Annotated Bibliography: Lord of the Flies, by William Golding CLASS
Significance of title: The Lord of the Flies means the Devil.
Author: William Golding
What's important about the Author?: The author, William Golding, released Lord of the Flies a short time after he fought in World War II. During World War II he saw the effects and after effects of combat which influences his writing. Golding wrote Lord of the Flies as a citizen of England which took place from the scene of the nuclear war in England.
1. An evacuating plane of school boys is shot down, and stranded on a tropical island. There they discover a conch and appoint Ralph as the leader and Jack as the hunter. 2. Ralph, Jack, and Simon scout the island and decide to build a fire signal. With little interest in maintaining a fire they become careless and cause a large pile of dead wood to burn wildly. Also one of the smallest boys from the group mysteriously vanishes. 3. The majority of the group is happy to be living without any adults and horsing around all day, but Ralph takes responsibility and complains that they should build shelter and attempt maintain their fire signal. The hunters return empty handed on their first attempt at fresh meat. 4. A ship is sighted, but Piggy and Ralph notice that the fire signal has gone out. Raging with angry, Ralph wishes to blame Jack, but he had just caught his first kill. Piggy is not impressed with Jack and criticizes him but Jack slaps him across the face. 5. Ralph calls a meeting by blowing the conch and soon it becomes apparent that the little boys also known as "littluns" are being troubled by nightmares of wild and savage beasts or monsters. The older boys try to be reasonable and ask where such a beast would hide during the day when a "littlun" suggests that it is hiding in the sea-this abruptly terrifies the entire group of stranded boys. 6. After the meeting when all the boys are asleep, there is a battle...