Not recently, but few months ago on my summer vacation I read a really fantastic book entitled, ‘Lord of the Flies’. This is one of my favorite classic books.
This book was quite violent for me because the description about how boys killed each other was very touching and made me become frightened.
Now I will stop talking about how the book was because I think I need to mention the summary of this book and make a review.
***P.S. This is the translation of the article from acting as a reporter at the national library for children and young adult.***
The book, ‘Lord of the Flies’ cannot be excluded even if we just say CLASSIC BOOKS. This book is about after the plane crash which was boarding boys in order to evacuate them when the nuclear war started and the main character Ralph searching for the way to survive. He-Ralph-asserted to light the signal fire and build the shelters to be rescued. At first, the things had gone smooth without any problems as time went by the boys began to play with each other. Especially, a boy named Jack, always went for hunting and did not take care of the signal fire which he was responsible for. Due to Jack’s unmindful behavior, Jack and Ralph who had been best friends together began to split up. Now, the other boys began to split up into two sides-Ralph’s side and Jack’s side-but, most of the boys went to Jack’s side. Jack’s hunting party tuned into barbarian
by killing the pigs and they began to feel no sense of guilt even from killing other boys.
In this part, the book depicts a horrendous thing-if a person commits killing, then after that even though he/she commits it again, they will not feel the guilt anymore.
After that, because of Jack and others the boys named Simon and Piggy become dead. The death of the two boys made Ralph to become alone and Jack tried to kill Ralph because he thought Ralph is dangerous.
However, why is the title of this book is ‘Lord of the Flies’? Even though, the flies only appears for few pages why would the title become ‘Lord of the FLIES’? I think this is because the part when the flies gather around a pig’s head shows the corruption of the society metaphorically. Moreover, in this book Simon who got killed from other boys symbolizes a priest, Piggy who was intellectual but died from a death of a fall symbolizes a civilized person, Jack who killed numerous boys as well as the leader of the hunting party represents a dark person(uncivilized) and finally Ralph means the leader of a community.
‘Lord of the Flies’ is also a political allegorical novel having many characters related to the roles in politics. By the conch used for lots of moral satires and convoking assemblies, the specs broken by Jack and other things give meanings symbolically. Like these ‘Lord of the Flies’ shows the inner ambition, people corrupting due to power, an urge to control and etc. Therefore, if you are interested in classic books and want to know how William Golding lampooned the society, I really recommend you to read this book.
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