This was the most interesting book I have ever read. It is sort of a crossbetween Alive and Hatchet. Because the book is extremely addictive and writtenso superbly, it did not take long for me to get into and finish it. Thecharacters were probably the most interesting element in Lord of the Flies. AllBritish and male, the young boys in this story portray the savagery and sadisticnature to which all but a few succumb.
The other boys are the only symbol ofsanity on the island. There is also a very interesting conflict between Ralphand Jack. In essence, this is the eternal struggle between good and evil. Theending of the novel concludes in a gut-wrenching showdown between the two.
Theonly thing I disliked about this book is that sometimes Golding’s writing stylewas a little hard to follow. The main problem was that the boy’s British accentsmade it difficult to understand what they meant. This problem appeared in fewspots, however, and for the most part the book was easy to read. I think thatmales would enjoy this book mainly because of the fact that all the characterswere boys. It also appeals to a person with good literary insight who canunderstand Golding’s symbolism. This book also made a very good movie whichportrays the story well. I did have a favorite character in this book.
His nameis Simon. Simon is peculiar in that he likes to be alone and take long walksinto the jungle while most of the other boys play. He also discovers the beastthat every one on the island fears. Ultimately, he discovers the true source ofevil, the Lord of the Flies, and is later betrayed by his friends. Being anenthusiastic and long time book reader, I think Lord of the Flies is a greatbook. It is very intriguing and seems to place a terrible spell over the readerwho gets lured into this arousing adventure. I spent four days reading this bookand only put it down during meals.
Lord of the Flies kept my interest with verylittle slow moving dialogue and lots of vivid description. For me this bookranks right up there with Clockwork Orange and The Last Herald Mage. All ofthese books have incredible story lines with non-stop adventure. They also allseem to address some of the controversial subjects facing our society today. Thething I probably liked the most about Lord of the Flies was the theme of thestory. This topic was very intriguing.
It dealt with the many flaws and desiresof human nature, and how devastating these factors can be to a culture with nodirections or order to follow. I enjoyed how the story showed that even theyoungest and most innocent of humans strive for power over everything and willstop at nothing until he achieves that power. The theme shows the greed that hasbeen bred into all humans. There was very little I disliked about this book. Themood was a little dark and depressing but that just added to the setting.Probably the one thing that could have been improved upon was William Golding’swriting style. He tended to skip around sometimes and use difficult dialect andterms that can confuse the reader, but this happened rarely. I think all seriousreaders would like this book.
Probably the people who could enjoy this book themost would be the faithful followers of Science Fiction and Adventure novels whomight enjoy the stranger aspects of life. I also think readers who areinterested in human behavior would relish this book because of the way itportrays the many sides of human nature, values, and morals. I will probablyread this book again. It was such a good novel it might possibly end up in mypersonal library. Lord of the Flies was also made into a great movie thatcaptured the best aspects of the book. The best lesson I learned from Lord ofthe Flies is that people can not let one thing control their whole life.
Theycan not let greed control their every action and thought so that it corruptsthem into acting on an evil purpose. Lord of the Flies was a great novel and Iknow when ever I think about this book, the scene I see is one of a young boytalking to a bloody pig’s head on a stick in the middle of a beautiful, sunnylittle field, scattered with bright flowers. Review by: Travis Donovan (4-96)Lord of the Flies is an action-packed book which takes place on an uninhabitedisland after a plane full of English boys is shot down. Told from a third-personomniscient point-of-view, this story’s mood is extremely bleak because it dealsso profoundly with the dark side of humanity.
The protagonist in Lord of theFlies is Ralph. At the beginning of the story he is described as being a playfulchild, but towards the end he matures significantly. He is one of the few boyswho realizes that the only way to survive is through peace and order.
Because hesummons the boys at the beginning of the novel with the conch he and Piggy find,they look upon him as the most responsible of the boys and elect him chief overthe humiliated Jack. Jack Merridew, Ralph’s main antagonist, is older than mostof the other boys. He is the leader of a group of choir boys and is dubbed chiefof the hunters by Ralph. He and his hunters become sadistic and detached fromthe world of peace Ralph creates. Jack is the prime reason why the islandbecomes full of chaos and corruption. Piggy is a fat little boy who remainsclose to Ralph’s side throughout the story.
Although he is intellectuallyinsightful, Piggy is weak and endlessly complains about their troubles. Most ofthe other boys bully him even though his glasses are their only hope of rescue.Roger is a young lad who comes on to the island with hints of evil. He isconstantly bullying Piggy and other small kids. Roger follows Jack, who exploitshis dark side, and by the end of their adventures has committed murder as wellas many other sadistic acts. Simon is like no other boy on the island.
Simon’sgoodness and caring are shown by the way he takes care of the “littluns”.He is the only boy who discovers the beast on the island that everybody fears.Simon’s symbolism in this story offers a meaning deeper than just a young,bashful boy. The main conflict in Lord of the Flies is between Ralph and Jack.The beginning of their struggle stems from the very start of the novel whenRalph is elected chief over Jack. Jack and his hunters eventually form their owngroup apart from the others.
Uncivilized to say the least, his savages aretotally stripped of what society has impressed upon them. Ralph demands peace onthe island but to no avail. Their struggle symbolizes that of good and evil.Because he is weak and a bit chubby, Piggy is in constant conflict with theother boys who mock and bully him. Jack is the instigator in this struggle,belittling Piggy at every chance. This conflict escalates until the end of thestory when Roger kills him. The turning point of the novel occurs when Jack andhis hunters have a feast to celebrate breaking away from Ralph and forming theirown tribe. During this sadistic event, the boys are invited to join Jack andmany accept.
Everyone begins to dance and lose touch with reality and allcivilization, and when Simon crawls out of the forest with his message about thebeast, he himself is mistaken for the for it and is torn apart in by thefrenzied children. At this point Ralph loses most of his control over almost allthe kids, and Jack begins to take over. After the feast, things only get worsefor Ralph and his remaining followers. Jack and his warriors attack them onenight and steal the key to fire, Piggy’s glasses.
The next day Ralph, Piggy, andSamneric journey to Castle Rock to try to talk some sense into the savages butit was no use. Piggy, still holding the conch, desperately tries to be heardover the scuffle but Roger, the most evil of all the hunters, heaves an immenseboulder upon him, crushing both Piggy and the symbol of sanity and order, theconch. The next day Jack organizes and island-wide manhunt for Ralph. The leaderof the savages sets the bushes on fire in an attempt to flush him out. Thefugitive is chased across most of the blazing island when, with nowhere to run,he collapses at the foot of a cheerful naval officer who was attracted by thesmoke.
When Ralph recalls the atrocities that he and the other boys hadcommitted, he bursts into tears. William Golding stated that the theme of Lordof the Flies as “an attempt to trace the defects of society back to thedefects of human nature”. In this novel, he presents some serious warningsabout humanity and what is needed to mature the human race into that of a bettercivilization. In conclusion, this story is an excellent portrayal of humannature that is bound to make an impression on the reader.