Pennsylvania Congressional District 15 Co-Coordinator
LORD OF THE FLIES
A group of English schoolboys evacuated during an atomic war land on a tropical island in a
"passenger tube" ejected from a flaming airplane. An election for chief is held and Ralph wins
over Jack. While Ralph is a natural leader, Jack is a bully and constantly competes with Ralph
for control of the boys. Interestingly, Jack is the only boy who carries a knife. Not one adult is
present on the island; the young boys must figure out how to survive and how they might be
Ralph...lifted the conch. 'Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things.' 'I ought to be
chief' , said Jack, 'because I'm chapter chorister and head boy.' The dark boy, Roger, spoke up.
'Let's have a vote.' This toy of voting was almost as pleasing as the conch. Jack started to protest
but the clamor changed from the general wish for a chief to an election by acclaim of Ralph
himself...What intelligence had been shown was traceable to Piggy while the most obvious
leader was Jack. But there was a stillness about Ralph as he sat that marked him out.
"Meetings. Don't we love meetings? Every day. Twice a day. We talk. I bet if I blew the conch
this minute, they'd come running. Then we'd be, you know, very solemn, and someone would say
we ought to build a jet, or a submarine, or a TV set. When the meeting was over they'd work for
five minutes, then wander off or go hunting."
"Conch, conch, " shouted Jack. "We don't need the conch anymore. We know who ought to say
things. What good did Simon do speaking, or Bill, or Walter? It's time some people knew they've
got to keep quiet and leave deciding things to the rest of us."
The fire's the most important thing. Without the fire we can't be rescued. I'd like to put on
war-paint and be a savage. But we must keep the fire burning. The fire's the most important thing
on the island….We need more people to keep it going. Let's go to the feast and tell them the
fire's hard on the rest of us. And the hunting and all that, being savages I mean---it must be jolly