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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is deep, dark, and emotional. At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys of all ages. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. They can be do anything. They attempt to forge their own society. At first, it seems that everything going well, but soon everything starts to fail. In the face of terror, sin, and evil, things start to turn to chaos. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable novel about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”

Overall, Lord of the Flies doesn't seem to be very popular, and in the beginning, I agreed. The book seemed boring and too confusing for a relaxing read. But as I thought about the book, I relieved how deep the story is. It imagines a dystopic fictional society where there are no rules. Lord of the Flies looks at the state of nature and how humanity behaves when left alone without societal rules and structures. The story is disturbing and portrays how humans act when the structure of society and the will to live no longer have meaning.

Grade Level:

- Suggested: 8th-12th

- Advanced: 7th

- Genre: Historical-fiction

- Key Elements: Stranded, group of schoolboys

- Possible Themes: Racism, the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart

Overall Rating: 4/5

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