Plots and Themes of Lord of the Flies

The novel, Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is about a group of young British boys whose plane was shot down. They are stranded on an island and forced to adapt to their new environment. One of the main themes of Lord of the Flies is the struggle for power. This theme is first seen when either Jack or Ralph must be chosen to be in charge, then progresses to Jack trying to become chief by holding an assembly, but he ends up losing to Ralph again, this theme comes to a climax at the end when Jack tries to kill Ralph because he is the only one left who is against him.

First the group must choose a chief. Jack says “I ought to be chief, because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.” (Golding 22). Roger suggests that they have a vote. Majority of the group votes for Ralph, excluding the choir boys who vote for Jack. Ralph wins the vote and becomes chief but lets Jack stay in charge of the choir boys. Ralph suggests that the choir boys could be the army but Jack interrupts him. In the end, Ralph lets Jack choose what the choir boys should be called and he wants them to be hunters. After this is decided, Jack, Ralph and Simon go out to explore the island. While exploring they realize how hungry they are and go and search for food. They come up on a piglet caught in some creepers. Jack was to be the one to kill the pig because he had a knife. He could not get himself to kill the piglet and it ends up escaping. Jack says “I was choosing a place, I was just waiting for a moment to decide where to stab him.” Ralph tells him “You should stick a pig, they always talk about sticking a pig.” Jack disagrees and says “You cut a pig’s throat to let the blood out, otherwise you can’t eat the meat.” (31) Jack and Ralph continue to go back and forth until they make it back down to the platform and the meeting.

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