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SUMMARY OF
CHAPTERS




Chapter 1- Sound of the Shell:

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Ralph and Piggy meet on the beach, having survived the crash. They introduce themselves, and then
enjoy swimming in a lagoon. The island seems a magical place.
Piggy finds a large conch. Ralph blows it like a trumpet, and all the other boys who survived flock
around. One group arrives…

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Chapter 6- Beast from Air:
Ironically, that sign appears: late that night, a parachutist's body lands on the island, the victim of an
aerial battle. Sam and Eric, tending the fire, see the body and believe it to be the beast.
Jack volunteers to lead an expedition to find the…

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The parachutist's dead body is lifted out to sea by the wind and Simon's dead body gently drifts
away from the beach.
Chapter 10- The Shell and the Glasses:
Piggy and Ralph discuss the events of the previous night without actually mentioning Simon's death,
which shows how anxious they are…

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Lord of the Flies


CHARACTERS



Ralph:
Fair hair and very tall athletic, charismatic protagonist of Lord of the Flies.
Primary representative of order, civilization, and productive leadership in the novel.
Has an attractive appearance, which suggests attractive character too. "You could see he
might make a boxer, as far as…

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While most of the other boys initially are concerned with playing, having fun, and avoiding
work, Ralph sets about building huts and thinking of ways to maximize their chances of being
rescued.
For this reason, Ralph's power and influence over the other boys are secure at the beginning
of the…

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Strong-willed, egomaniacal Jack is the novel's primary representative of the instinct of
savagery, violence, and the desire for power.
The novel's antagonist, one of the older boys stranded on the island.
Jack is the leader of the choir. He was the chapter chorister, can sing C sharp, and was the…

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Ralph's "lieutenant." A whiny, intellectual boy, whose inventiveness frequently leads to
innovation, such as the makeshift sundial that the boys use to tell time.
Represents the scientific, rational side of civilization of the adult world.
He's the superego, the part of man's personality which attempts to act according to an…

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1st time we meet Simon, he's in his choir robes. He faints on the beach because of the heat
and Jack mocks him. We know he is delicate. He has epilepsy.
Described by Golding as one of the in-between boys-- a "skinny, vivid little boy" with "with
a glance coming…

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When first seen, he's described as "slight" and "furtive". "The shock of black hair, down
his nape and low on his forehead, seemed to suit his gloomy face and make what had
seemed at first unsociable remoteness in to something foreboding."
Jack's "lieutenant." A sadistic, cruel older boy who brutalizes…

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