Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

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3. Plot: Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

William Golding, 1954
Famous for: The Beast, a talking pig’s head on a stake, a horrific descent into chaos and savagery.

Lord of the Flies and A Streetcar Named Desire is where madness descendsThe plot of Lord of the Flies in just four words?

With apologies to William Golding, yes, the plot of Lord of the Flies is just that simple. Here’s the Recap on that.



Power, Pigs, Fire, Fighting. 
There are your four words.

Try six words if you’d like include the story’s beginning and ending:
Power, Pigs, Fire, Fighting, Wreck, Rescue.

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You want more? How about this:Lord of the Flies is about the building and breakdown of civilization.

A group of schoolboys, shot down over a deserted island, try to recreate what they know. (Wreck)

They elect a leader, Ralph, and a chief hunter, Jack.  (Power, Pigs)

They explore, build a signal fire, try to keep the fire from going out. (Fire)

But it wouldn’t be a tale of survival if things didn’t go wrong. The leader and the chief hunter clash. (Fighting)

Fear sets in. Which leads to four more words:

Terror, Tribes, Despair, Death.

That’s the plot:

Wreck, Power, Pigs, Fire, Fighting, Terror, Tribes, Despair, Death

At least the last word is Rescue, right?

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