Lord of the Flies, Nobel Prize-winner William Golding’s 1954 dystopian novel, allegorizes the story of schoolboys marooned on an island to investigate mankind’s inherent savagery. The novel greatly influenced writers of horror and post-apocalyptic fiction. Read a character analysis of Ralph, the plot summary, and important quotes.


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See a complete list of the characters in Lord of the Flies, and in-depth analyses of Ralph, Jack, Simon, Piggy, Roger, and Sam and Eric.

Literary Devices

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Further Study

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