Lord of the Flies

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The two boys Ralph and Piggy meet each other in a thick jungle and discover that they crashed in an

airplane and are stranded. They also learn that there are no adults present on the island and that none of the

adults survived the crash.

As they approach a beach, they find an enormous conch shell. Piggy gives the conch a little toot and

summons the rest of the boys on the island to the beach. The boys assemble and elect Ralph as the leader.

Ralph then assigns the Choir, led by Jack, to be the hunters.

Then Jack, Ralph, and Simon set out to explore the island. Near the end of their journey, they

encounter a wild pig. Jack tries to kill it, but is unsuccessful.

When the explorers get back, a meeting is held. The explorers explain that the island is deserted but

there is enough food to keep them alive.

Jack and the hunters promise to supply meat. Ralph makes a rule

that whoever is in possession of the conch shell is allowed to speak. Ralph proposes the idea of a signal fire

to alert passing ships of their presence. All the boys agree and everybody rushes to the hilltop to start a fire.

The fire sparks the gathered wood into a blaze. One of the boys is reported missing but none of the boys

will admit to the likelihood of an accident.

Everyone is hard at work the next day, either building huts or hunting. Soon the younger boys loose

interest and go off to play. A meeting is called and the boys come up with some new ideas and talk about

problems. Meanwhile jack wanders off and enjoys the peace and quiet.

Soon the boys get into a rhythm of everyday life. In the...