Lord of the Flies Summary

Lord of the Flies summary

A group of English school boys find themselves stranded on a deserted island after their plane crashes over the Pacific. Those who survive the crash elect Ralph, one of the oldest boys, as their leader.

  • Ralph argues that the group's main goals should be to have fun, survive, and maintain a smoke signal to catch the attention of the outside world. 
  • The boys quickly lose interest in the day-to-day tasks Ralph wants them to perform, like building shelters. Instead of working, they waste their time playing and hunting pigs.
  • When Jack defies Ralph’s authority, the boys degenerate into a savage tribe. They set fire to the island in an effort to drive Ralph out of hiding. A British warship, seeing the smoke, stages a rescue. Ralph and the other children are saved.