Review: Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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Title: Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Release Date: October 1, 1999

Publisher: Penguin Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 182

Source: School book

William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first, it seems as though it’s all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious & life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic & death. As ordinary standards of behavior collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket & homework & adventure stories—& another world is revealed beneath, primitive & terrible. Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was 1st published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students ^ literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger’sThe Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought & literature. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a classic.

1 out of 5 stars

Plot:

A group of young boys crash-lands on an uninhabited island. The pilot of the plane dies so there are no adults. Everyone scatters after the plane crashes, but two people meet right away at the beginning, Ralph and Piggy. The two boys, although very different, stick together. They migrate their way to a warm spring where they swim around until they find a white conch shell. Piggy has the idea  that Ralph should blow into the conch so it makes a loud noise, thus bringing all the boys on the island to their soon-to-be meeting place. They take a vote once they’re all gathered there electing their leader. The two eldest boys, Ralph and Jack, are competing for the title of leader. Ralph ends up getting the most votes, so he then delegates jobs. The most important thing to Ralph is to keep a fire going at the top of the mountain. The purpose of it is to give off as much black smoke as they can to try and be seen by ships or planes. Something goes majorly wrong with the fire, though. What could it be? What happens to the boys? I had absolutely no desire to read this book, and after reading it I realized why. I didn’t like this book at all. It was really slow and there was so much unnecessary drama. I didn’t understand the chapters about the “beasties.” They were so pointless because they were just made up anyway. Ugh. I read this for my English II class and it is actually quite creepy. My thoughts on this book are mostly negative, and I really believe that this was just supposed to be a creepy survival story that got deemed as a classic and was over-analyzed by everyone. I really hated this book but I had to finish it. Really was about to SparkNote the whole thing because of how boring it was.

Characters:

Ugh. Alright, the characters kind of sucked in this book and were extremely boring. The main character was Ralph. The only thing he cared about was fire. Jack was another main character who only cared about hunting. The rest were kind of background characters who didn’t really add or take anything away from the story.

Who Would I Be?:

Hmm. If I had to choose I guess I’d pick Simon. Simon was the nerdy outsider who didn’t pick a side at the beginning. He didn’t really have a role other than being cute. He was a cute character, though. He was my favorite, but I still didn’t like him that much. I don’t know, when the characters are boring and the setting is fine I can get through the book, but when the setting and characters are bad I just want to throw the book across the room.

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4 thoughts on “Review: Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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  4. It was one of my favorite books when I was in middle school. I was a nerdy outcast so I identified with Simon. It is a classic book though, it’s not supposed to be an action packed page turner, it’s philosophical and it was the first of its kind when it was published.

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