A group of private school boys are crossing the ocean on a plane (possible evacuation from England during WWII), and the plane crashes. None of the adults on the plane survive. Ralph befriends Piggy. The boys find a conch shell; when Ralph blows in it, other survivors (ranging from about... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
A group of private school boys are crossing the ocean on a plane (possible evacuation from England during WWII), and the plane crashes. None of the adults on the plane survive. Ralph befriends Piggy. The boys find a conch shell; when Ralph blows in it, other survivors (ranging from about 6-12 years of age) follow the source of the sound and gather. The children vote for Ralph as the leader and Ralph deems Jack (head of the choir group) as the head hunter.
Jack's power as hunter manifests within him, and the more violent or fearful children join Jack's clan. Ralph prefers democratic rule but is overpowered by Jack's violence. Jack's first priority is food and the kill while Ralph wants to maintain smoke signals for possible rescue. When Jack steals Piggy's glasses (fire-starter), Ralph realizes his own chance of survival is severely diminished.
Eventually, Jack gains the most power on the island; he and his hunters make Ralph his prey. The boys set the island on fire trying to capture him. When they are rescued by a Naval Officer who sees the island on fire, the boys become children once more but must live with the consequences of their power struggles.
“Maybe there is a beast...maybe it's only us.”Simon
“Sucks to your ass-mar.”Ralph
“Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law.”
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy.”
“Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Bash him in!”
“Life...is scientific....I know there isn't no beast...but I know there isn't no fear, either....Unless we get frightened of people.”Piggy
“A stick sharpened at both ends. . .”Ralph
“I painted my face--I stole up. Now you eat--all of you--and I--”Jack Merridew
“This head is for the beast. It's a gift.”Jack Merridew
“You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close! I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?”Lord of the Flies
“"Because rules are all we've got."”Ralph
“This belongs to us.”Ralph
“"Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!””Lord of the Flies
“We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything.'"”Jack Merridew
“Have you got any matches”Lord of the Flies
1. The Sound of the Shell
2. Fire on the Mountain
3. Huts on the Beach
4. Painted faces and Long Hair
5. Beast from Water
6. Beast from Air
7. Shadows and Tall Trees
8. Gift for the Darkness
9. A View to a Death
10. The Shell and the Glasses
11. Castle Rock
12. Cry of the Hunters
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