100 Figures in the Novels: Maurice

A short story about Maurice in the book Lord of the Flies, William Golding.

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 Story about Maurice
Maurice was a boy of average stature and unremarkable appearance, his presence on the island often overshadowed by the more dominant personalities of his peers. Unlike some of the other boys, who reveled in the chaos and violence that surrounded them, Maurice preferred to keep to himself, avoiding confrontation and conflict whenever possible.

From the moment he arrived on the island, Maurice found himself drawn into the unfolding drama of their struggle for survival. With no adults to guide them and no rules to govern their behavior, the boys were left to fend for themselves, navigating the treacherous waters of adolescence and the harsh realities of their new environment.

At first, Maurice tried to maintain a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos, clinging to the hope that they would soon be rescued and returned to civilization. He contributed what he could to the group's efforts to build shelters, gather food, and keep the signal fire burning, though he lacked the enthusiasm and drive of some of his more ambitious peers.

But as the days stretched into weeks and the boys' situation grew increasingly desperate, Maurice found himself swept up in the tide of violence and savagery that threatened to consume them all. With tensions on the island reaching a boiling point and the fragile bonds of their society fraying at the seams, he began to succumb to the darker impulses that lurked within him, lashing out in anger and frustration at those around him.

It was during one of these moments of madness that Maurice made a fateful decision—a decision that would have far-reaching consequences for himself and those around him. In a fit of rage, he joined forces with Jack and his followers, launching a brutal assault on Ralph and his supporters, determined to seize control of the island once and for all.

But even as he reveled in the thrill of power and dominance, Maurice could not escape the nagging sense of guilt and remorse that gnawed at his conscience. He knew that what he had done was wrong—that he had betrayed his own principles and sacrificed his integrity for the sake of his own survival.

As the chaos unfolded around him and the island descended into anarchy, Maurice found himself grappling with the weight of his actions. He knew that he could never undo the damage that he had caused, that the scars of their ordeal would linger long after they were rescued and returned to civilization.

But even in the darkest of times, Maurice clung to the hope that redemption was possible—that they could overcome their differences and find a way to forgive each other for the sins of their past. And as he looked to the horizon, where the faint outline of a passing ship could be seen, he knew that their journey was far from over—that they still had much to learn about themselves and each other before they could truly be free.

Other figures in the book:
Jack MerridewPiggyRalphRogerSimon