Book review of Lord of the FliesI have chosen to write a book review about the book Lord of the Flies. Lord of the Flies is a novel first published in 1954 by Faber and Faber Limited and written by the Nobel Prize-winning British author Sir William Golding. The book tells the story of the unfortunate events a group of boys experience after a plane crash. The author depicts the chronology of events that lead the group of young boys from hope to disaster when they try to survive their unsupervised, uncivilized and isolated attempt on society until they are rescued.
I chose to read this book because of it is reputation. I have heard several times from different people that Lord of the Flies is a great book and should be read at least once. I took this assignment as an excellent opportunity to read it. But not only did the reputation of the book interest me but the general theme and deeper look on ideologies and how we humans use them. In the beginning of Lord of the Flies, a group of British boys aged 6 to 12 experience a plane crash on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. All alone without adults, the boys are left to fend and govern themselves. Things start out okay, Ralph finds a conch shell and thinks it would be a good idea to use it as a talking stick, and Ralph, one of the older boys, becomes “chief” by vote.The book starts with a group of british boys aged 6 to 12 experiencing a plane crash.
All alone without adults they are left to come up with a way of surviving. Because of them not knowing of their future rescue they will have to establish a form of society that they will want to live in for the And then trouble begins. They are afraid of a “beast” somewhere on the island. Ralph decides that the boys should build a signal fire using the glasses of a boy named Piggy. But Jack, jealous of Ralph’s power, thinks the boys should devote their energies to hunting instead of maintaining the fire.
The gore and blood of hunting a pig is all very exciting until they realize that, while they were out being bloodthirsty boys, the fire went out and a ship passed by without noticing them. One night, an aerial battle occurred above the island, and a casualty of the battle floats down with his opened parachute. The mysterious parachuting creature is mistaken for the beast, and the boys set out to kill it. Only Simon is skeptical, believing instead they are really just afraid of themselves. Jack and Ralph ascend the mountain and find the beast but do not stick around long enough to see that it is only a dead man.Back in the group, things take a turn for the worse and Jack decides Ralph should not be chief anymore. He secedes and invites whoever wants to come with him and kill things, most of the older kids go with him.
Meanwhile, Simon decides to go up the mountain to face the beast and discovers that it is in fact a dead pilot hanging by a parachute.By now, Ralph and Piggy are attending a sizeable feast that Jack is hosting . It is all a frenzied reenactment of the pig hunt until Simon, still bloody, sweaty, and covered in his own puke, stumbles down into the center of the crazed boys. He tries to tell them about the beast, but they do not recognize him and attacks him with their spears until he dies. Ralph and Piggy try to convince themselves they did not take part in murdering Simon.it all goes downhill.
Jack’s crew attacks Ralph and Piggy and steals Piggy’s glasses to make fire on their own. When Ralph and Piggy decide to calmly talk it out with the “savages,” Roger pushes a huge boulder off a cliff, killing Piggy. Ralph ends up running for his life and hides in a forest. and at last makes it to the shore of the island where he runs into… an officer of the British Navy. Ralph tries to explain all the horrible things that have occurred on the island Needs some refiningRalph:In the book Ralph represents organization and civilization. He is the one who sets up the meeting and tries to bring the boys together to form a functioning village/camp.
He is attractive, charismatic, and decently intelligent. He also demonstrates obvious common sense and as the reader you often feel like you agree with him. A natural leader and diplomat.
At page 228-30 during the first meeting amongst the boys, Ralph says: “Seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things.” to indicate to the youngins that they should form a way to govern themselves. Thus Ralph tries to create stability and a society.
Jack:Jack represents the dark side of humanity, he represents evil and violence. He is the one who guides the other boys in to a more tribal and brutal way of surviving their stay on the island. He is also the one to lead the mutiny of Ralph and Piggys attempt on a civilized society. Jack is playing on the more savage instincts of the younger boys such as hunting and fighting. At page 238-241 Jack starts questioning the leadership of Ralph, he says: “And you shut up! Who are you, anyway? Sitting there telling people what to do. You can’t hunt, you can’t sing—” Ralph responds with: “I’m chief. I was chosen.
” but Jack does not care about what was voted for, he cares about what he thinks is most important. The ability to hunt, fight and apparently, sing, “Why should choosing make any difference?” he says. 5) Where and in what time does the story take place? Try to find indications of time and place (there might not always be a specific time/place indicated), try to pay attention to how different places and events are described and what their role is. Concentrate on one our two places of interest in your text and support your description with at least two quotations. Use about 120 – 150 words.The book takes place on a remote tropical island. There are some indications of when the story is taking place. One might first receive some general implications that the book takes place close or around some war since they are talking about the war that is going on and they were trying to escape it.
More specifically you can tell that it is the second world war that takes place during the book because in the beginning of the book piggy mentions that the pilot talked about an atomic bomb and atomic bombs were first relevant in world war 2. 6) What are the major themes in the book in your opinion? What is the message of the book? Describe them in a few sentences and add at least two quotations to support your opinion. Relate why you picked them and what they mean, too.Lord of the flies does not lack of themes. There is the theme of civilization against anarchy or savagery in which Ralphs society and order, clash with Jack’s savagery instincts and impulses. This theme occurs several times in the story, one of the times is when Ralph and Piggy is trying to convince all the boys in Jack’s savage tribe that deep down they know that Ralphs society is better. “Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up”, “Which is better–to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?” chapter 11.
Inside this conflict was also the theme of humans evil nature. This theme, just as the other theme, is a core theme of the book and is hinted often. One time this theme occurs is when the group of boys are rescued in the very end of the book and Ralph cries in front of the adult man: “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”, another time is when in a meeting, Simon speaks up, “maybe there is a beast.”, “maybe it’s only us.”. Both the background of the author and the time in which the book is written is certainly relevant to the book. William Golding’s was a world war 2 veteran which of course is relevant to the book because the story likely takes place during the world war 2.
The book was also published in 1954 which means it was probably written during or after the historically important event of world war 2Personally i find this book interesting. I do not find it particularly hard to read and you do not easily lose interest. I would recommend this book because of its difficult themes that are still somehow easy to understand. I did not however find the book amusing, rather than a positive book the distribution of emotions is more sad, happy, sad, sad, sad.