Lord of the flies Review / Nikol Yehezkely
Author: William Golding.
A perigee Book; published by The Penguin Book Club.
Copyrighted By William Golding 1954.
Setting: The setting of this book is a solitary island within the pacific ocean and takes place at an unmentioned war which was the reason they were on a plane in the first place ; to evacuate from England. “This is an island; at least I think this is an island” (page 7), “I climbed a rock; and I think this is an island” (page 14).
At some point an atomic bomb blew up there, the island was struck with a wicked and wild wind thus bringing some radiation upon them although it isn’t mentioned in the book I felt that it is important to provide this info; I’m not saying that it caused the savagery but that they have been impaired by radiation which might have cause Simon’s hallucination but it happened mostly due to his isolation, I’ll explain later.
Where was I? Yes “But a sign came down from the world of the grown-ups, though at the time there was no child awake to hear it .There was a sudden light bright explosion and corkscrew trail across the sky” page 95.
Characters: overall there are around 3 main characters. The 1st one is Ralph a “fair haired boy” (page 7) who takes the role of chief on the island, he’s charismatic, confident, a good friend, and a natural leader type, they are the bronze while Piggy is the brain.
Piggy as I mentioned is one of the smartest kids on the island, heck he suggested to build the shelters and a clock “in the sand, among many other suggestions and his reasons are that “That’s what the grown-ups would do” indicating his trust in the authority of the adults in his life. Yes it is a childish way to put it but that thought shows maturity and as I said trust; hopefully he would give this trust to every adult, although he’s physically weak and perhaps a little annoying to some “They broke my specks, I can’t see without my specks” (1990 Henry film) both of them throughout the book never lose their sense of society and orderly mind. But the others…well here we go.
The first antagonist I’m going to mention is Jack; he’s somewhat childish proven by how he acts in the book; hunting pig and generally only caring about having fun rather than getting rescued and going home “, irresponsible, and constantly looking for a position of power When they don’t, they feel humiliated. Overtime in the book they let their madness of the need to kill and their power hunger consumes them until the point of manhunt! Alongside one of the older boys who’s a literal Sadist; Roger.
He’s excited by the thought of hurting or even killing one of the littluns named Henry, once he joined Jack’s tribe his sadistic nature was unleashed from the grasp of civilization; the reason why he’s mentioned here is that fact the reappear often enough in important roles to be ignored. Simon is the least accruing one of the main characters, I just see him as important because they let us to “get the lesson of the book” of how inside all of humanity there’s this beast , this savagery that we must not act upon but instead have laws that bring civility, order and most of all peace.
Although Simon is exactly a main character but he is very important simply because he (and Piggy) found out the truth about the beast aka Lord of the flies; they’re just the epithetic and violent nature of the boys on the island William describes was inside them all along.
Symbolism: Ralph; he symbolizes alongside piggy and the conch civility and order, Simon represents the ability to understand and one of the 2 that symbolize the innocents that the boys lost had as they slowly decent to madness within the island. The lord of the flies might be the “Yami Simon” or the darker side of his coin considering he’s most likely only in his head. Piggy represents adulthood and civility; his appearance is quite of an adult, his hair is thinning and has glasses which might appear more likely in adulthood or senile age
Jack symbolizes more of the corruption of mankind the kind which led to writing of this book and how his irresponsibility and the refusal to admit they’re wrong; that there was no monster led to this mess
Plot: An evacuation plane crashes down on a deserted island; no adults survived, there a group of boys try to survive and to be rescued to almost no avail.
Ralph finds a shell everyone calls “the conch” that they used for calling the boys for a meeting. They explored the island and one of the littluns finds sees something in a cave they thought was a beast. In their 1st meeting he was elected chief by almost everyone. Jack was elected as the lead hunter instead. He wanted to be the leader and thus was envied Ralph by the fact he wasn’t taken to the role of leadership. Ralph tells everyone that they’re going to have rules like “who has the conch gets to speak”(or from the 1990 movie or from vague memory) but an awkward stigma had arose when Ralph gave it to a littun with a mulberry birthmark that mentioned “the beastie”. Ralph said there wasn’t a beast but Jack said they would hunt for it. This has rooted all the later problems in the book.
Jack and his choir tried to hunt but failed while they were hunting they found a dead pilot on the ground. They were horrified of what they thought was a beast; they tried again and did get a pig or more logically a tuskless wild boar.
This had led to the fire to die out. They missed a boat because of this; Ralph was frustrated at the fact they let the fire out and asked “, later the littluns make a giant bon fire that gets out of control; it killed the kid with the mulberry birthmark.
Later after struggling to make shelters Ralph, Jack, and Simon went to the jungle and saw another or the same dead pilot and also thought it was the beast and now with so called evidence for the beast the children became more scared ,more perhaps superstitious?
Throughout many events in the book I’m saving for you to enjoy reading yourself The group splits to 2 and Jack’s tribe grew bigger and bigger. Eventually only Ralph remained sane if you can even call being traumatized “being sane”. As he being haunted by everyone else except for Piggy and Simon whom are both dead as far as I know. Then out of thin air comes a British navy officer because of all the smoke the fiery island had cause; everyone cries of what happened and what they had become the end.
Critique: Overall I enjoyed it too, but I do have 3 things to say. And yeah I understand that the story is about how in situations like that we shouldn’t forget what makes us well us. Our societies, our empathy, our uniqueness, and our alternative to evolution; inventing.
1. I think that “The lord of the flies” should have had a little more “page time”(from the term screen time) in the book; got introduced closer to the half point , that’s what I thought at first because I kind of glossed over the subtlety of it. Watching the movie helped with understanding the story better.
2. The way they present savagery; the writer thought that wearing face paint and using spear were signs of savagery when in fact there were lawful and orderly societies in the hunter gatherer era of our species for example the Paleo Indians. Empathy at least according to me is the basis of morality or how morality came to be so this is just kind of dumb in my opinion. But I understand what William went through which gives me the perspective of how this book and its massage were created. Then again it’s just my opinion; don’t take my critique as full fact.
3. William somewhat contradicts his book in a way…after all is we are all savages why then Ralph and Piggy didn’t join Jack’s tribe? Why didn’t Simon join to? All I’m going to say now is that I think that people can choose their fate weather it would lead to a light , neutral or dark shade of grey depends on your perspective on life and that people deserve the freedom to be whoever they want to be, even if it means offending people but not when it actually hurts someone , I learned this lesson from a different author who’s also an animator. Her name is Rebecca Sugar.
Fun facts and memes: I like the quote “them fruit” I just think it sounds funny. Hayao should have made an animated feature of this just for the horror factor. I also liked the Quotes “ass-mar”,”whizzoh!”,”I’m hungry”,” No fire; no smoke; no rescue” ,”You can’t half swim well.” And the lord of the flies himself is quite entertaining like how they said “that’s why there’s no go!” and their villainous laughter is just crookedly charming to read out loud.
Conclusion: this is a great but dark read for those who are fans of what I call “British adventure books” and even if you’re in the same obligation of reading like I did then remember, have fun and be sure to act wisely. If you care about literature or just looking for good grades I think you should give this book a read or 2.
This was Digicraftmon The Crystal Gem and aka Nikol Yehezkely and Bingo Bongo!