Lord of the Flies is a movie, based upon a book written by William Golding. It starts during an evacuation at the time of war. We are shown 2 schools, a state school and a private choir school.
The choir school is more upper class and swank, whereas the state school is middle class. We are revealed that the aircraft crashes after being hit by lightening in an electric storm. It lands near the south pacific. After we are shown the images of the plane crash, we are shown the first two characters in the movie, Ralf and Piggy, who both appear lost and slightly distressed. Piggy presents himself and starts to talk with Ralf about himself.
He asks if there are any grown ups, plainly being used to the authority and guidance of grownups in society. Ralf then asks Piggy if he is going to join him for a swim in the lagoon. Piggy says that his auntie wouldn’t let him on ‘account of his asthma’, revealing that he still appreciates the assistance of grownups. They discover a shell on the beach and describe it as a ‘conch’, a name that they have actually learned in previous society. This conch later becomes a symbol of authority to prevent argument. Ralf blows the conch to draw in attention, so that he and piggy can start to restore social order.
The conch gives the preferred result, a young boy techniques, then more children begin to appear, including a group of choir vocalists, being led by Jack, a young boy providing orders to the other choir members. The boys begin to present themselves, numerous in the way that they have actually been taught through secondary socialisation, Piggy asks one kid for his name, to which he responds ‘Percival Reams Maddison’ this kid likewise gives his home address and phone number, as he has actually been purchased up with this being appropriate social habits. Piggy pipes up, asking that a name be duplicated.
But Jack says, “You’re talking too much. Shut up, Fatty.” There is laughter all around; he is singled out because he is various. Ralph says, “He’s not Fatty, his real name’s Piggy.” Ralf implies well but further embarrasses Piggy; there is more laughter, louder this time. To keep social order, the children decide to select a leader using democracy, something which they have actually also learned during secondary socialisation. They vote to give somebody the higher status as leader. All of the choir young boys vote Jack as they are plainly utilized to him as their leader and he is an authoritative character.
All of the other kids vote for Ralf, selecting him as ‘primary’ of the island. The boys go on an ‘exploration’ to learn if the island is completely uninhabited and to see if it truly is an island or if there is land connected further on. The majority of the older boys are selected to go on the exploration, however Jack informs Piggy that he can’t come. Ralf attempts to resolve this circumstance by telling Piggy that they require him to look after the younger children. The kids play about on their expedition. They may be acting like grownups, however they are still kids, going along with their childlike impulses to play.
Eventually they pertain to a high point on the island and can clearly see that it is an uninhabited island. A group of the boys end up being the hunters; they set out to find food for the children, but can not bring themselves to kill their discover– a pig. This is since it protests the standard and would probably be viewed as deviant in the society that they have actually been brought up in. To them, this seems inhumane and wrong. When the young boys return to the remainder of the kids, they explain that it is an island. Ralf is reassuring about the circumstance, telling the others that it will be alright.
Jack uses ethnocentricity to raise the mood of the kids saying “We’re British and the British are best at everything!” You can tell at this moment that Jack wants to be leader. Piggy is more unfavorable about the situation, declaring to have seen a monster on the island. Some of the other young boys start to fear this ‘monster’. Piggy mentions that nobody understands where they are, but the others take no notification of this intelligent contribution. The kids begin a fire and the choir boys assure to keep the fire going to bring in attention in case of the possibility of rescue.
At this moment, the young boys have actually begun to look even more shabby, they are wearing torn clothes, no tops and bring wood spears, rather than the cool, thick layers of uniform that they started with. They begin to develop huts, however as they do so, they still play about in the sea due to the fact that of their kid impulses. After a few days on the island, we can clearly see that their behaviour has actually changed significantly, their faces covered in mud used as tribal paint, their clothing shabby and filthy, bring spears and hunting animals.
