During a war an airplane carrying Britishboys crashes in the Pacific. All the boys the pilot who was the only grownup among them. Ralph, a handsome boy with fairhair and whose father works in the English military, is the first to beintroduced in the story.
Along with Ralph is Piggy. Piggy is a chubby, shortboy who wears glasses and has asthma. Ralph finds a conch shell in the sea and uses it as a trumpet to callthe remaining survivors from the crash site.
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Throughout the book, the conch isused as a symbol of civilization, order, and power. When he blows the conch hestarts seeing presence of life on the beach. The first boy who follows thesound of the conch is Johnny, then the twins, then few younger boys, and, atlast, Jack, who is accompanied by his choir. They ask for a chief and they all voted forRalph to be their leader. Ralph, being in charge now, choses Jack to be theleader of the hunting group. Then Ralph chooses Simon and Jack to go with himto explore the island.
During their expedition they climbed a mountain, wherethey realized that they are on deserted island. They decided to go down themountain and go back to the other boys. On their way they finda pig and Jack boldly decides to kill it, but he hesitates and the pig runsaway. Blowing the conch, Ralph calls an assembly.He talks about having a signal fire so the ships passing by could notice thesmoke and could come to rescue them. A young boy with a huge birth mark on hisface is pushed forward by the littuns to talk for them.
He asked Ralph, “What areyou going to do about the snake thing, it was a beastie.” Ralph tells them thatthere is no such thing as the beastie. The rest of the boyswere already overwhelmed because of the fire, so they all start shouting “fire,fire, fire” and Jack led them into the woody partof the island. They make fire using Piggy’s glasses, but soon the fire becomesuncontrollable and burns many tress. The littlun with the large birth markvanishes that night, no one knows what happened to him.
Jack becomes very jealous of Ralph having allthe authority, so he tries to tell the other boys that they should spend mostof their energy in hunting rather than maintaining the signal fire. One of theboys helps Ralph to make huts where they could be safe during storms and rain.Jack takes all the older boys, including those who should be maintaining thefire with him for hunting. While Jack and his hunters are in the junglehunting, a ship passes by the island, but the fire is already out. This makeRalph very angry.
When Jack returns with his hunters, Ralph starts shouting atthem, and so does Piggy. Jack, who is not liking Piggy and Ralph, loses histemper and hits Piggy in his stomach nd breaks one of the lenses in hisglasses. The hatred towards Ralph is growing in Jacks mind like a wild flower.No one needs to water it or take care of it, the wild itself is helping in itsgrowth.Ralph calls a meeting trying to seteverything right. The meeting becomes chaotic when some of the boys starttalking about some sort of beast. The previous night when everyone was sleeping,there was an air battle far away one of the dead parachutists landed on theisland, the boys who were on fire duty thought it was some kind of beast.
When the littluns heard about the beast theystarted having nightmares every other night. Seeing this, Ralph decides thatall the older boys except for Piggy will go into the jungle to kill the beast.They searched everywhere but they did not find anything. They came across adark cave and because it was night time and most of the boys did not want to gothere and search, Ralph decides that he will go alone. Soon after Jackaccompanies him. When they went to the cave, which is located on a mountain,they see the shadow of the dead parachutist, and they misunderstood it with abeast. They felt frightened and start to run away.
Though Ralph explains toPiggy the mysterious dark thing which he saw in the cave but Piggy remaineddoubtful. The very next morning Jack opposes Ralph’spower and he asks all those who are in his favor to raise their hands, but noone does. Ralph remained their chief. Jack got angry and he leaves the group. Saying,”Those who want to hunt and have fun can follow me.” Soon enough, Ralph was left only with thetwins and Piggy. All the older boys joined Jack.
Jack leads his hunters to “CastleRock” (which is on the other side of the island) and they all settle there.Jack paints his hunters in color, “Behind which they hid,liberated from shame and self-consciousness.” (4:34) They became savages.
Jackdecides that he will throw a feast with the meat which they will hunt, and hewill invite Ralph and the other boys to join his tribe. Some of Jack’s hunters are very afraid of thebeast, but Jack tells them to forget about the beast (8:168). The savages gointo the forest and kill a pig, and Jack decides that he will leave the head ofthe pig on a stick as an offering to the beast so that he do not come out tofeed on his hunters. WF1Form;-1 WF2Wrongword; but*; -1 WF3Adda word; died* WF4Addindention; -1 WF5Remove;-1