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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 novel begins with the aftermath of the crash once the boys have reached the island 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 as chief leads Jack and another boy Simon on an expedition to explore the island On their expedition they determine that they are in fact on a deserted island and decide that they need to find food The three boys find a pig which Jack prepares to kill but finally balks before he can actually stab it When the boys return from their expedition Ralph calls a meeting and attempts to set rules of order for the island Jack agrees with Ralph for the existence of rules means the existence of punishment for those who break them but Piggy reprimands Jack for his lack of concern over long-term issues of survival Ralph proposes that they build a fire on the mountain which could signal their presence to any passing ships The boys start building the fire but the younger boys lose interest when the task proves too difficult for them Piggy proves essential to the process the boys use his glasses to start the fire After the boys start the fire Piggy loses his temper and criticizes
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