-Lord Of The Flies-

Chapter 8

Come the next morning, everyone is aware and panicked, even Piggy, and Jack uses the conch shell to call an emergency meeting, wherein he lambasts Ralph and claims him to be a coward, saying that he himself should be elected leader. However, he is not voted in, causing him to storm off in anger and to say that anyone who wants to join him, can. 


Ralph is naturally dejected, seeing all order slip away, but Piggy suggests that they build a signal fire on the beach instead, which motivates Ralph. They set to work on doing so but some boys slip away to join Jack’s group in the night. 


In Jack’s new and growing tribe, he declares himself chief and they immediately kill a sow violently, with Roger forcing a spike up its anus. They then leave the pig’s head in the jungle on a spike as an offering to the beast. 


Then, as Ralph and Piggy sit discussing recent events, Jack’s tribe descends like carnal men and steals some burning sticks from the fire. Jack then says that anyone is welcome to come join his tribe and dine on the pig they caught, with many of Ralph’s group being tempted. 


However, Simon has already slipped away and has made his way to the clearing where he originally sat and basked in the wonder of nature. To his dismay, though, he finds the spiked pig’s head, now swarming with flies. 

He becomes immediately enraptured by the sight and gazes at the sight of horror, only to then witness the head begin speaking, declaring itself the ‘Lord of the Flies’ and that Simon will never be able to escape him as he is within every man. Simon faints from the sight. 

Lord Of The Flies

First published in 1954, William Golding’s debut novel, now a classic, is a stark story of survival, probing the depths of human nature, and what happens when civilisation collapses. As dystopian stories like The Hunger Games and Battle Royale surge in popularity, this haunting tale of a group of young boys stranded on a desert island still captivates schoolchildren around the world, raising timeless and profound questions about how easily society can slip into chaos and savagery when rules and order have been abandoned.


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