Lets Read: Lord of the Flies

Destiny Harvel, Feature Reporter

William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, published in 1954, describes a tale of British schoolboys that have crash landed on an unknown island and are trying to survive without the help of adults. These boys face challenges such as building shelters, hunting for food, and are trying to be rescued.

The first boys to be introduced to the readers are Ralph and Piggy. At the edge of the water they find a conch, which becomes a symbol of order. With the conch they call assemblies and make decisions. The first decision made is who will be in charge. 12 year old Ralph and choir leader Jack compete for the spot but the boys votes conclude that Ralph will be in charge. Jack and the rest of the choir will be the hunters.

As chief, Ralph, tries his hardest to make sure that everyone is taken care of and work is being done. He knows that they have to figure out a way to be rescued and a fire is just the solution. This fire is made in hope to signal a plane for help if one passes by. Jack volunteers him and the other choir boys to be in charge of the fire and to make sure it does not go out.

This becomes a problem though, when Jack is in charge of the fire he goes off to hunt. A plane passes and the fire is out. Their first chance at being rescued is gone and when he begins to relight it, piggy’s glasses are broken. This was their source of lighting the fire and the beginning of many more conflicts.
Another tribe soon forms and is led by Jack. He is able to convince most of the boys to join him. They begin to act like savages, the opposite of what they said they were.

Many struggles, arguments, and problems later, disaster strikes and everything falls to ruins. Ralph is left wondering what to do next. He is faced with life or death situations that change him forever.
While reading this book, readers will witness the underlying message that the author strives to portray. Through tragedy, insanity, and lack of supervision, readers will begin to understand the boys struggle to survive and learn that adults are an important asset to growing up.

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