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SPOILER: This is part of my Currently Reading series, where I write my thoughts on books while reading them. These posts contain spoilers for the chapters mentioned in the title, so continue reading at your own discretion.

The story is simple enough to allow for a faster pace, or at least a better balance between events and description. The main four characters, Ralph, Jack, Piggy, and Simon, have been fledged fully, enough to be predictable to some degree, so their attitudes towards the issues they face come naturally. Issues such as shelter,neater sources, and food are addressed but never have the weight one might expect in a similar situation. Of course these are not the focus of the novel, which is a big allegory about the good and the evil in the heart of humanity. The main characters, each of them serving a specific purpose in the metaphor, are put in a situation which they haven’t experienced before, and since they are not accustomed to this lack of authority, in the form of adults, start to gradually show they’re unrestricted nature.

On the one end of the spectrum there’s Ralph, who is the de facto leader due to his natural charisma, but doesn’t seem to feel too strongly about whether he likes being a leader. In the beginning he seems to just accept it nonchalantly, but when Jack  antagonists him and he starts feeling like he’s losing his grip on power, seems more determined to keep his position. This can be because of the way he perceives power, as a valuable thing, by what he has observed in the adult world, and not because he particularly likes it.

Jack, in the other end, has a thirst for power, being avostumed to it as he was in charge of the choir group before they fell on the island. I think at this point in the story he will seize control over the group from Ralph, either by force or by convincing them that he is stronger and provides food for the group. He expressed a more savage primal instinct of human nature, which he hasn’t let completely free yet.

Piggy, as recognized by Ralph himself, is the smartest of the bunch, but is set back by his appearance and his shynes. I think he represents the good in humanity more than Ralph does, but he seems more corruptible, if that makes sense. I look forward to seeing if his voice will be heard at some point. He seems passionate about being heard, always pointing out he has the conch.

The latest developments at this point in the story are the introduction, or further elaboration on “the beast”, which feels like a metaphor or like Lost‘s Smoke Monster, and a parachutist falling on the island; both very interesting developments. As a last note, I want yo point out that no one seems to talk about the sexual and homosexual hints spread all over the novel.