• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  4. 4
    4
  5. 5
    5
  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Document length: 1790 words

Lord of the Flies

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A group of boys have been stranded on an isolated tropical island, after escaping from their shot - down plane. A large disfigurement was created in the untouched jungle, symbolizing the first of man's destruction on the island; it was not going to be the last. The first characters we meet are Ralph and Piggy. Ralph who represents democracy and order, whilst Piggy represents intelligence and social order. They realize that the island is uninhibited and that civilization does not exist, and if it did it would be on their terms. This excites them and so they explore the island, until a conch is found. The Conch is symbolic of common sense and discipline. Its beauty strikes us when Ralph and Piggy find it, but it is forgotten as they put it to use to call the other survivors. Leaders are elected and rules are set but for how long will they be kept? Friendships deteriorate as leadership is questioned. The rules of home dictate their initial behavior, as all the boys respond to how they have been nurtured. Ralph is a twelve-year-old boy archetypal, very British boy, whose father is in the navy. "You could see now that he might make a boxer, as far as width and heaviness of shoulders went, but there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil." ...read more.

Middle

Jack has become a hunter, he is slowly losing his human characteristics and becoming a predator. Jack conceals his real identity when he paints his face. The mask enables him to deny who he is and frees him to behave as he wants. At one point he looks at his reflection...... "He looked in astonishment, no longer at himself but at an awesome stranger." Jack changes friends as well, him and Ralph have totally different ideas and priorities, whilst Piggy just annoys him. Jack becomes friends with Roger and they are evil together. When Jack hears of their chance of rescue, he is not bothered and had to remember what rescue was, instead he is proud as they caught their first pig. Jack starts up a ritual chant, he is very much in control and is bloodthirsty. His personality is overcome by power and he loses his name, this is not the Jack we saw at the start of the book. " I cut the pigs throat," said jack proudly. " Can I borrow yours Ralph to make a nick in the hilt?" The perfect prefect becomes the perfect savage. " He was a skinny, vivid little boy, with a glance coming up from under a hut of straight hair that hung down, black and course." Simon is one of the choristers. ...read more.

Conclusion

When rules are laid down, piggy follows then and expects the others to as well, he always is desperate to hold onto the rules of society which are slowly deteriorating in the others. The rules which Piggy had at home dictate his behavior on the island. In conclusion to my essay, We see how young boys would react to being stranded on a deserted island with no adults, and no rules of society to dictate how they should behave. Through this essay we have seen the obvious changes in the boys characters and the consequences and effect on the other boys. I have studies the main four characters looking how they have influenced eachother and how they reacted to living on an lsland. Jack who's arrogance made him become savage and bloodthirsty for power and meat. Ralph who's care free ways changed when he has elected chief. Piggy who left his naïve ways behind and spoke up for him self. Simon changed but very gradually and sutally. If they had stayed on the Island for much longer I am sure that Jack would have become more powerful as his tribe would fear him and so agree with everything he did. However Ralph would not have survived as Jack would not have allowed it. All these represent individuals and how they changed during the first four chapters of Lord of the flies. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Compare and Contrast the characters of Ralph and Jack in the first and last ...

    5 star(s)

    In the first chapter Ralph swam in the water without a care in the world. However, now things have changed, Ralph is petrified for his life since Jack and Roger are trying to kill him. These painted savages will do anything Jack or Roger tell them to do, out of fear of being put to death.

  2. Compare and Contrast the friendship between Anita and Meena in Anita and Me and ...

    It is very much the same as Lord of the Flies with Piggy and Ralph's friendship. At the beginning, our first impression gained of Ralph is of an athletic and attractive young boy: 'He was old enough, twelve years and a few months, to have lost the prominent tummy of

  1. Lord of the Flies Essay: Importance of Ralph

    Paired with the conch; which is a symbol of authority, common sense and democratic discipline-whilst also being an iconic object of great power to the boys; Ralph is shown as a figurehead of discipline-at first a perfect example of chief to all the boys except Jack and, reluctantly, Jack's choir (later his hunters).

  2. Lord of the Flies Coursework A consideration of the ways in which a sense ...

    The conch is introduced within the first chapter of the book, it is a symbol of fairness and peace; the fact that whoever holds it is allowed to talk makes us understand this. As you go further into the book, the conch is referred back to and always thought of as society itself.

  1. Explore the importance of the character Simon in "Lord of the Flies".

    They look at the huddled body of the dead airman, whose body was being moved about by the swift breeze, which mad the twins think that it was the beast and it were alive. Their mistaken claims that they had seen the beast, sparks even more fear and chaos in

  2. Both Lord of the Flies and Frankenstein explore the factors of nature and nurture ...

    Because of society's inability to accept him, he turns to evil action for attention and an acceptance (as a force to be reckoned with?)of a sort, from Victor How much was nurture? Golding decided to show that if people are taken from civilisation, as the boys are, they will set

  1. All is not forgotten

    Jack drew his knife. The sound of a horn rang through the island, the signal to return to the ship. Jack looked away from Ralph to see where the noise was coming from. Ralph took advantage of Jack's break of attention.

  2. What do we learn in Chapters 1-5 about leadership? Look closely at Ralph, Piggy ...

    In chapter 1, Ralph finds a conch, he sees it was a glistening shape in the water, and it is Piggy who knows what it is and how to use it. It is Piggy who suggests using it to summon others on the island.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work