Lord of the Flies, Nobel Prize-winner William Golding’s 1954 dystopian novel, allegorizes the story of schoolboys marooned on an island to investigate mankind’s inherent savagery. The novel greatly influenced writers of horror and post-apocalyptic fiction. Read a character analysis of Ralph, plot summary, and important quotes.
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- Who is the Lord of the Flies?
- What is the conch and what does it symbolize?
- How does Simon die?
- Why does Jack start his own tribe?
- Do the boys get rescued from the island?
- Why is Ralph chosen to be the chief?
- Why does Jack think he should be the chief?
- Why are Piggy’s glasses important?
- Who is the first boy to die on the island?
- Why does Jack hate Ralph?
- What is the beast?
- What does Simon want to tell the other boys?
- How does Piggy die?
- Does Ralph survive?
- Why is the backdrop of the war important to the story?
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- The Island
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