The novel “Lord of the Flies” starts off with a plane being
shot down from the sky. The plane was carrying a class of schoolboys. The plane crashes down on a
tropical island in the middle of the ocean leaving the boys all alone for several
days with no parental supervision. They need to establish a leader so the quickly take a vote to determine a one.
They elect a boy named Ralph. Ralph immediately tries to start a civilization with
the boys by having frequent assemblies and votes that will enforce rules just
like the law. The boys were assigned different jobs that Ralph thought would be
key to the boys’ survival on the island like making fire, shelter, and hunting
for food. As time went on the boys started to lose all civilization which leads to the loss
of their innocents. The boys think that they are not alone on the island as they believe there is a beast with them. In reality, it is their minds playing games with
them. A boy named Jack who is desperate for the leadership role sees that the
boys are frightened by the beast and takes over Ralphs position. Jack starts
his own tribe so that he could have full
power. The tribe starts out small because
most of the boys are still with Ralph. However,
as the “beast” keeps scaring the boys they quickly join Jacks tribe due to his savagery.
Unlike Ralph a very civilized boy, Jacks
personality is savage and barbaric which makes the boys feel safer. By
the end of the book, two of the boys have
been murdered, and Ralph is all alone hiding
from the rest of the boys trying to kill him.

 

 

Conflict #1

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              One of
the conflicts in the book is between Piggy and Jack. The boys need to start a
fire, and Jack has a brilliant idea of using
Piggy’s glasses to start one. The conflict begins
when Jack snatches Piggy’s glasses off to start the fire. Piggy tells Jack “Give
’em back! I can hardly see.” pg.40 Piggy does not like Jack bullying him, but
he can’t see so he can’t do anything. After breaking one of the lenses, Jack gives Piggy’s glasses back. This incident
helps Piggy realize a few things. He starts to dislike Jack even more then he already did, and he realizes that Jack
is a bully. He understands that Jack does not care about him or his feelings. After the conflict Piggy gains more confidence and
starts to stand up for himself more often rather than be picked on and do
nothing about it. An example of this is when Piggy gets his glasses take
again at the end of the book. Instead of him letting them keep his glasses, he
goes to Jack and confronts him. The conflict also gets Ralph and Piggy closer
because the have something in common
which is both despising Jack.

 

  

 

 

Conflict #2

              The next
conflict is between Ralph and Jack. The dispute
is over power because Ralph is in charge and Jack wants to be. It wouldn’t be accurate to say that an argument over power only happened once in the book because it
happens all throughout between these two boys. Both Ralph and Jack have
different reasons for wanting control over the
boys. Ralph is non-selfish as he is responsible and likes making smart
decisions that he thinks will better the boys. On the other hand, Jack is very
violent and tries to take power with his barbaric actions. Ralph being the
leader is trying to make a civilized
community with the boys, but his problem is Jack acting like a savage. As you
can see Ralph and Jack are two completely
different people which is why they are getting in each other’s way of power. Both
the boys realize that they don’t like each other, and Ralph cannot trust Jack anymore
because of what he is trying to do to the boys which is make them savages. Ralph continues to keep his authority by
making educated decisions. Jack notices
that by Ralph being civilized he is not
comforting the boys and making them feel safe from the “beast.” He
takes advantage of the opportunity and is determined to get a hunting kill
which shows power to the boys and makes them feel safer. After his kill he sees
that the boys feel safe due to his savagery, so he starts to do it more.

 

 

Conflict #3

              Finally, this
conflict is between Ralph and all the other boys. After Piggy’s death, Ralph is left all alone because all the other boys are
in Jacks tribe. The hunters in Jacks tribe are trying to hunt Ralph down. Ralph
is forced to run and hide for his life. Luckily, Ralph manages to hide just long enough until an officer finally
reached the island. As he is looking up at the officer the officer askes him a question
“Nobody killed, I hope? Any dead bodies?” pg.223 At this point Ralph is so
shocked that he is still alive, he can’t even respond. All he could do was nod
his head up and down. Now that he is safe
with the officer being there he has time to realize what just happened. He
realizes that he was almost killed by
boys that used to be his friends. He also gets the chance to see how barbaric
that boys have become. It also hits him much harder because he is such a
civilized and passive aggressive person. Ralph has finally understood how uncivilized people can be.

 

 

 

 

 

Ralph’s Development

              Throughout
the book, Ralph developed. However, he was already introduced to us as a
very mature and developed boy, unlike the
rest. Ralph is a very responsible person which
was one of the factors that made him such a great leader. At the beginning of
the book, Ralph was unaware of how savage
people could be simply because he was very
innocent. As the book went along, he got
more and more experienced due to the barbaric actions he has seen like the death of his friends. At the end of
the book, he is left with lots of knowledge
on how evil people can be.

 

 

Character Relationships

              The one significant character relationship in the novel
is between Ralph and Piggy. They don’t start
out as good friends, but by the end of
the book, they are best friends. Initially, Ralph picked on Piggy because of his
physical appearances just like all the other boys. As time went on Ralph
started to stand up for Piggy and teach him valuable life lessons like how to
fend for yourself. Piggy never really had someone to trust which meant his friendship
with Ralph meant a lot to him because he
could trust Ralph. At the end of the book, Piggy stayed with Ralph even when
everyone else joined Jacks tribe. This
shows Piggy’s loyalty to Ralph.

 

 

Setting

              The
setting played a prominent role in character
development. The setting is a tropical island
in the middle of the ocean. After a few days on the island, you could instantly tell the strong boys from the weak. The
isle forced everyone to develop into a
stronger version of themselves because if the boys were weak and didn’t adapt, they
would die. The boys had to hunt for all their food. The hunters gave us a clear
image of who the stronger boys were i.e. Jack.
Due to isolation on the island the boys lost their civilization and became “beasts”
themselves.   

 

 

 Beginning
– End

              At the beginning
of the text, all the boys are innocent
and like being on a tropical island alone with no adults. All the boys generally like
each other and are all civilized. Ralph is
elected as the leader of the boys.
By the end of the book, the boys have all
matured and become experienced due to the actions they have witnessed. Jack has
overthrown Ralph and has turned the boys into savages. Ralph is all alone running
and hiding for his life and waiting to be rescued.