Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.
I say: I honestly have no idea how many times I’ve read this. As a child/teen I was obsessed with the last moments of the story and would re-read the entire book just to feel that sense of relief.Was that a spoiler?
As always, I don’t really know what to say when I have to review re-reads. I always give it 5/5 because it’s pure perfection in every sense of the word, and it brings up so many questions about humanity. I had to read this for uni and, as per usual, having discussed it and written an essay about it I’m sort of bored of talking about it. However, I will say that the most interesting question this brings out is whether or not there is inherent evil in man?Or, in this case, boy.
I believe that we all have good and evil inside of us and that the circumstances and consequences dictate which side we choose to turn to. Ralph and Piggy obviously want to make the new society work and still have a conscience – if I may be so bold – whereas Jack and Roger turn to evil in the basest sense of the word. The question is therefore if Jack and Roger were evil from the start but never had the chance to show it, or if the island brought out that evil in them? In my opinion they must have always had some evil instincts, and the fact that there are no consequences for their actions allows for this to be brought to the forefront.I mean, honestly, how many of us would do the things they did given the chance?
Not in a million years; and not simply because I have never been shipwrecked on a deserted island, but because I have certain morals.Blah, blah, blah...
Like I said, I could go on for days about this, but shan’t. If you haven’t read this I recommend that you do – straight away – because it’s so action-packed and fast-paced. And if you aren’t interested in the philosophical aspects it still reads like a great novel. More than anything, it scares me.Every. Time.