Daily Archives: October 14, 2014

Lord of the Flies: An unsettling look at human nature

lord-of-the-flies-imageTitle: Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding

Summary: Lord of the Flies is a chilling story about a group of schoolboys stranded on an island after a plane crash and their descent into madness.  Starting out as a group of cooperative boys all working to survive as they wait for a passing ship to save them, slowly, the “terrors” of the island eat away at the boys until they are reduced to primal beings consumed fully by their emotions and instincts. Ralph, at the beginning, is the leader of this band of boys.  However, a power struggle soon emerges between Ralph and Jack, the leader of the choirboys.  As time goes on, the boys slowly begin to believe in a creature called “The Beast” that roams the island, and they become obsessive about trying to hunt down and kill the beast, which leads ultimately to the boys’ downfall and descent into madness.  As the book progresses, the reader faces many questions about humanity and society. Continue reading