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.

I kept reading this book because: The nature of this book really interested me since it showed how one author portrayed human nature and the human instinct.  It was especially convincing because the main characters in the book were only children, and children generally follow their instincts when there is no adult around to tell them what to do.  Also, the dialogue is very convincing, emulating exactly what one would have thought the dialogue to have been.

Overall, Lord of the Flies takes an unsettling look at human nature and is brilliantly written.  The book has been challenged many times, but has also been a part of the core curriculum for many schools throughout the nation.  Considered one of the best books written in the last century by Time Magazine, this book definitely deserves its recognition.  The themes and motifs in this book require deep pondering for a full and rewarding experience, so be sure to think about them as you read!

–Matthew, Lake City, Teen Blogger


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