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Lord of the Flies Study Guide

by William Golding

Lord of the Flies study guide contains a biography of William Golding, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

During an unnamed time of war, a plane carrying a group of British schoolboys is shot down over the Pacific. The pilot of the plane is killed, but many of the boys survive the crash and find themselves deserted on an uninhabited island, where they are alone without adult supervision. The first two boys introduced are the main protagonists of the story: Ralph is among the oldest of the boys, handsome and confident, while Piggy, as he is derisively called, is a pudgy asthmatic boy with glasses who nevertheless possesses a keen intelligence. Ralph finds a conch shell, and when he blows it the other boys gather together. Among these boys is Jack Merridew, an aggressive boy who marches at the head of his choir. Ralph, whom the other boys choose…

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Posted By alexander r #394918 at Oct 22, 2014 7:19 PM


Jack gains power over many of the boys by exploiting their fear of the mythical beast. How does Jack manipulate the myth of the beast to legitimize his authority?

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Posted By wendy a #394571 at Oct 21, 2014 9:03 AM

What is going on with Jack and Ralhp relationship?

What is going on with Jack and Ralhp relationship in chapter 6 and 7 of the book "Lord of the Flies"

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Posted By john m #369053 at Oct 19, 2014 8:25 PM