Lord of the Flies: Defects of Society Due to Nature of Individuals
The venturesome novel, Lord of the Flies, is an enchanting, audacious account that depicts the defects of society as the incorrigible nature of individuals when they are immature and without an overlooking authority. The author of the novel, William Golding, was born in Britain, which accounts for the English, cultured characters in the novel. After studying science at Oxford
University for two years, he changed his emphasis as a major to English literature. When World War II broke out in 1939, Golding served in the Royal
Navy for five years. The atrocities he witnessed changed his view about mankind's essential nature. He came to believe that there was a …show more content…
The group elects Ralph as their leader. When the conch calls again, they talk about a small boy's fear of a snakelike beast in the woods. Is there really such a beast? The boys can not agree. Ralph convinces everyone that they need a fire for a signal in case a ship passes the island, but the boys find it hard work keeping the fire going.
Jack decides he no longer wants to be part of Ralph's group because he would rather hunt than worry about keeping the fire burning. He leaves with everyone except Ralph, Piggy, Sam, Eric, and Simon. In spite of their growing terror of the imagined beast, Jack leads his hunters into the jungle for the slaying of pigs. They place a pig's head on a stake, much like a primitive offering to the unknown beast. Then Simon wanders into the woods alone, has a seizure, and talks to the pig's head. In Simon's hallucination the head becomes the "Lord of the Flies". Then Simon, terrified and sickened, starts back to where the other boys are to tell them that the beast is a dead man who parachuted onto the island. When Simon appears, the boys kill him, mistaking him for the beast. The next night Jack and two hunters attack Ralph and Piggy and steal Piggy's glasses.
Piggy and Ralph go to Jack to get back Piggy's