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The Main Events in William Golding's Lord of The Flies

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The Main Events in William Golding's Lord of The Flies


There are three events that stand out in the last three chapters of
the book. I have chosen the fight between Jack's tribe and Ralph's
group that results in the loss of Piggy's glasses, Piggy's death and
the sailor finding them all at the end. I have chosen these because
they stick out from their chapters and have a something special about
each one.

In the chapter "The Shell and The Glasses", Ralph and Piggy are trying
to come to terms with Simon's death. During the night, they are in one
of the huts when a voice is heard from heard form outside. It is
asking for Piggy, and they assume it's the beast. Piggy starts having
an asthma attack (I assume this because it says "he had his asthma")
and Ralph moves away, only to be ambushed in the dark.

They attacking group are described as animals, with a "vicious snarl"
and the "thump of living things". The Tribe have left humanity behind
for this sequence, reverting to brute force in order to get what they
need. I like the way a fist is described as a "piston", further
showing their slow loss of humanness, becoming robot-like in their
actions. Ralph becomes increasingly aggressive, pounding someone's
mouth with "passionate hysteria". This hysteria has been seen before,
when they are all dancing on the beach. He joins in with the madness
then, and he is now madly punching in the same way.However, the
attackers overcome him with the shelter collapsing with "smothering
finality" and the fight is over. The whole scene is described vividly,
and very believably with Ralph's emotions overpowering him.

Next in the chapter "Castle Rock", we see the destruction of the conch
and the death of Piggy. In the middle of a passionate argument, Roger
is left with the decision of whether or not to drop the rock. Roger is
high above the rest, and impulsive. "With a sense of delirious
abandonment" he throws away his western morals and drops the rock. The
rock is described as "monstrous" as it bounds towards Piggy. The conch
is brilliantly described as "exploding into a thousand white
fragments"; the word "explode" is a very powerful word and is well
chosen for the destruction of such an important object.

The way Piggy dies is a complete contrast to the elegant funeral of
Simon, described bluntly and factually. He dies in a gruesome way,
falling forty feet onto a rock, and the description doesn't try and
make it any less disturbing. The use of the word "stuff" is a
childlike view of the situation, as they wouldn't have known what it
was spilling out. Then he is referred to as pig-like in the way he
twitches - a derogatory contrast, just like when he was alive,
everyone always putting him down. His death sequence takes only one
paragraph of the book, but Simon's death was at least a page long,
this shows how they were very different people within the book - Simon
being soft and gentle and Piggy being the outcast nerd.

Finally I have chosen the very end of the book, when the naval officer
finds Ralph. He has just run away from the tribe, the island burning,
and when he gets to the beach he finds this clean, white dressed man
standing there. This is the first thing Golding uses to contrast
between the boys and the outside world. He is standing in all his
military glory, gleaming, as the island burns around him. "The fire
reached the coconut palms by the beach and swallowed them noisily" I
like the use of the word "swallowing" it fits very well here, as fire
is often described as eating away at its surroundings. There's the
simile of the fire as an acrobat, swinging around, "licking up the
palm heads" - more eating similarities. The officer starts off joking
about a war, but when Ralph says that two of them are dead, he
realises how serious this is.

He asks who the boss is, and Ralph quickly asserts himself as leader -
he wants it to end the way it started, with him in charge. But he
can't control his misery; he is only a young boy after all, and with
"great shuddering spasms of grief" he gives up his hard front. He
doesn't need to be brave any more, he's going home, and it's not
surprising that he caves in like this. This last chapter makes you
remember what they were like at the beginning - law and order,
organised. As the journey comes to a close, it reflects on normal
life, and how we shouldn't take it all for granted, with echoes of
Piggy in Ralph's mind.

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