Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” He implies that once you feel like it is almost over, do not give up and let go. He expects that we do our best to hold on as if we do, help will surely come. On January 12, 2010 a monstrous 7.0 earthquake struck the poverty-stricken country of Haiti. Around 220,000 people died and 300,000 were injured. This tragedy exacerbated the conditions in Haiti. After 27 days all hope of survivors was lost until Evans Monsignac, a 27-year-old father of two, was found under the rubble, alive. This unbelievable story reached headlines across the world about this young man surviving 27 days under rubble. He had nothing to eat or drink except for the sewage that oozed through the rubble. Monsignac knew it was the end of the rope for him, but he held on believing that as long as he could hold on, help would arrive. These survival stories are the basis for many well-written novels such as Life of Pi, Hatchet, and The Hunger Games. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (LOTF), a perfect example of survival, explains the savagery of young boys as they hold onto their last bit of rope on a deserted island. Jack and Ralph, two main characters of the story, quarrel with each other in hopes of showing the other boys the proper way to live or ‘hang on’. Right from the beginning, Ralph and Jack start to fight over leadership of the boys. When arriving on the island, Ralph blows a conch and

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