What happens in Lord of the Flies?

In Lord of the Flies, a group of schoolboys are stranded on an island, and the majority of them become increasingly barbaric until they are rescued by a naval officer.

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Lord of the Flies is the story of a group of schoolboys who are marooned on an uninhabited island and fail dismally at creating any kind of civilized society. As the first elected leader, Ralph tries to create structure by setting certain priorities, such as building shelters and maintaining a...

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Lord of the Flies is the story of a group of schoolboys who are marooned on an uninhabited island and fail dismally at creating any kind of civilized society. As the first elected leader, Ralph tries to create structure by setting certain priorities, such as building shelters and maintaining a signal fire. But at the prompting of Jack, the antagonist, many of the boys soon start ignoring Ralph and doing as they please, which plays right into Jack's plan of usurping power.

Jack develops an obsession with hunting, and instead of watching the signal fire, he paints his face to look like some sort of tribal warrior and goes to kill a pig. Using stories of a "beast" that he alleges to have seen on the island, Jack sows fear in the younger boys.

The camp is soon divided into Ralph's party and Jack's party, the latter of whom have no respect for the other boys or for the collective need to maintain order. While some boys, such as Simon and Piggy, manage to hold on to their common sense and sense of decency, Jack and his entourage swiftly regress into savagery.

By the time help arrives, a number of the boys, including both Simon and Piggy, are dead.

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