Overview of Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Lord of the Flies This book, Lord of the Flies, was written by English author William Golding. It was his first book and when it was published in 1954, he was 43 years old. In 1983, the author got a novel prize in literature (Bruce, 1993). The book is about tragic story of young boys in an unknown island in war time. Although the book was not great success at that time, it soon became a best-seller and it is a recommended book in the world now. It has been cinematized three times since 1963. William Golding took elite courses. He graduated Oxford University and he was a teacher. He served in the navy for a time and reinstated as teacher (Nobelprize.org). I think his intelligence and military experience formed this story. There are many boys in the island; Jack, Ralph, Piggy, Simon, Sam, Eric and so on. Jack is a character of violent leader. From the beginning, he made conflicts with Ralph as voting leader of the boys. Ralph got more votes than Jack, who was a leader of choir, so Jack had not felt good since then. He never listened others’ words and act dogmatically; for example, he threw up his duty that is keeping fire and he went to hunt to display heroism. Otherwise, Ralph is very rational and he always tries to consider all other boys. He also puts escaping as top priority. After voting, some rules were made in meeting under Ralph’s instruction and that is why Jack started to hate Ralph. Jack doesn’t want to follow some rules and just has interested in hunting, while Ralph is thinking for escaping. Piggy is a fat boy and other boys bother him calling as ‘Pig’. He has glasses that made of magnifying glass and could make fire. It is very important object in the island, but other boys don’t thank to him and take it from him. Pig... ... middle of paper ... ...arian Pull in your eyes Please, boys . . . Kill that pig! Find out the beast! Eat the pig and dance with me Look! Look! The beast is at hand! Wake me up when the feast is over Dream, it must be dream Nightmare I’m now a hunting game of the boys Wake me up and pull me out this nightmare Please, sir At first, he is a rational leader of surviving group and he just thinks about escaping. However other boys don’t follow him well and he is slowly exhausted. Then, he joins the crazy feast and he is crazy. Finally he is a hunting game of boys and it means he is Ralph. Work Cited Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Coward-McCann, 1962. Print. "William Golding Is Dead at 81; The Author of 'Lord of the Flies'" Goodreads. Bruce Lambert, 20 June 1993. Web. 10 Dec. 2013. "William Golding - Biographical." Nobelprize.org. Nobelprize.org, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.
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