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Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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What rules did the boys make for life on the island at the beginning?

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The boys don't establish that many rules on the deserted island in Lord of the Flies. They do vote for a chief, and Ralph is elected by a show of hands over the disappointed Jack. They also establish the conch shell as a symbol of free speech: Whoever holds the conch is allowed to voice their opinion. The boys also decide to build a signal fire and keep it going in hopes of locating a passing ship or plane. Jack's choir boys are named the hunters of the group, and they proceed to stalk the wild pigs that roam the island. Eventually, the boys get around to building some shelters to protect them from the elements.

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