Story Review: Lord of the Flies

Story Review: Lord of the Flies

  • Submitted By: PINK11
  • Date Submitted: 01/26/2010 1:53 PM
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I’m writing this paper to show the main idea of the novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding. In the novel, the main idea is expressed through the actions of the young children stranded on an island, wanting to be rescued. This idea of self-reliance is a key factor in explaining the difficulties of the survival of the fittest.

The setting of the novel plays a major role in depicting the conditions of the characters. A deserted tropical island, exemplifies the realities of the characters independence on the island freedom the outside world. This helps show the reader the actuality of having no source of food or shelter, and learning how to provide for one’s self to survive.

In the beginning of the novel, the two main characters Ralph and Piggy survived a brutal plane crash, and find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere on a deserted island. At first, just Ralph and Piggy are on the island until they find the rest of the boys who had also survived the plane crash. In order to survive, the boys decided on creating a system in which each person received a certain task they were to uphold as long as they were to stay on the island. The children began to develop plans, in order to get rescued, they relied on this for their basic needs of survival. Through this the reader is able to understand the main idea of surviving under strict situations, such as living on a island with no signs of civilization.

The author wants to show how the boys are able to provide food, shelter and entertainment for themselves. Golding explains this with much details and information for the reader to imagine the struggles the young boys face. “Been working for days now. And look!” “Two shelters were in position, but shaky. This one was a ruin.” “And they keep running off. You remember the meeting? How everyone was going to work hard until the shelters were finished?”(Golding 50) They wanted to find ways to be successfully rescued from the...

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