Lord Of The Flies written by William Golding
Total pages in the novel are 248
In the book the Lord Of The Flies, the general story line is as follows. In the middle of a war, schoolboys in brittan are evacuated by plane, one of which crashes because its been shot down onto a deserted island. Firstly we are introduced to this idea of a conch shell because the characters Ralph and Piggy discover it and use it as a signal to summon the other boys on the island. The boys all agree that they are willing to be rescued and to do this they appoint a leader, Ralph. He then takes it upon his leadership to appoint Jack to be in charge of food and the other boys who hunt and gather foods. The youngest boys are known as “littluns”. Ralph, again taking on his role as a leader, decides its a good idea to set a signal fire on the beach. However, the boys all get too caught up in playing and they dont notice when the whole forest is set in flames and the youngest boy disappears. This is when the problems start for the boys, the Littluns admit to having nightmares. Everything seems to fall apart for the boys. I think that the writer can show the emotions from the characters easily because they are young children in a desperate situation, even though we aren’t inside any of the characters head we still get the full effect of their emotions.
I think William Golding through the book he effectively gives more and more information about the characters. Particularly the character Rodger when he is being cruel to the “littluns”.
Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law.
The writer uses effective description on most of the characters, even not the main characters. For example, simon. Even though Simon isn’t the main character is description is very exact. Which is one thing I particularly liked about this book and the way he writes.
“He was a small, skinny boy, his chin pointed, and his eyes so bright they had deceived Ralph into thinking him delightfully gay and wicked. The coarse mop of black hair was long and swung down, almost concealing a low, broad forehead… Always darkish in color… “