Reviewed by Malik Williams-Hollis
Civilization vs. Savagery
The author of Lord of the Flies is William Golding and was published by the Penguin Group. Lord of the Flies was published September 1954. The book’s genres are the following: fiction, young-adult fiction, novel and speculative fiction. The setting is on an island with no human life and the time period is during a fictional war. The plot of this story is that a bunch of boys get stranded on this unknown island with no adults and have to figure out how to survive on their own. By reading the book it will become obvious which boys really want to get off the island and be rescued, and which boys want to kill, steal, and destroy any attempts of leaving the island.
The most intriguing character in the book is Ralph, because he is considerably the civilized character in this story. Ralph is looked upon as the natural born leader in the book. He is the one who will put his duties before his own needs and wants. Also in the story, Ralph makes some decisions that show he knows what needs to be done in order to survive.
The central conflict in the book is the clash between civilization (the boys who want to be rescued) and savagery (the boys who want to kill, steal, and destroy). The boys chose whether to be civilized or savage and because of this there is a fight amongst them on which side is correct for survival. The resolution to the book is that towards the end of the fight the boys run into an adult, who is in the navy, that comes ashore and the adult rescues them and takes the boys away.
The theme of Lord of the Flies is that there is always a conflict between civilization (doing what’s right) and savagery (doing what’s wrong). "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy." (pg. 202). This quote is universal to the theme because, many people have truly lost their innocence to the corrupt system of this world and the people who chose to be savage (wanting to kill, steal, destroy etc.) have truly lost their care and respect for others.
My rating of this book is a 5 out of 5, because it shows the conflict between civilization and savagery and also because the book was eye catching with its choice of diction. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a riveting historical fiction book. A further recommendation, if you like this book, would be The Inheritors and Pincher Martin written by the same author, William Golding. Thanks for taking the time to read my review, I hope you really like the book.
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Penguin Group, 1954. Print