05 March 2014
28 February 2014
Written by William Golding
Published in 1954 by Faber and Faber, London
Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of school boys that get stranded on an inhabited island. Their airplane was taken down. The story is set during World War II. The story starts with Ralph and a boy named “Piggy” finding a conch, this becomes a very important object throughout the story. Ralph blows in it to produce a deep sound to call any other survivors. A large group of boys arrive including a boy named Jack Merridew and his choir group. The boys elect a leader. They choose Ralph. Jack isn’t happy about this. So Ralph tells him he can be leader of the choir group and they can be hunters (there are pigs on the island). After a while tension between Ralph and Jack grows and things escalate quickly. This only worsens because some of the boys believe there is a monster on the island.
I thought the story was very fascinating. Mainly because civilization started to disappear the longer they were on the island. There is a part in the book where Roger is throwing rocks at a young boy who is standing in a pool of water, but he deliberately throws miss. The longer he stays on the island though, the worse his behavior gets. He eventually tortures Sam and Eric when they’re tied up and wants to kill Ralph and put his head on a stick with both ends sharpened, just like the sow. Their good manners disappear and there are no rules, resulting in most of them turning in savages. The only form of civilization they have throughout the entire story is the conch.
The story made me think if something like this could really happen. While growing up you're guided by adults but want if there aren't any adults to supervise. What would happen?
Another thing I thought was interesting was the fact that they all started to think there was a beast on the island, when really they were just scared and the fear came from themselves. When Simon said "maybe it's only us" he was right from the start.
"Lord of the Flies" is a translation of Beelzebub, which is another name for Devil and in Christian demonology, is one of the seven princes of Hell. In the book it's the sow's head buzzing with flies around it.
'The end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall trough the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.'