Lord Of Flies
This was one of the most interesting books I have ever read. It is very
addictive and very well written. Though I am a slow reader, it did not take long
for me to finish it. I spent four days reading this book and on weekends I put
it down during meals. Lord of the Flies kept my interest with very little slow
moving dialogue and lots of vivid description. The thing I probably liked the
most about Lord of the flies was the theme of the story. This topic was very
intriguing. It dealt with many flaws and desires of human nature, and how
devastating these factors van be to a culture with no directions or rules to
follow. I enjoyed how the story showed that even the youngest and most innocent
of humans strive for power over everything and will stop at nothing until he
achieves that power. The theme shows the greed that has been bred into all
humans. The characters were probably the second most interesting element in Lord
of the Flies. All British boys in this story portray a savagery and sadistic
nature to which all but a few succumb. The other boys are the only symbol of
sanity on the island. There is also a very interesting conflict between Ralph
and Jack. Actually I might say it was a struggle between good and evil. The
beginning of their struggle stems from the very start of the novel when Ralph is
elected chief over Jack. Jack and his hunters eventually form their own group
apart from the others. Uncivilized to say the least, his savages are totally
stripped of what society has impressed upon them. Ralph demands peace on the
island but to no avail. The turning point of the novel occurs when Jack and his
hunters have a feast to celebrate breaking away from Ralph and forming their own
tribe. During the sadistic event, the boys are invited to join Jack and many
accept. Everyone begins to dance and lose touch with reality and all
civilization, and when Simon crawls out of te forest with his message about the
beast, he himself is mistaken for it and is torn apart by the frenzied children.

At this point Ralph loses most of his control over almost all the kids, and Jack
begins to take over. After the feast, things get worse for Ralph and his
remaining followers. Jack and his warriors attack them one night and steal their
source of fire – Piggy’s glasses. The next day Ralph, Piggy and Samneric
journey to Castle Rock to try to talk some sense into the savages, but they
don’t succeed. Piggy still holding to the conch, desperately tries to be heard
over the scuffle but Roger, the most evil of all the hunters, heaves an immense
boulder upon him, crushing both Piggy and the symbol of sanity and order – the
conch. The next day Jack organizes a manhunt for Ralph. The leader of the
savages sets the bushes on fire in an attempt to flush him put. The fugitive is
chased across most of the island and finally collapses at the feet of a naval
office who was attracted by the smoke. William Golding stated that the theme of

Lord of the Flies as "an attempt to trace the defeats of society back to the
defects of human nature". The only thing I disliked about this book is that
sometimes Golding’s writing style was a little hard to follow. The main
problem was that the boy’s talk was hard to understand. This problem appeared
in few spots, however, and for the most part the book was easy to read. There
are many themes in the novel: the aspects of social activities, basic needs of
society, ecological balance and use of resources, the problem of evil in man.

These all themes were very well revealed. Especially the problem of evil in man
and the basic needs of society are very well showed. He 3 main characters of the
novel to my mind are: Ralph, Jack and Piggy. Ralph is an attractive boy and a
natural leader, the sort of intelligent, well-adjusted, athletic boy who easily
might become the idol of his schoolmates. We meet him in the first chapter as he
leads the way out of the jungle while Piggy lumbers after him. That he is
fair-haired suggests that he is a child of fortune, one who is blessed by nature
with grace, strength, and luck. There is recklessness to his manner. He