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Lord of the Flies – A Brief Overview

In the novel, Lord of the Flies, a group of British boys are left on
a deserted island in the middle of nowhere. When the boysfirst arrived,
the island was such a beautiful place to be; a place of peace. Jack thinks
he is the leader because he is the oldest and can do things the other kids
cannot. Ralph is somewhat mature, but is still childish in the beginning of
the novel. Throughout chapters one through three of the novel, there are
conflicts between the island, Jack’s society level, and Ralph becoming more
mature.

In chapter one of this novel, the island seems to be so beautiful
with its natural beauty, but that quickly begins to change when the boys
arrive and turns into a place of destruction. For example, Chpt. 1 Pg. 9
states, “The shore was fledged with palm trees. These stood or leaned or
reclined against the light and their green feathers were a hundred feet up
in the air.” This description of the island gives you an idea of how
peaceful and gorgeous this non-existing place is. Slowly but surely, the
island becomes the opposite when the boys begin to search and discover
things. As Ralph, Simon, and Jack begin to climb up the mountain, they
discover a massive rock; the size a small motor car. The boys scream,
“Heave!” and the great rock loitered, poised on one toe, decided not to
return, moved through the air, fell, struck, turned over, leapt droning
through the air, and smashed a deep hole in the canopy of the forest.
Echoes and birds flew, white and pink dust floated, the forest further down
shook as with the passage of an enraged monster: then the island was still,
states in Chpt. 1 Pg. 28. This was the human impulse of the 3 boys. They
saw a rock, reacted, and nearly destroyed half the island. Another incident
in which makes the island more destruction than beauty is when Jack and
Ralph start a fire on top of the mountain. It states in Chpt. 2 Pg. 41,
“Jack knelt too and blew gently, so that the smoke drifted away,
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