William Golding's The Lord of the Flies

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The Lord of the Flies The Lord of the Flies was written by William Golding, and the book was copywrited in 1954. William Golding is a renowned English novelist, playwright, and poet of over 62 works. Some of his more famous works include; The Inheritors, Darkness Visible, The Spire, Pincher Martin, and many others. In 1983 William Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for The Lord of the Flies. Before winning the Nobel Prize in Literature for The Lord of the Flies, Golding won the Booker Prize in literature for his novel Rites of Passage, book number one of the To the Ends of the Earth trilogy. Golding was one of the few writers to be inducted into the Royal Society of Literature. Queen Elizabeth II knighted Golding in 1988 for his great accomplishments in literature. William Golding was one of the greatest British writers. The Lord of the Flies takes place on a deserted island in the late 1950's. A plane full of adolescent boys is shot down during a war, and the plane crashes onto a deserted island. The first characters met in the story are Ralph and Piggy. They soon realize that they are deserted on an island with no adults. At first Ralph finds it exhilarating to have no adult supervision, he even decides to have fun and goes swimming. He has fun until Piggy reminds him that they are stuck on an island and may not be saved. Piggy and Ralph then set to find other survivors. The two boys find a conch shell and decide to use it as a signal for other. Soon after Ralph and Piggy blow on the conch shell, many other boys find their way to the beach. The group of young boys decide they need to form some sort of society. They vote that one of the older boys should be the leader of the group. Right away Ralph wants to c... ... middle of paper ... ...m each other in age, they tend to have different views of being on their own. Huck was living with others and ran away to be on his own, and Ralph was sent on his own because of a plane crash and is trying to be saved. Both characters find an ally that they normally wouldn't associate with, Huck finds a black slave and Ralph finds a chubby, nerdy, little kid. Both characters struggle with figuring out right and wrong through out their respective novels. Between both novels' characters there are multiple differences and similarities. As a whole, the novels are very different from their settings to their plots. After reading both The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Lord of the Flies, my mind has been awakened to the opportunities in literature. Works Cited Golding, William. Lord of the flies. New York: Coward-McCann, 1962. Print.

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