The Cinematic Interpretations of The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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The Cinematic Interpretations of The Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The two cinematic versions of William Golding's Lord of the Flies are

very different. They still both deal dramatically with the basic

theme, of a group of boys who have come from a strict and ordered

background to becoming like savages, hunting, and killing like

blood-thirsty animals. The book deals with issues which relate to the

Cold War between the United States of America and Russia which is

better reflected in the Brook version rather than the Harry Hook

version. I generally think this is because at the time when the Brook

version was made, the world was under nuclear threat which made it

easier for people to understand the consequences of war and what

devastation could be caused if a war was taking place.

There are clear differences between the Peter Brook version of the

film and the Hook version. Obviously the Hook version is more

technical due to it being made at a later date. But there are also

differences within the film which add to the drama and the suspense.

One key difference is that Harry introduces us to a pilot in his

version, whereas in Brook’s version he sticks to the book and shows

nothing about any pilot. Other main modifications that Harry Hook has

made on the Brook version are not only changes in the text but in the

group of boys which get stranded on the island. In the Brook version

the boys are a group of young British public school boys, whereas in

the newer version Hook has introduced us to a group of American

cadets. Both of these are a good idea as the background of both

groups of boys are the same more or less: follow st...

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stick, which makes the film far more easily to relate to. The

disappointing side to the film is that in some areas the American

accent can come over quite strong and can be difficult to understand.

This is where I feel the Brook version is better due to the language

and accent used.

Conclusively I feel both films are giving out the message that laws

and rules are definitely necessary to keep the darker side of human

nature in line, when even all elements of civilization disappear on

the island, the boys revert to a more primitive part of their nature,

and they turn into savages and anarchy replaces democracy. Society

holds everyone together and without civilization and rules, the boy’s

ideals, values, and basic ideas of what is right and wrong is

forgotten, and the evils of human nature emerge.
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