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Lord of the Flies by William Golding Book Review

By Leah Ally

Volume 2 Issue 4

February 10, 2022

Lord of the Flies by William Golding Book Review

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When a plane crashes on a deserted tropical island, this leaves a group of schoolboys to fend for themselves at the start of a global war. Initially, their new, unsupervised way of life is something to rejoice over, distant from the civilization they once knew. As they attempt to rebuild their society, they begin to face the horror, sense of immortality, and evil the unfamiliar independence brings. As order collapses and night brings its reign of terror, the desire of expedition appears as far as the prospect of rescue.

Lord of the Flies is the Nobel Prize-winning British novelist William Golding’s first novel, published in 1954. Initially, Golding began writing his novel to share the evils he witnessed fighting in the Royal Navy in World War II, as well as his experience of teaching rebellious young boys. For good reasons, Lord of the Flies is a timeless classic, as its analogies to society and governance are still relevant and accurate today. The classic work of William Golding portrays the complexity and tendencies of civilization, portrayed through the eyes of a small group of boys. The absence of adult supervision is essential to the plot since it allows Golding to explore the power struggles between the boys’ efforts at government and how well they can get along. The war between order and savagery is a recurring theme throughout the book, most often seen through the conflicts between the two protagonists. Overall, I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy the mystery and adventure genres.