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Write an analysis of the opening chapter of 'Lord of the Flies'

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Tuesday, 24 January 2006 Gareth J. Jeffrey 10-4 English Miss. Tuxford Write an analysis of the opening chapter of 'Lord of the Flies' 'Lord of the Flies' is a book about a group of school boys that land on a glorious desert island. At first the island seems like a boy's paradise but the book shows the slow descent into an island of lawlessness and terror. Golding wrote this book to show us how quickly a group of civilised human beings can dramatically change to uncivilised savages. Golding had seen what humans can do to each over in World War 2 with bombs and shells. In the last chapter the naval officer says "I should have thought that a pack of British boys- you're all British aren't you? - Would have been able to put up a better show than that-" (p215) Golding also has written this book because of other desert island books such us 'Coral Island' this book is about 3 English boys that get stranded on a desert island. In 'Coral Island everything is fun and games and this continues thought out the entire book In chapter two After the boys get back from climbing the mountain and exploring, they are telling everybody about how this island is such a paradise. ...read more.


Also in this quote Golding creates a dramatic scene of destruction of where the plane crashed into the island. This quote gives you a forewarning of the hell and destruction of what is to come later on in the book. At first the boys react very well to being on the island. "Aren't there any grown ups at all?" "I don't think so" 'The fair boy said this solemnly; but then the delight of a realized ambition overcame him. In the middle of the scar he stood on his head and grinned at the reversed fat boy.' "No grown-ups!" This shows us that quote shows us that he is overjoyed about being on this paradise island with no grown-ups they have the ability to do what ever they want. Even in the first chapter there are many signs that all is not well, on page sixteen there are some of the first signs of conflict. "You're talking too much," said jack Merridew. "Shut up Fatty." Laughter arose. "He's not fatty," cried Ralph, "his real names Piggy!" "Piggy!" "Piggy!" "Oh, Piggy!" A storm of laughter arose and even the tiniest child joined in. ...read more.


(p17) But the only people that vote for jack to be chief is his choir. Jack is very authorities and commanding '"Choir! Stand still!"' (p16) which makes him a good leader. If it weren't for jack on the island they would have nothing to eat because jack is the person who organizes the hunt and after many attempts 'sticks a pig' getting meat for the boys. There are very alarming signs right from the start of this novel Golding starts the island as a paradise but even in the first chapter things deteriorate and take a turn for the worse for instants the group of boys 'bully' piggy by calling him just calling him piggy when Ralph told them that his name was piggy even after he had said he wouldn't tell the others. At first there is order almost like a school where you have to have the conch to be able to speak but this never worked as people always interrupted the speaker. Another threat to the order they have is the ever running conflict between Ralph and jack for leadership of the colony of boys which splits up half way through the book starting a war between the boys. ...read more.

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