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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Essay length: 2541 words

How do the boys organise themselves in chapters 1 and 2 in “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding?

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Introduction

How do the boys organise themselves in chapters 1 and 2 in "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding? In the first two chapters of Lord Of The Flies, W.Golding introduces us to two characters and shows how they begin to organise themselves. He also shows how the different characters have very different attitudes toward the situation and lead for organisation. In the beginning of the novel we are introduced to the first characters: Ralph and Piggy. Ralph is wandering through the forest and Piggy is running after him. You would expect after a plane crash to not have any care in the world apart from how do they get off the island, but Piggy doesn't. "The fair boy stopped and jerked his stockings with an automatic gesture which made the jungle seem for a moment like Home Countries" Piggy has his own habits and even though he is stranded he still thinking of his habits. Together Ralph and Piggy discuss what has happened and Ralph decides that the only thing matters, "No grown-ups!" It shows that Ralph isn't bothered and Piggy is smart and observing. "When we was coming down I looked through one of them windows... there was flames coming out of it." As they talk Ralph has the simple instinct that Piggy is obsessed by his Auntie and puts him straight " My Auntie-... Sucks to your Auntie."

Middle

I'm chapter chorister and head boy...I can sing C sharp." At the next meeting they decide that the only way to be rescued is to light a big fire, which the helicopters can see. But the organisation runs over board and everyone is so eager to help they stuff it up. All the boys run off like kids and are screaming and shouting. "Like kids...like a crowd of kids!" Piggy seems mature and doesn't run. He is like an adult inside a human body, mature and level headed. At the top of the hill the boys started to collect wood. They are behaving and working together to carry logs and branches. Golding is saying that this is not suspected from twelve year olds and they will not usually work like this by "with unsuspected intelligence..." Piggy hasn't helped but he is carrying the conch. The fire is a large lump on the top of a hill, which is covered with long grass. They were in too much a hurry, they never thought of how they were actually going to light the fire. "You rub two sticks. You rub... Has anyone got any matches?" But the good thinking of jack came up with an idea of using Piggy's specs, to magnify the suns rays. It worked fortunately, but the fire spread, due to the grass and all piggy did was stand back and laugh.

Conclusion

If he was on his own on the island he would probably die, due to self-obsession, not being organised enough and stupidity. He isn't the most responsible person to put on a desert island and with not much chance of being rescued. Over all I feel that the characters have been made to clash attitudes. Golding has made them have rival egos. The fact that they learn from their mistakes and once they know what the mistakes are they do what they were meant to do. If Piggy was the leader I think they would have much more done by now, but they will argue much more. If I was put on a desert island I would be as organised as possible because it's a life or slow death situation. They are organising themselves fairly well and not being too stupid. They are relaxing and taking this situation as an every day thing, but it isn't. They are twelve and under, surviving in the contrast of situations, it is impressive but their behaviour isn't. Because they are so young and they have never been in the surroundings before it is like a dream, a adventure, but soon they will not be so lucky and disasters will occur. It was very careless about the little boy dying, so they should have been more organised and not run off. They have all the time in the world to make a fire; there was no need to run. They have done well but the situation will get harder. Sarah keeling 10P

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