Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

This book was about a group of boys who plane crashed on an uninhabited island. The pilot dies but most of the boys survive.  The first two boys who find each other are Ralph and a boy nicknamed Piggy. Ralph finds a conch and blows to gather and find the rest of the boys.  Realizing there are no adults, they name Ralph chief and he leads them to explore the island.  Over time Ralph comes up with rules.   The main one being to keep a fire on the mountaintop in case a ship passes.  Jack, whose in charge of hunting doesn't keep the fire going because he focuses on hunting and lets a ship pass.  Instead of being outraged, the boys celebrate chanting "Kill the pig, Cut her throat, Bash her in". Ralph and Piggy become upset with the boys behavior and have a meeting to criticize them.   Meanwhile some show concern for a "beast" that they think is on the island.  Later, the twins Sam and Eric are gathering wood when they see a dead pilot (who parachuted and landed on the island) and mistake it for the beast.  After hearing the news the boys decide to search the island and hunt the beast.  On the hunt Jack kills a boar and the resumes their chant.  When they get back Ralph dismisses the hunters again leading to an argument where Jack wants Ralph to no longer be chief.  No one agrees with him and he runs to the other side of the island in tears.  However, one by one the boys (except Piggy, Sam, and Eric) change their mind because they are annoyed with Ralph's persistence in having a fire.  Jack has a feast to celebrate and leaves the pigs head on a stick as a gift to the beast.  Meanwhile Simon is wandering around and finds the pigs head with flies around it and calls it the Lord of the Flies.  He imagines it talking to him but then later sees the dead pilot and realizes the boys mistake when he goes down to tell the boys what he found they mistake him for the beast, tackle him, and kill him.  Later that night Jacks tribe attacks the four boys for Piggy's glasses (what was being used to start the fire).  After the attack, the four boys decide to groom themselves and go to castle rock (where Jack's tribe is staying) and appeal as civilized people as appose to Jacks tribe who are naked and painted with clay.  When Jack doesn't listen to Ralph, Ralph calls them "painted fools", and Piggy asks "Is it better to be a pack of painted Indians or sensible like Ralph?"  But Roger tips a rock to hit Piggy and he falls off the mountain and dies.  Sam and Eric are ordered to be tied up and Ralph is chased out with spears hurled at him.  He hides for the night but the next day he gets chased again and manages to stab two people or as he calls them savages.  Then they smoke out the island burning everything including the fruit, to close him in and kill him.  But as he runs towards the beach a naval officer with his ship is waiting for them having seen the fire.  When he sees the boys he thinks their playing and scolds them for their wild behavior.  

 

This book connects with me because I learned many lessons from the book. For example one I learned was how society affects our  natural state of evilness. On the island, Jack and the other acted violent with their rituals for cutting the pig and other things like when they tried killing "the beast" (when they really killed Simon). However the thing that motivates their evilness is the thing they fear, the beast. In the real world they wouldn't be able to do any of this in the first place.  Another book I read similar to this is The Hunger Games. The summary and situations are different in the books, but they both show the same concept of savagery vs. civility. This connects to the world because it can make you think of what can happen if there is no proper government or order, and why it's important to have a proper and good leader. In the book when the boys no longer listened and followed the rules they acted as "savages". Under Ralph's leadership they, worked together and could've been rescued soon. But under Jack's leadership they made unwise decisions and did what ever they wanted, instead of what would contribute to the bigger goal.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books that make you think.  However I would mostly recommend this to adults because the conflict can be indirect and confusing, and at some points the book is difficult to understand.   This book includes suspense, action, surprise.  And it's interesting how the book reveals the personality's and traits of the characters.  Overall I would say it's a good book.