Review: Lord of the Flies

Book Review

84943Title: Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Publisher: Perigee

Publish Date: May 2006 (1st published 1954)

Genres: Classics, Young Adult, Dystopian

William Golding’s classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, “the boy with fair hair,” and Piggy, Ralph’s chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island’s wild pig population. Soon Ralph’s rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: “He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet.” Golding’s gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition. –Jennifer Hubert

So, I ended up having to read this book for my PIB English 1 class, so we already know I didn’t like it. I’m joking, but it isn’t going to be one of my favorites.

Lord of the Flies is about a group of schoolboys who get stranded on an island without adults, cue mass chaos. Lord of the Flies revolves mainly around the concept of what happens when you’re left without authority. At least that’s what I got from reading this.

The MC would be Ralph and he’s considered the chief by the other boys, but Jack (aka the antagonist) won’t have that so he ends up trying to assume the position of chief throughout the whole novel. Ralph was an OK character, he didn’t really have much of a personality and he was a terrible leader (let’s be honest). Jack was so annoying, I honestly hated him throughout the whole book. There are also multiple other characters, but the main ones would be Simon, Piggy, Roger, and Sam and Eric. My favorite character would be Simon, since he’s the only one who had any sense in this entire book.

Like I said before the plot mainly revolves around a bunch of boys on an island without authority. The plot was pretty dull throughout the book, except for a few moments of excitement. The book’s synopsis is about how a third world war has started, but the author doesn’t add any further details on that subject. It would’ve been nice if there were more details on that subject.

Another thing I don’t get about this book, is how quickly the boys become barbaric. I know most boys are extremely rambunctious and can be mean, but I don’t think they would descend into chaos so quickly. The ending of this book is sort of a deus ex machina. I didn’t really like the ending very much because of the way it ended.

Overall Lord of the Flies is sort of good, but I don’t recommend it (unless you have to read it for your English class).


 3/5 Cauldrons


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