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The Lord of the Flies Pr�cis After a plane crash, two boys, Piggy and Ralph, find each other on a deserted island. Piggy discovers a conch shell on the beach, and tells Ralph he could use it to call other survivors. Soon, young boys begin appearing out of the woods, including a choir led by a boy named Jack. The group of survivors elects Ralph as there leader, and Ralph allows Jack to become the head of a hunting party. The boys explore the island, finding no signs of civilization. On their way back to the beach, they come across a pig, but Jack is unable to bring himself to kill it. Ralph uses the conch shell to call the boys to another meeting, where they decide that each boy may only speak while holding the conch. They decide that a fire signal must always be maintained at the top of the mountain to increase their chances of being rescued. Piggy agrees to allow them to use his glasses to start the fire. ...read more.


The boys reach the one area of the island they have not explored, which is a giant hill with caves in it. Ralph volunteers to check the premises first, and Jack soon follows, but there is no sign of the beast. The next day, the boys continue their search for the beast, but Jack begins a hunt as well. Ralph joins the hunt, and is thrilled when he is the only one to stick his spear in a passing boar. That night, the boys climb the mountain on another hunt for the beast. There, they see what seems like a "great ape." Jack calls another meeting where Ralph and him tell the others what they saw. Jack announces that he feels Ralph is a "coward" like Piggy and should not be their leader, but the other boys disagree. Furious, Jack leaves to call the other hunters to join him. The others begin to build another signal fire on the beach, but soon most of boys have gone off to join Jack. ...read more.


There, they are met by a group of boys standing guard, and soon by Jack himself. Jack and Ralph begin to fight, and, after Jack orders for Sam and Eric to be captured. Piggy tries to be heard over the fight, but Roger soon pushes a large rock towards him, breaking the conch shell and knocking piggy off of a cliff. Ralph spends the night hiding, and the next morning Jack's party attempts to smoke Ralph out of the forest. Ralph stays in the forest as long as he can, where he finds and kicks over the sow's head. Soon, the entire forest is on fire, and all of the boys run to the beach. After arriving, they find that that fire has created a giant signal, attracting the attention of a British ship. An officer is shocked by the sight of the wild children, and asks Ralph to explain. Unable to describe what has happened, Ralph and the other boys begin to cry. Feeling both touched and "embarrassed," the officer turns away to give the boys a chance to calm down. ...read more.

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