What Is the Summary of Chapters One and Two in the "Lord of the Flies"?

Chapters one and two of the "Lord of the Flies" concentrate primarily on introducing the reader to the characters and touching on their organization and conflict. The novel was written by English author William Golding and published on September 17, 1954.

"Lord of the Flies" is a book about how a group of boys survive while stranded on a deserted island. The main purpose of chapter one is to introduce the characters and give a bit of background on how the boys came to be stranded. It seems that a transport plane that was carrying the boys was shot down and crashed on the island. Two boys happen to find each other, then discover a conch shell and use it to summon the other survivors. A leader is chosen as is a band of hunters.

Chapter two of the book investigates the conflicts within the group in more detail. While in chapter one, the group appeared to want to conform to society's rules, the second chapter shows them straying from those ideals. Instead of acting as a collective group to reach one goal, that of being rescued, their desire for play is overwhelming and things begin to fall apart. One example is when the signal fire is allowed to get out of hand, apparently burning one of the children to death.