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, plot summary, and important quotes.


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Literary Devices

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