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Analysis of Ralph(Lord of the Flies)

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Alexander Shulgin`s
Analysis of the novel “Lord of the Flies”.

Sir William Gerald Golding (19.02.1911 – 19.06.1993) – was an English novelist and playwright. There are some facts of his biography that may have affected the novel: He was a schoolteacher. Golding’s experience in World War II had a profound effect on his view of humanity and the evils of which it was capable.

Golding`s use of dialogue is something unique because it is not mentioned which boy utters a particular line. It doesn`t matter when a line expresses the major opinion of the group, but when it`s used by a specific individual (Ralph, Piggy, Simon) it`s understood who`s uttering. Another characteristic feature is the use of repetitions. But the major one is symbolism. Piggy, for example, represents physical weakness and mental strength, Jack's role in " Lord of the Flies" is to show transition from the opposite perspective. The glasses, however, help illustrate his intellectual strength, his ability to think situations over logically and use reason.

In the middle of the war an airplane carrying school boys crashes over a tropic island. Two of the boys, Ralph and Piggy find a conch and using it as a horn gather the rest of the survivors. Ralph is used as a leader. Boys decide to make a signal fire on the top of the mountain, it gets out of control and a big part of the forest is set on fire. Some of the boys are sure there is a beast on the island (younger mostly). Time passes and the boys lose a ship (they neglected a signal fire hunting down a pig, Jack was the one to blame). The next day the assembly was called, Jack wants to take control of the group but Ralph wins. Jack leaves the group, and most of the older boys join him. Jack's tribe paint their faces, hunt, and kill a pig. The pig`s head pinned to a stake is left as a tribute to the beast. Jack`s tribe calls everyone to the feast and during the actiong out the ritual of killing a pig kill   Simon. Jack`s tribe moves to a rock...

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