Lord of the Flies

30 04 2008

Lord of the Flies

By William Golding


Lord of The Flies is a novel about a group of young boys stranded on an island. While they were on a plan evacuating from their school, it gets shot down by enemies and burns up. Only the young boys are the ones who survive, unfortunately all the adults die. The older boys elect a leader and create a system to live by. They attempt to live as civilized adults by voting and always consulting with the group. But this way of living does not continue throughout the book. One of the boys who is one of the strongest and boldest decides to challenge the leader; This turns the group into a mob. The new leader’s commands become more irrational and savage until the group/mob begins killing former leaders. But once a passing ship comes to the island and there is adult authority due to seeing smoke of the fires they set the savage, wild boys turn back into obedient school boys. But ironically the ship turns out to be a “navy destroyer” trying to hunt down enemy ships.


I think that Golding created a very creative and intense novel. I believe that it was very apparent to see Golding’s philosophy through this novel. His philosophy being that mostly all humans are born evil which is simple to see in this novel due to the transition the boys make throughout the book, from nice school boys to a wild, tribe-like mob. Overall I do not think that this book was as dangerous as perceived. The novel would not have been as successful or entertaining if Golding did not include the “dangerous” elements like violence or profanity.

Why is this book “dangerous?”:

It was challenged in Dallas, at Sully Buttes High School, at Owen High School (NC), at Marana High School (Arizona), at Olney Independent School Distric (TX),  in Lincoln, Nebraska, and in the Waterloo schools (Iowa). It is banned because of profanity, violence, cruelty, striking parts about sex and statements insulting to minorities, God, women and the disabled, and it does not represent values at home.




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