What if a plane carrying a full load of school boys crashes on a deserted island with no adult survivors? What would happen to those boys? What would you expect to happen? As the boys splinter into factions, some behave peacefully and work together to maintain order and achieve common goals, while others rebel and seek only anarchy and violence. Some of the younger boys start to believe there is a ‘beast’ at the heart of the island and readers start to wonder if they will ever be saved. Golding presents us with a human struggle against the savage instinct—the impulse to seek brute power over others, act selfishly, scorn moral rules, and indulge in violence.