- Chapter 1, The Sound of the Shell
- book opens with the description of a fair haired boy and a shorter, fatter one.
- they discover they are marooned on an island after evacuation from a war zone.
- they find a conch and ralph uses it to call the other boys
- many young boys appear, including the choir and jack, their leader. simon faints
- ralph is voted as chief
- jack, ralph and simon set off to explore
- they come across a trapped piglet on the way back. jack 'attempts' to kills it but doesn't
- why this chapter is important
- establishes setting
- introduced to main characters
- we learn of jacks fairness and generosity (giving jack his choir/'hunters'
- importance of conch established-becomes symbol of democracy and authority
- bad weather foreshadows later events
- the setting
- tropical paradise-"reef, cirque, scar, defiles, lagoon"
- island has many contrasts e.g. rocky and forested
- setting not chosen by chance- island is exotic but threatening, has a deliberate purpose e.g. "a vision of red and yellow, flashed up wards with a with-like cry
- Key Quotes
- you're talking too much, said jack merridew, shut up fatty
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