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Lord Of The Flies And The Undermining Of The Adventure Story Genre

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Some background information on this book. Published in 1954, written by William Golding, winner of the 1983 Nobel Prize for literature, Lord of the Flies is a moral allegory about children stranded on a tropical island after their plane had been shot during World War II; trying to survive on the island they create a mini society with their own rules and laws. Golding presents the reader with a more realistic though pessimistic view of mankind through the boy’s encounters and experiences on the island, from playing to arguing to extreme violence in the book. The book’s central emblem is the dead parachutist, mistaken by the boys for the Beast, Lord of the Flies. Though portrayed through the ...view middle of the document...

” Behind him is the “darkness of the forest proper.” So far, then, we have a dark scary forest (DANGER), a bright “shimmering” lagoon (EXCITEMENT), and a wide open sea (ISOLATION). The setting is already channeling the emotion of the boys.

Introduce the good the bad the ugly…Clint Eastwood film…..related it to the book…
In every adventure story there is always an antagonist and protagonist, and always other influential characters which supports either the antagonist or protagonist. The main protagonist in the book is Ralph, he is the oldest out of the boys and is elected the leader of the boys at the beginning of the novel, and Ralph is the primary representative of order, civilization, and productive leadership in the novel. “Ralph sat on a fallen trunk, his left side to the sun. On his right were most of the choir; on his left the larger boys who had not known each other before the evacuation; before him small children squatted in the grass.” Is a quote that represents the leadership of Ralph and the power he has to round up the population on the island, which creates a contrasting imagery to the modern day Disney’s Lion King, where Mufasa the lion is greeted by all the animals in the Pride Land in the beginning of the movie, just how Ralph is greeted in the beginning.

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. "There’s another thing. We can help them to find us. If a ship comes near the island they may not notice us. So we must make smoke on top of the mountain. We must make a fire." For this reason, Ralph’s power and influence over the other boys are secure at the beginning of the novel. “There was a ship. Out there. You said you’d keep the fire going and you let it out” also identifies the leadership skills of him directing the people where people should go and do like a boss. However, as the group gradually succumbs to savage instincts over the course of the novel, Ralph’s position declines precipitously while Jack’s rises. Eventually, most of the boys except Piggy leave Ralph’s group for Jack’s, and Ralph is left alone to be hunted by Jack’s tribe. Ralph’s commitment to civilization and morality is strong, and his main wish is to be rescued and returned to the society of adults. In a sense, this strength gives Ralph a moral victory at the end of the novel, when he casts the Lord of the Flies to the ground and takes up the stake it is impaled on to defend himself against Jack’s hunters. This promotes the idea of Golding of adventure story genre, as the ultimate hero/protagonist with his idea of rescue.

Now I’m going talk about the main antagonist, Jack like Ralph, a natural leader. Unlike Ralph, Jack appeals to more primal desires in the children and relies on his status as leader of the choirboys to justify his authority. ““Shut up,” said Ralph absently. He lifted the conch....

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