Now they can bring themselves to eliminate the pig and even chant ‘kill the pig, slit its throat, damage it’ as they bring it back to he huts on a spear. When the hunters reach the huts, Ralf and Piggy are both upset with them for letting the fire go out because of a passing aircraft. If there was fire, it might have captured the attention of the airplane and they could have been saved. When Piggy informs them off, Jack strikes him and Piggy’s glasses break. Piggy is clearly extremely injured by this. The other boys laugh at this while eating like savages, showing their changes in behaviour and forgetting good manners that would have been necessary in British society.
Piggy is starving without any food. Jack informs him that he hasn’t done as much work as the others. He states that he has done as much work as Simon and Jack and for that reason is worthy of as much food. Simon offers Piggy his food and Jack, practically reluctantly, gives his. After this, the other kids continue to chant “Eliminate the pig, slit its throat, damage it!” This additional upsets Piggy. At this point, an assembly is called while the kids continue to shout in a humiliating fashion. During the assembly, a young boy once again raises the obvious sightings of ‘the beast’.
Many of the young kids begin to discuss this, talking of ghosts and the beast coming out of the sea. We then see a far-off big object coming towards them from far out in the sea. Simon states ‘possibly there is a monster’ and the boys start to ponder the idea of ghosts. Piggy says that there is no supernatural monster, that there are scientific explanations. He is being encouraging and making smart contributions to the discussion. Simon is likewise assuring, claiming that he doesn’t think in the monster. Jack desires power and states that Piggy is comprising stories, like his ‘teacher’ indicating that Ralf also makes up stories.
The twins, Sam and Eric, check out the island and whilst doing so, they discover what they think to be ‘the monster’. They flee yelling, claiming to have seen ‘the beast’. Sam and Eric run back to the others and inform them of their findings. The older young boys decide to enter search of ‘the monster’ while Piggy remains at the primary camp and takes the function as teacher, teaching the children the history of the name Cambridge. The kids come to discover what they believe is ‘the beast’ and escape screaming, without seeing that it is not a monster, however the pilot, hanging from a tree by his parachute.
Later that evening, Jack tries to turn the others against Ralf and leaves the group to be his own leader. Others start to join him slowly and they assault the location of the island at night where Ralf and the others are. They are wearing mudded face paint all over, like a different tribe. They attempt to take fire wood and at the same time develop a frenzy. In this time, Simon has entered search of the beast which he declares to not think in. This turns out to be a disastrous error, as the others error him for ‘the beast’ when he is crawling through the bushes. He is killed by his peers.
The next day, Jack asks who of the kids are left. Piggy states that just the two of them and some of the more youthful boys are still on their part of the island, the others have all signed up with Jack. This reveals us that they have created a sub-culture on the island with typical worths and comparable behaviour patterns. Ralf speak with Piggy about the night before, saying that it was murder. Piggy rejects this and can’t even bring himself to state the word murder. This is plainly out of remorse. It is because he knows that this is deviant which normality has practically disappeared on the island.
When the kids steal Piggy’s glasses in an attack, he states that he can’t see without them. He and Ralf go to the other part of the island in an attempt to obtain his glasses. Ralf attempts to factor with the others. He attempts to notify them of what wrong they are doing, but the kids do not take him seriously. Some of the kids on the top of the cliff decide to press off a big boulder, which lands on Piggy and kills him. This is murder and reveals that much of their standards and worths have changed during their time far from society.
Eventually, the others go after Ralf through clouds of smoke triggered by a fire, which ends up to have brought in the attention of members of the Navy, who come to rescue the young boys by boat. Ralf weeps at this, clearly grateful that he is to get way from this catastrophe and go back to the society that he is utilized to. The movie shows us how peoples’ worths can change over a brief time period, their views of things and what they have actually learned from secondary and even primary socialisation can be altered by changes in their surroundings, culture and lack of authority.
They produce multiculturalism in having various values to their previous society e. g. the killing of the pig, which was formerly considered deviant and incorrect, became a norm of the kids on the island. The film advantages me as a Sociology student, it shows me that instincts are something that can be learned and changed over a short time period and that individuals will frequently follow the stronger leader instead of the leader with great intentions.