Piggy for President

Hello, today I’m going to write a review on a book I’ve been reading for a couple of weeks now, Lord of The Flies by William Golding. 190 pages 

“And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and un-wiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true,…”

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The story takes place during a nuclear war where an airplane filled with British children has to make a crash landing in a deserted island. The book starts off with a boy named Ralph trying to make sense of what happened, when he finds Piggy. The two boys find this whitish pinkish shell they called “the conch”. After gathering the survivors by blowing the conch and signaling all, they establish roles among the children: Ralph being the leader of the pact and Jack, one of the choir kids, was put as the Lead Hunter gathering the food for the kids, even though, he was sure he could be leader. And not to forget Piggy being the new laughing-stock for everyone. This ultimately ignites the small flame of conflict between the two Alphas (Ralph and Jack). As the book goes on you can notice the two different types of leaders Ralph and Jack are when given a certain situation concerning the group as a whole.

Ralph’s leadership style includes sense, reason, and order. For example, Ralph constructed a way of organized communication among all of the members by giving “the conch” a sense of power and importance towards the unity of the group of kids.

Jacks leadership style is different from Ralph because jack leans towards more of a survival like, animal-instinct vibe. For example, Jack starts to use war-paint and creating ritual dances before they would hunt. He would also use his power to divide the group given that he is the Lead Hunter.

Along the story there are some key characters to keep in mind, well, at least for me. One being Simon a small child to where his encounters in the island inflict a whole lot in the group as a whole, Also there is Piggy he is basically the main target of hazing due to his weight. I mention Piggy because even though he gets picked on if it wasn’t for his glasses they would be able to make fires, and also in my point of view Piggy is the most reasonable character in the novel.

Word Count: 379


3 thoughts on “Piggy for President

  1. I like how well of a summary you gave without giving spoilers and how well you explain the character dynamics. Although, I’ve never read this book or given much thought to reading it, I read your review and can understand the appeal and the dynamic of how everything would work.


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