• Year Published: 1954.
  • Pages: 251.

The Lord Of The Flies Summary of Chapters

Chapter 1-3

It begins with a group of English schoolboys alone on an island, having been aboard a plane that was shot down. Ralph, with Piggy, blows on a conch shell and the sound causes the boys to assemble on the beach. Among the group is a boys’ choir, lead by Jack. The boys vote to elect Ralphie leader, to Jack’s displeasure. To appease Jack, Ralph assigns the choir boys the role of hunters, with Jack as their leader. Ralphie, Jack, and Simon (another choir boy) explore the island.

During the boys’ explorations, they determine that those pigs inhabit the island. After returning to the group the boys create rules, with the conch shell acting as a symbol of power. A small boy cries that he has seen a monster, but is reassured by the older boys that it was a dream.

Ralphie attempts to organize the boys toward the goal of rescue and devises a plan centering on creating fire on the mountain. The plan quickly unravels, with the boys not taking their tasks seriously. Piggy, an unpopular boy, is vocal in his disdain for the group’s disorganization.

Jack pursues hunting but is unsuccessful. Ralphie and Simon, also unsuccessful in building shelters become annoyed with the other boys, who are all playing. When Jack returns from hunting Ralph complains to Jack, accusing him of using hunting as an excuse to avoid work. Meanwhile, Simon explores the island alone. He helps the small boys (referred to as the littluns) pick fruit and finds a peaceful meadow.

Chapter 4-6

Routine fall over the island. The littluns are plagued with visions of the beast. Jack successfully kills a pig during a hunting expedition; meanwhile Piggy and Ralphie fail to capture the attention of a boat after the signal fire goes out. When Jack returns from hunting he, Ralph and Piggy argue about priorities. Jack slaps Piggy, breaking his glasses. While Jack accepts blame for the fire he does not apologize to Piggy; the three boys become estranged.

In an attempt to reassert control over the group Ralphie assembles the boys and lectures them about adhering to rules. The older boys reassure the littluns that there is no beast; the lilluns remain unconvinced. Jack proclaims that he will kill the beast and leads all the boys away from Ralph, Simon, and Piggy.

At night a pilot is shot down over the island. His body is seen by two boys who mistake it for the beast. After telling the others that they have been attacked by the beast, the boys, save Piggy and the littluns, go out in search of the monster.

Chapters 7-10

While trekking to the mountain to light the signal fire Ralph agrees to Jack’s suggestion to attempt a hunt. Caught up in the frenzy the boys re-enact the hunt, almost going too far and killing a boy. When they scale the summit they spot the shadow of the body of the pilot; terrified they flee to warn the boys on the beach.

The next day Jack attempts to take control of the group; when the boys resist, he leaves, inviting other to join his tribe. The remaining group decides to create a new signal fire on the beach. Many boys desert Ralph and join Jack in the jungle.

Jack’s tribe hunts in a feral frenzy and kills a sow. Putting the pigs head on a stick they leave it as an offering for the beast. They then visit Ralph’s group, stealing fire and inviting boys to a feast.

Prior to the attack, Simon retreats to the meadow where he finds the pigs head. He imagines it speaks to him and becomes terrified and faints. When he come to he finds the pilots body and realizes the mistake the other boys have made. He runs to tell the rest of the boys that the beast is not real.

At the feast, Jack again invites the remaining boys to join him. It begins to rain and the boys dance in the storm. When Simon exit the forest they mistake him for the beast and kill him. The storm both washes Simon’s body to sea, and blow the pilot’s body to the beach.

Chapter 10-12

The next day Ralph and Piggy discuss their role in Simon’s death; Piggy attributes it to an accident, while Ralph declares it murder. Jack’s boys plain to rain Ralph’s camp.

During the raid, Ralph’s boys are beaten and Piggy’s glasses, the source of fire, are stolen. The next day Piggy suggests a meeting with Jack’s group; They blow the conch shell; no one responds.

Ralph and Piggy then travel to Jack’s tribe. There Jack and Ralph fight and Jack’s boys cast down a rock from the mountain. Ralph dodges but Piggy, is hit and killed. Ralph escapes to the forest

After Ralph’s boys are tortured to give up his location, Jack’s boys pursue Ralph to the beach, where a naval officer appears. He chastises for what he believes are games, expresses that English boys could have degenerated so quickly. The boys all cry.

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