William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

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A response to Lord Of The Flies
Imagine an airplane crash. The heat of flames scorch passengers’ backs in addition to the wind burning their faces. Lucky, this crash was over water and near an island so most passengers survive, with an exception of the airplane staff and the pilot. Even though alive, many are in fits of fear and panic, and others are in shock. After hurried deliberation, a lone member of the group is elected leader in hopes that they will calm the panic, and make the hard, but necessary decisions. As if this isn’t hard enough to believe, now imagine each of the passengers as children ages 6 to 13. Boys to be exact. However hard to imagine, this scene is vividly brought to life in William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies. This book brings to light some important and challenging questions about differing leadership styles as well as good and ‘evil’ actions.
Lord of the Flies, published in 1982 was written by William Golding. He begins with a scene similar to what I previously described. A plane full of boys are stranded on a deserted island. When, older member, Ralph is elected leader, it is hoped that he will have the knowledge to keep the group alive until they can be rescued. Ralph, in turn, creates rules, methods of being rescued (smoke signal), and daily responsibilities. These last for only a short time before most other members begin to ignore them. Jack, also an older member, slowly wins over many of the other boys’ trust with promises of meat,

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