Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies By: William Golding This was the most interesting book I have ever read. It is sort of a cross between Alive and Hatchet. Because the book is extremely addictive and written so superbly, it did not take long for me to get into and finish it. The characters were probably the most interesting element in Lord of the Flies. All British and male, the young boys in this story portray the 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. In essence, this is the eternal struggle between good and evil. The ending of the novel concludes in a gut-wrenching showdown between the two. 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 British accents made it difficult to understand what they meant. This problem appeared in few spots, however, and for the most part the book was easy to read. I think that males would enjoy this book mainly because of the fact that all the characters were boys. It also appeals to a person with good literary insight who can understand Golding's symbolism. This book also made a very good movie which portrays the story well. I did have a favorite character in this book. His name is Simon. Simon is peculiar in that he likes to be alone and take long walks into the jungle while most of the other boys play. He also discovers the beast that every one on the island fears. Ultimately, he discovers the true source of evil, the Lord of the Flies, and is later betrayed by his friends. Being an enthusiastic and long time book reader, I think Lord of the Flies is a great book. It is very intriguing and seems to place a terrible spell over the reader who gets lured into this arousing adventure. I spent four days reading this book and only put it down during meals. Lord of the Flies kept my interest with very little slow moving dialogue and lots of vivid description. For me this book ranks right up there with Clockwork Orange and The Last Herald Mage. All of these books have incredible story lines with non-stop adventure. They also all seem to address some of the controversial subjects facing our society today. 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 the many flaws and desires of human nature, and how devastating these factors can be to a culture with no directions or order 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. There was very little I disliked about this book. The mood was a little dark and depressing but that just added to the setting. Probably the one thing that could have been improved upon was William Golding's writing style. He tended to skip around sometimes and use difficult dialect and terms that can confuse the reader, but this happened rarely. I think all serious readers would like this book. Probably the people who could enjoy this book the most would be the faithful followers of Science Fiction and Adventure novels who might enjoy the stranger aspects of life. I also think readers who are interested in human behavior would relish this book because of the way it portrays the many sides of human nature, values, and morals. I will probably read this book again. It was such a good novel it might possibly end up in my personal library. Lord of the Flies was also made into a great movie that captured the best aspects of the book. The best lesson I learned from Lord of the Flies is that people can not let one thing control their whole life. They can not let greed control their every action and thought so that it corrupts them into acting on an evil purpose. Lord of