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What is the climax and resolution of Lord of the Flies?

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Posted October 8, 2007 at 4:12 AM via web

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What is the climax and resolution of Lord of the Flies?

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 8, 2007 at 11:08 AM (Answer #2)

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As a study of English theater, I would argue that the climax of the novel occurs when Simon is killed.  According to standard format, the climax (or conflict) is the turning point in the novel for the central character.  If we view Ralph as the central character (which I think we have to), the killing of Simon represents the demise of the last little bit of leadership he had; thus, the completion in the change of power.  Everything that then occurs from Simon's death until Ralph is saved falls under the category of falling action.  Of course, the naval officer finding the boys and ending their war is most certainly the resolution.

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