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Lord of the Flies Cliff Notes

William Golding's Lord of the Flies classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954.

At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," and Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires.

Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages.

The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet." Lord of the Flies Cliff Notes sums up the exploration of the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition.

"Lord of the Flies Cliff Notes were invaluable to me when it came to interpreting all of the symbolic language contained in the novel.

I always enjoy reading Cliff Notes along with a story because it helps me appreciate the plot more when I can pick up on things that I might have missed when I was reading.

If you're going to read the book as a school assignment, I would definitely recommend investing in the Lord of the Flies Cliff Notes. Not only does it improve test scores, but it can also turn an otherwise drab reading assignment into an enlightening adventure into the world of classic literature by William Golding." -- reviewer from Akron, Ohio

"Lord of the Flies Cliff Notes explains the imagery through character analysis and comments on each chapter making the novel very understandable. It was very interesting in how the book pulled together showing a parallel of modern society, not just an adventure story of boys on an island, that Golding so ingeniously created." -- reviewer from Dallas, Texas

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