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Lord of the Flies1

The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is an exciting adventure deep into the nether regions of the mind. The part of the brain that is suppressed by the mundanetasks of modern society. It is a struggle between Ralph and Jack, the boys and theBeast, good and evil. Or in the movie, Ralph and Jack.The book and the movie both take a look at what would happen if a group ofBritish school boys were to become stranded on an island. At first the boys have goodintentions, keep a fire going so that a passing ship can see the smoke and rescuethem, however because of the inherent evil of the many the good intentions of thefew are quickly passed over for more exciting things. The killing of a pig slowly beginsto take over the boys life, and they begin to go about this in a ritualistic way,dancing around the dead animal and chanting. As this thirst for blood begins to spreadthe group is split into the “rational (the fire-watchers) pitted against the irrational(the hunters).” The fear of a mythological “beast” is perpetuated by the youngermembers of the groups and they are forced to do something about it. During one ofthe hunters’ celebrations around the kill of an animal a fire-watcher stumbles in to tryand disband the idea of the monster. Caught of in the rabid frenzy of the dance, thisfire-watcher suddenly becomes the monster and is brutally slaughtered by the othermembers of the group. The climax of the novel is when the hunters are confronted bythe fire-watchers. The hunters had stole Piggy’s (one of the fire-watchers) glasses sothat they may have a means of making a cooking fire. One of the more vicioushunters roles a boulder off of a cliff, crushing Piggy, and causing the death of yetanother rational being. The story concludes with the hunters hunting Ralph (the headand last of the fire-watchers). After lighting half of the island on fire in an attempt tosmoke Ralph from his hiding place, they chase him o...

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