Author: Golding, William
“Lord of the Flies” is a novel about a group of young English school boys stranded on a tropical island. These boys started by trying to rebuild the societal structure of a modern civilization, like electing leaders and creating their own language.
But these boys, free from the constrictions of adults, rules and civilization, slowly descend into savagery. Especially the group of boys in charge of hunting, they became very rebellious and vicious. The hunters’ leader, Jack, eventually threw over the governing leader, Ralph, and reconstructs their own ‘government’. In the end, three boys were killed, one was killed in a fire and two were killed by other boys. But those who survived were rescued by a naval officer and they regretted their actions.
Although this is a fictional novel, William has explored into the ideas of the savagery and evil in human thoroughly by telling a story. He uses many characters and objects to help him convey different messages, like spectacles represents reason and logic, conch shell shows law and orders and fire acts as the only hope for the boys.
If I have a chance, I would like to try and live on that island, where it is far away from civilization and rules. It is a very special experience as you get to build up your own civilization and construct the kind of society you like. But the actions of the English boys really disgust me. They have totally lost their conscience and became barbarians.
Even though Ralph had been protecting the weak and innocent ones, I do not like him. This is because he was unable to stand up for his people and he also gave in to his violent instincts and participated in the killing of a boy, Simon. But of course, the person who I hate the most is Jack as he was too vicious and crazy. He and his comrades would attack and kill anyone who was against them.
But I would recommend this book to others. It is a thought-provoking and chilling novel. This...