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Lord of the Flies In William Goldings novel Lord of the Flies a group of boys revert from civilized children to savages The boys are stranded on a tropical island with no adults in authority to tell them what to do Only one tool a knife and their intelligence provide the boys with the ways to survive The story shows how the boys gradually loose their ability to behave in a socially acceptable way They divide into two groups One group tries to stay with normal behaviors The other group changes into irrational savages This descent into savagery is conveyed to the reader through the use of symbolism The boys themselves represent the different facets of society from the calm and rational to the disorganized and irrational Two of the boys have leadership skill Ralph one of the oldest of the boys is voted in as the first leader He brings all of the boys together and starts trying to figure out a way for the boys to get rescued He sets up a signal fire If any passing ships come by they may see the smoke and come and rescue them Jack is the oldest of all of the boys and starts going along with Ralph He slowly drifts away from what is wanted of him He gets a group of kids together to go pig hunting While they are hunting the fire goes out Ralph gets very angry with Jack for letting that happen So Jack decides to form his own group His group is called the hunters The only things they live for is hunting pigs and killing the beast They never really care if they ever get off the island Ralph the politician symbolizes a civilized and rational person Jack the hunters symbolizes the uncivilized and irrational 1 Two boys are the victims in the story Piggy the fat nearsighted asthmatic is a rationalist who functions as
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