alone in embarrassment. Soon the fire is rebuilt and Ralph notices