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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

chatper 12 in Lord of the Flies help!?

Can someone write me a wuick Synopsis on this book?

I have a presentation tomorrow on it, and I've read the book, but what I've got isn'y very useful.

(Best answer for best one)


-Quick...not wuick

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    The novel begins when two boys, Ralph and Piggy, find themselves next to a plane crash site (called the 'scar'), unaware of their surroundings. The boys soon find a conch shell and Piggy suggests that Ralph blows on the conch to call for any others who might be nearby. Their situation soon becomes apparent; there are many British school boys and no adults.

    These boys are divided into two main groups: the "big'uns" (several older children) and the 'littluns'. Ralph, one of the "big'uns", holds an "impromptu" election and is voted the chief of the boys, beating another elder boy, Jack (the head of a choir group that also landed on the island). Ralph quickly calls everyone together to work toward two common goals, the first being to have fun and the second to be rescued by creating a constant fire signal, which was to be lit using Piggy's glasses. Some of the boys then go exploring and it is discovered they are on a small island.

    For a time things on the island are civil, where all the boys worked toward building shelters, gathering food and water, and keeping the fire going. The one goal which constantly gets sidelined is keeping the signal fire going as some of the boys, the 'hunters', led by Jack, focus their energy on hunting the wild pigs on the island. The children's belief in a "beast" on the island also creates a problem. The children begin to split into two groups, based on the existence of the "beast". Ralph attempts to disprove the existence of the beast while Jack exploits the belief in the beast to encourage his group of 'hunters'.

    Jack soon forms a separate tribe from Ralph's. Jack gains defectors from Ralph's tribe by promising them meat, fun, and, most importantly, protection from the "beast". Jack's tribe gradually becomes more savage and they use face paint and focus mainly on hunting, while Ralph's group focuses on keeping the fire going and getting rescued. Simon, a part of Ralph's tribe, sets off on a mission to investigate the mountain. While on his way there, he find the pig's head on a stick Jack put there earlier, and begins to hallucinate. He sees the head as "The Lord of the Flies," and believes that it is talking to him, telling him the truth, that they created the beast, and that the real beast was inside him, inside them all. Unfortunately, on his way back to tell his tribe about the dead parachuter they mistook for the beast on the mountain, he stumbles into the circle Jack's tribe had formed, and is attacked and killed. Jack's tribe then raid Ralph's camp, attacking the non-hunters in order to steal Piggy's glasses in order to make a cooking fire.

    By this time Ralph's tribe consists of just himself, Piggy, and twins named Sam and Eric. They all go to the rock fort of Jack's tribe to try to get back Piggy's glasses so he can see. In the ensuing confrontation Piggy is killed by a boulder thrown by Roger knocking him off the cliff and falling forty feet to his death. The conch is shattered into millions of pieces by the launched rock. Eric and Sam are captured and both become part of Jack's tribe, leaving Ralph by himself.

    In the final sequence of the book, Jack and his friend Roger lead the tribe of 'hunters' on a hunt for Ralph, intending to kill him. In order to do this Jack sets the entire island on fire. The fire is so large that it attracts the attention of a nearby warship which comes to the island and rescues the boys. A navy officer lands on the island and his sudden appearance brings the children's fighting to an abrupt halt. When learning of the boys' activities, the officer remarks that he would have expected "better" from British boys.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    try reading the summarys on or and it should help you on anything you need for the book!

    hope that i helped you!

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