“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.”
If there’s something I’m so thankful for going to school for, is when we were assigned to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding, in GSCE English Literature.
I’ve never felt so involved in a story, so eager to read more. (I read more than what we had in class, thus finishing the book in lessons, way before doing the exam itself)
A group of British boys get stranded on an island after their plane crashes. At first, the kids revel in their freedom, and lack of an authority figure. But slowly, these well educated kids turn into savages, and give way to their natural animalistic side. The political and biblical undertones of this novel are very interesting. So is symbolism of the conch shell and lord of the flies. It has a deeper meaning than what meets the eye.
- I found it disturbing, captivating, this is certainly one of the most haunting, powerful books I’ve ever read. Using a group of innocent schoolboys stranded on an island, the author very realistically portrays human behavior in an environment where civilization no longer has meaning. The overlying illustration of how easily man can devolve back to his feral instincts is striking, that depends on whether you think their true nature has revealed itself, or their humanity has been corrupted by circumstance and stress. In a world where almost every human trait is now considered a product of both nature and nurture, would Golding have written his tale differently today? I doubt it. He was quite ahead of his time to believe some of the boys, though certainly not the majority, still remained moral despite the situation.
I loved it so much that after school lent it to us to read for GCSE Eng Lit, I didn’t give it back. (Theft? or compliment to Golding?) The paper still smells like my secondary school..