What happens when a group of young boys tries to start their own government on a deserted island? Chaos and anarchy, of course.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
William Golding wrote Lord of the flies in 1954. The story takes place during a war. A group of boys gets stranded on an island after their plane crashes. A boy called Ralph has natural leadership skills, and the boys elect him as their leader. But, there is a group of boys that do not agree with his leadership. Ralph gives these boys the task of becoming hunters. He allows them to distance themselves from his leadership.
The island is abundant with pigs and fruit. The boys soon become lazy and idle. Ralph made three rules for the boys to follow. To have fun, to survive, and to keep the fire burning that would give a smoke signal to potential rescuers. They manage to make fire by using a boy called Piggy’s glasses.
As time goes by, the boys start to regress into savages. Rivalries and fighting about leadership flares up. The boys start to believe that there is a monster living on the island. They call is the beast, and soon they start to make sacrifices of pig heads to it. That is where the flies come from.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
I remember reading this book when I was still in primary school. It was the first time I realized that human nature goes far deeper and is much darker than what I thought. Living peacefully and obeying the rules need tough enough consequences to disobedience. And where there are a group of people, there will always be politics. The struggle between power-hungry people will always remain. Even in a group of little boys.
This book might become a movie with an all-female cast, which I think will be quite spectacular. If you haven’t read Lord of the flies yet, you should. Then pass the book to your kids to read it too.