One of the factors that makes Lord of the Flies such a gripping novel is William Golding's skillful development of the story arc. The author's pacing as he moves from exposition, rising action, and climax to the denouement and resolution is superb. The story unfolds as follows:
Golding shows rather than tells as the book gets underway. Readers first meet Ralph and Piggy and, through their conversations and actions, learn that a group of British schoolboys has been stranded on an island due to a plane crash. Piggy reveals that an atom bomb fell on London after the boys escaped, letting the reader assume the time period is a near-future World War III. No adults have survived. Ralph blows a conch, and the other characters appear, including Jack Merridew and his choir boys and a bunch of little ones. After a meeting, Ralph, Jack, and Simon explore the island, providing an overview of the place where the action of the book will occur. By the end of chapter 1, Golding has introduced readers to the...
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