Plot of Lord of the Flies. William Golding. Golding’s first and most successful novel, Lord of the Flies, was published in England in 1954 but its popularity was not established until five years later when it appeared in paperback. William Golding.
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Plot of Lord of the Flies
Information about Lord of the Flies
Ralph=common sense, and responsibility
Jack=immediate gratification and irresponsible authority
Simon=mystic, Religious side of man. Understands good and evil but no communication.
Samneric=incapable of acting independently. They represent loss of identity through fear of the beast.
Dead parachutist= the “sign,” evil developing on the island
Each of the characters represents a part of man.
law and order. The shell looses authority as anarchy grows. The conch fades in color and power. It’s power is broken with the “fall of piggy.”
Lord of the Flies
Refers to the head of the pig which Jack has left as an offering to the “beast.” Literal translation of the “Beelzebub,” prince of demons. Symbolizes man’s capacity for evil
represent the desire to preserve civilization; when Jack gains power they move into caves like the animals they have become.
its use divides civilization from savagery. Ralph uses it for hope; Jack for cooking. It is Jack’s group that allows the fire (hope) to go out
They signify man’s ability to perceive, to think. That thought can be misused for destructive purpose is shown when Piggy’s glasses are used to smoke Ralph out.
Night and Darkness
an archetypal symbol of evil, “the powers of darkness.” The boys would have recognized the chutist in the daylight, as would they have Simon. The beast is more real at night
The paint helps the boys hide from their own consciences, turning them into anonymous savages who are freed from the restraints of “civilized” behavior.
Stick sharpened on both ends
Represents how much evil has taken the boys over. First it was used to offer the beast the pig sacrifice; next to offer it Ralph’s.
Jack, chief representative of evil in the novel, is too inhibited by society’s teachings to teachings to slay the piglet the first day, he later progresses to exhilaration in his first kill.
An equivalent on the island of Lost would be all of the random crashes that take place. Neither of these islands are completely lost, but have been found is some way by people crashing on them.