Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Setting

The story takes place on an island somewhere
in the ocean. The island is described by the author as tropical and boat
shaped. Along the coast there are sandy beaches followed by a variety of
vegetation and "creepers". There are also the orchards, which rise up to
the treeless and rocky and rugged mountain ridge which extends out of the
ocean. Judging from the predicament and dialogue in this story the date
in which it takes place is probably the mid 1900's during World War II.

The mood created in this story is very
complex and rapidly changing. It changes from that of a scary, recessive
mood to a light, and cheery one. The way in which the story is written
the mood can change literally from chapter to chapter. In the beginning
it starts out light and happy and as the novel progresses and the boys
start to battle, it starts to become dark and savage.

Characters

Jack is red-headed and thin he is also
introduced as the leader of the boys' choir. To his dismay he loses the
election for leader and he becomes the head hunter and is also in charge
of maintaining the signal fire. As the story progresses he and his hunters
begin to "slack-off" and abandon their duties in caring for the fire. In
the end Jack and his hunters leave Ralph and start their own tribe on the
rocky side of the island.

Ralph is a tall, blond and is one of the
oldest boys on the island. In the beginning of the story he is pictured
as the leader of the boys when he blows the conch shell to call the first
assembly. During the course of the story he tries to maintain the structure
of their civilization and is continually forced to compete with Jack for
approval from the boys.

Piggy is a fat, asthmatic boy with bad
vision. Throughout the story his weaknesses are preyed upon by the other
boys much like that of the "pigs" on the island, thus the name. But despite
his appearance, Ralph begins to depend upon Piggy for intellectual and
spiritual guidance. Do to his vision, Piggy had unusually thick glasses,
which was a benefit to the others on the island, and aided in the lighting
of the signal fire and in the roasting of the pigs.

Simon was a skinny, silent boy with black
hair. He was neither liked nor hated and was abnormally silent throughout
the story. The way he is portrayed in the story it is as if he were always
contemplating life and his situation on the island. Aside from thinking,

Simon also does the necessary chores and obeys all commands from his superiors.

Exposition

The story starts with a large group of
boys crawl on to the beach of a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific

Ocean. Their plane was been shot down, and World War II has begun to take
place. The boys figure that civilization, as they know it, may no longer
exist.

Ralph is elected as the leader of the group
and Jack decides to be the hunter and provide food for the group. The boys
explore the island. They find that it is hard to believe that they're really
on their own but their adventuring proves their suspicion. While adventuring

Jack's first try at slaying a wild boar fails.

Rising Action

Another assembly is had and they talk
about the need for hunters. One of the smaller boys, says he fears a horrid
beast that he saw in the vast jungle. The fear of the beast, of the dark,
and of what is unknown about the island begins to affect the boys' ways
of thinking. Ralph makes an executive decision and convinces everyone that
they need a signal fire to aid in their being rescued. Starting a fire
is impossible until they use Piggy's glasses, they are so thick they act
as a magnifying glass, igniting the tinder. To Ralph's dismay the boys
begin to abandon the fire to play, finding it hard work keeping the fire
going.

Their fears of the terrifying beast grow
worse when the twins, Sam and Eric, see the beast once again. This is when

Simon takes into affect his method of thinking, suggesting that the beast
is not a physical beast but a beast in their heads, a figment of their
imagination.. Jack and Ralph laugh at Simon's claims and lead an exploration
to the rocky cliffs. Upon returning they were convinced, there was a beast
on their island.

It is at this time that the inevitable
occurs,