Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies is a Nobel-Prize winning book written by William Golding in 1954. Flies has rated high on many top book lists and many consider it to be a classic of the 20th century. Though not my personal favorite, I understand the themes behind it and why the novel has been repeatedly critically acclaimed. Flies revolves around a group of British boys who have shipwrecked on an island during an unnamed nuclear war. As they try to survive and create order, their savagery is brought to light and the invented society they’ve created begins to deteriorate and then eventually collapse. This results in murder, torture, violence, and a not-so-fictional Beast’s discovery and the realization that he truly lives inside of each and every one of us. Flies has a lot of symbolism and underlying themes about how society works and how easily it can be dismantled. Every named character in this book is subject to coming in contact to some form of the Beast which gives the reader insight into their struggles and sometimes their willing descent into madness and dystopia. Ralph is the island’s athletic and charismatic protagonist. He is surprisingly civil and organized for a twelve-year-old and acts on what is best for the group as a whole rather than giving into what he himself wants to do or be. Ralph stands strongly on morality and civilization, doing as much as he can (such as building survival huts) to maximize the chances that they will be returned to the world of adults. As the novel goes on and Ralph observes the other boys as they fall prey to savagery and the Beast he , as well as Simon, realize that it is within and tries as best as he can not to fall victim to primal instinct. Ralph symbolizes civility, order, and positive leadershi... ... middle of paper ... ... out he bursts into laughter and eventually tells everyone else on the island too, although Piggy asked him not to. Nonetheless, Piggy stands by Ralph even when the others leave him and gives intellectual advice for survival and the rationalization of the horrid events that befall them. I thought that the Lord of the Flies was a slow and laborious read due to the over explanation and detail of the simplest point that Golding was trying to get across. It’s unique at first, but quickly becomes a hurdle that impedes certain points getting across and the overall enjoyment of the read. This was my main issue and although the story itself was good the writing leaved much to be desired especially in the realm of overall enjoyment. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys classics or dystopia because both of the themes presented in this novel albeit in a slow way.

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