Lord of the Flies
By William Golding
I enjoyed reading Lord of the Flies. It is a very easy read. There is not much that will trip you up while reading, but at some points dialogue can be hard to follow. The story is pretty well up beat and keeps you interested. Despite being older now, it is easy to relate to the kids’ decisions. You can clearly tell when they are acting out of maturity or child whim. The book is a good representation of true human nature; humans have an innate savage instinct, yet we strive for civilization. I recommend you read this book at some point in your life, it is well worth the time.
Ralph turned to the sea. The horizon stretched, impersonal once more, barren of all but the faintest trace of smoke. Ralph ran stumbling along the rocks, saved himself on the edge of the pink cliff, and screamed at the ship.
"Come back! Come back!"
He ran backwards and forwards along the cliff, his face always to the sea, and his voice rose insanely.
"Come back! Come back!"
Simon and Maurice arrived. Ralph looked at them with unwinking eyes. Simon turned away, smearing the water from his cheeks. Ralph reached inside himself for the worst word he knew.
"They let the bloody fire go out."
This excerpt marks the turning point in Lord of the Flies. It is the first time the boys’ laziness has got the better of them, despite the successful hunt. At this point in the book the boys begin to question Ralph’s authority as chief as the rift between Jack and Ralph becomes bigger.
Jack is the perfect FOIL for Ralph. Where Ralph is more humble, Jack is arrogant. Jack, unlike Ralph, puts hunting and play before the more important work such as building shelter. When the signal fire goes out as a passing ship goes by Jack is more concerned about his recent kill then not being saved. As the story progresses Ralph and Jack go head to head, competing for the leadership of the boys.
Piggy has a word to say about everything. Of all the boys Piggy is book smart and he normally shares his highly logical opinions with the group during meetings. Most of the other boys, except for Ralph, are mean to Piggy. However, Jack is by far the worst. Jack does not hesitates to berate Piggy when he speaks.
The Littluns are the young boys in the group that are too little to make important decisions. They tend to have a good time simply playing and swimming all day. Yet over time they begin to fear a “beast” that lives on the island. Despite reassurance that there is no beast , the Littluns are still afraid of what haunts the island at night.
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Putman, 1954. Print.