Melissa Bell Pennsylvania Congressional District 15 Co-Coordinator LORD OF THE FLIES William Golding Brief Summary: 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 rescued. 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 good fun."
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