A very interesting story of how everyone can lose their minds, turning some turn into savages and others into animals. Good suspense. Great addition to the utopia/dystopia genre.
Animal Instincts coming out
the author does a great job at depicting our animal instincts kicking in when is a matter of life and death......I love the fact that the characters are kids......now on to the movie!
The Lord of the Flies
The Lord of the Flies was bittersweet for me. Here's some reasons why.
I loved what Golding was doing here. I loved how he portrayed innocent schoolboys turning into violent savages. At first, the boys set up a democracy of sorts, by voting for Ralph as their leader. That is soon destroyed, with Jack being the catalyst. He started out as a boy who think rules are necessary, to one who thinks they are nonsense. And some of their ritual scenes were downright insane, especially the one involving Simon. The fact that the Lord of the Flies is in all of them is interesting, too.
I also loved what Golding was saying about the adult world. Throughout most of the novel, the boys wish they had adults there to help guide them on the right path. However, in the skies above them, adults are killing each other because they can't agree on anything. Golding is showing that this is not a novel about how lack of adult supervision will lead kids to do bad things. It's about humanity as a whole. The boys represent different ideologies, and when those idologies don't agree, the inevitable solution is to fight.
However, I didn't care about the characters at all. Certain characters would die, and I honestly wouldn't care at all. Maybe it's becuase this is a short novel, and the reader wasn't given enough time to become emotionally attached to the characters. I know this is meant to be an allegory for human nature, and the characters are not the most important, but I still like to become attached to characters, and feel for them when they die.
The ending also left something to be desired. It just sort of dropped off. I get that the boys are leaving one world of chaos for another, but it was still a little disappointing.
Overall, I suggest you read it. I liked it, and think it's an important book to read.
One other important thing of note: In the scene where Jack and the gang are killing a mother pig, take note of Golding's diction. Does it remind you of something other than just a killing?
It is a great book to read for many reasons. The writing is great. It is also a great study on human nature. It is the perfect example on why anarchy can not work. Human nature does not allow a society without hierachy to function. It all falls apart in the end. Also when one reads the book, one can also get a lot of pop culture references to the book like the conch, and piggy. The Simpsons has a funny rendition of the novel as well. The part about where the title is explained is trippy as all hell. Great book. I recommend this to anybody that has not read this book already.