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Lord of the Flies5




Lord of the Flies

By: William Golding

This was the most interesting book I have ever read. It is sort of a cross
between Alive and Hatchet. Because the book is extremely addictive and
written so superbly, it did not take long for me to get into and finish it.

The characters were probably the most interesting element in Lord of the
Flies. All British and male, the young boys in this story portray the
savagery and sadistic nature to which all but a few succumb. The other boys
are the only symbol of sanity on the island. There is also a very
interesting conflict between Ralph and Jack. In essence, this is the eternal
struggle between good and evil. The ending of the novel concludes in a
gut-wrenching showdown between the two.

The only thing I disliked about this book is that sometimes Golding's
writing style was a little hard to follow. The main problem was that the
boy's British accents made it difficult to understand what they meant. This
problem appeared in few spots, however, and for the most part the book was
easy to read.

I think that males would enjoy this book mainly because of the fact that all
the characters were boys. It also appeals to a person with good literary
insight who can understand Golding's symbolism. This book also made a very
good movie which portrays the story well.

I did have a favorite character in this book. His name is Simon. Simon is
peculiar in that he likes to be alone and take long walks into the jungle
while most of the other boys play. He also discovers the beast that every
one on the island fears. Ultimately, he discovers the true source of evil,
the Lord of the Flies, and is later betrayed by his friends.

Being an enthusiastic and long time book reader, I think Lord of the Flies
is a great book. It is very intriguing and seems to place a terrible spell
over the reader who gets lured into this arousing adventure. I spent four
days reading this book and only put it down during meals. Lord of the Flies
kept my interest with very little slow moving dialogue and lots of vivid
description. For me this book ranks right up there with Clockwork Orange and
The Last Herald Mage. All of these books have incredible story lines with
non-stop adventure. They also all seem to address some of the controversial
subjects facing our society today.

The thing I probably liked the most about Lord of the Flies was the theme of
the story. This topic was very intriguing. It dealt with the many flaws and
desires of human nature, and how devastating these factors can be to a
culture with no directions or order to follow. I enjoyed how the story
showed that even the youngest and most innocent of humans strive for power
over everything and will stop at nothing until he achieves that power. The
theme shows the greed that has been bred into all humans.

There was very little I disliked about this book. The mood was a little dark
and depressing but that just added to the setting. Probably the one thing
that could have been improved upon was William Golding's writing style. He
tended to skip around sometimes and use difficult dialect and terms that can
confuse the reader, but this happened rarely. I think all serious readers
would like this book. Probably the people who could enjoy this book the most
would be the faithful followers of Science Fiction and Adventure novels who
might enjoy the stranger aspects of life. I also think readers who are
interested in human behavior would relish this book because of the way it
portrays the many sides of human nature, values, and morals.

I will probably read this book again. It was such a good novel it might
possibly end up in my personal library. Lord of the Flies was also made into
a great movie that captured the best aspects of the book. The best lesson I
learned from Lord of the Flies is that people can not let one thing control
their whole life. They can not let greed control their every action and
thought so that it corrupts them into acting on an evil purpose. Lord of the
Flies was a great novel and I know when ever I think about this book, the
scene I see is one of a young boy talking to a bloody pig's head on a stick
in the middle of a beautiful, sunny little field, scattered with bright
flowers.

Review by: Travis Donovan (4-96)

Lord of the Flies is an action-packed book which takes place on an
uninhabited island after a plane full of English boys is shot down. Told
from a third-person omniscient point-of-view, this story's mood is extremely
bleak because it deals so profoundly with the dark side of humanity.

The protagonist in Lord of the Flies is Ralph. At the beginning of the story
he is described as being a playful child, but towards the end he matures
significantly. He is one of the few boys who realizes that the only way to
survive is through peace and order. Because he summons the boys at the
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