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Oct 14

Teens Review: Lord of the Flies

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 4:35 PM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Reviewer: Blain H.
Rating: 5 Stars

Lord of the Flies coverLord of the Flies is a novel about a group of young boys who get stranded on a remote, deserted island. After realizing that there are “no grownups!”, a boy named Ralph appoints himself as leader. He finds a conch shell and blows into it, and it makes a loud, powerful sound that draws the rest of the boys to him. When they all get to Ralph, he announces that he is leader. Up on the “stage” with him is his friend Piggy, who he met shortly after arriving on the island. As more and more boys gather around Ralph, we also meet a boy named Jack who is in charge of a group of choir boys also stranded on the island. Another boy on the island’s name is Simon, and he may seem insignificant when he is first introduced, but he will play a big role in the book later.

Ralph’s first decision as leader is to make a fire so that passing ships can see and rescue them. This seemingly simple task is the cause of many arguments and fights between the boys. Jack, who wants to be the leader very badly, takes his choir boys and starts to hunt. After many attempts, he manages to kill a pig. They take the body for themselves, and put the head of the pig on a stick as a symbol of dominance. This event is very symbolic and has a great effect on later events in the book. One day while Jack and the choir boys are out hunting, the fire goes out. At the same time, there is a passing ship, and it can’t come rescue the boys because it doesn’t see the fire. This causes a huge argument between Ralph and Jack, and the result is the formation of two groups on the island. One group consists of Ralph and Piggy, and the other consists of everyone else. Towards the end of the book, the two groups start to war against each other. Read the book to find out the fate of the boys stranded on the remote island.

I would strongly recommend this book because it is a classic novel, and has a very captivating plot. There is a lot of symbolism in this book as well, and you can go back and make some interesting connections throughout the book. I personally loved this book because I like books that are fiction, and take place in a somewhat dystopian environment. If you like books that are somewhat disturbing but also adventurous, Lord of the Flies is the book for you.

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