Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

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Few works in literature have received as much popular and critical attention as Nobel Laureate William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Since its publication in 1954, it has amassed a cult following, and has significantly contributed to our dystopian vision of the post-war era. When responding to the novel's dazzling power of intellectual insight, scholars and critics often invoke the works of Shakespeare, Freud, Rousseau, Sartre, Orwell, and Conrad. Golding's aim to "trace the defect of society back to the defect of human nature" is elegantly pursued in this gripping adventure tale about a group of British schoolboys marooned on a tropical island. Alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, devoid of adult supervision or rules, the boys attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin, and evil. Part parable, allegory, myth, parody, political treatise, and apocalyptic vision, Lord of the Flies is perhaps the most memorable tale about "the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart."
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2001
Edition: 1st ed. (electronic)
ISBN: 9780786516681
0786516682
9781101158104
1101158107
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged at the Sully Buttes, SD High School (1981). Challenged at the Owen, NC High School (1981) because the book is "demoralizing inasmuch as it implies that man is little more than an animal." from www.ala.org American Library Association

ThrillReader Jul 03, 2018

Read it for school. At first, the book was slow and boring, with the descriptive language a little hard to understand. Then it picked up with its intensity and action.

Although it was quite an ordinary book, the intricate symbolism, irony and literary devices within this book are beautifully crafted. One of the most well-written novels I have ever read.

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Markrowave
May 25, 2018

Ridiculous book. Terrible. How is this considered a classic?

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brookebixby
May 11, 2018

This book was really good! You have to have a decently high reading level though because it can get difficult to comprehend at some points.

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hammerhead2
May 11, 2018

I liked the book, but I was mislead and thought that there would be cannibalism.

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Its_ya_boi_Emmitt
May 11, 2018

I read this book in book club and I extremely enjoyed it. This book is more about social constructs then survival which may surprise you based on the setting.

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Linyarai
May 11, 2018

I first read this in school and I think I enjoyed it more then than I did now. The boy's reactions to their environment and their lack of following leadership seems accurate, but no sense of time really passes for how long they've been on the island.

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Bookworm1562
Mar 03, 2018

"Lord of the Flies" messages are deep, and, as Stephen King says in his introduction, they mean more to us as we learn about society and try to understand human behavior. It's about our good and evil traits, and that we all should recognize them both when they are in our midst. I likely read it for the first time in high school. It meant so much more to me now. It is a book that should be re-read.

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humbleworm
Feb 25, 2018

Pay close attention to symbolism and imagery. This widely-studied classic makes the argument that human nature is not inherently civilized even more compelling by creating an artificial society of children and showing how rapidly it could become dysfunctional. This is a striking contrast to Western philosophy from Aristotle onwards and consistently popular in tales of island strandings from Robinson Crusoe to Jeff Probst's Stranded trilogy.

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KorrAnn
Nov 08, 2017

This was my first classic book, and can I say I enjoyed it. The context was a bit difficult to understand, but past that, it was a book that shows people how not only William Golding sees the world in his time, but how our world has not changed from his world, and that people will never learn how to treat one another.

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brookebixby
May 11, 2018

brookebixby thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99

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Its_ya_boi_Emmitt
May 11, 2018

Its_ya_boi_Emmitt thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

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Dragonrat703
Aug 17, 2017

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Jun 14, 2014

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JihadiConservative
Sep 06, 2013

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Book1972
Jun 11, 2018

In William Golding’s allegory novel Lord of the Flies, a group of boys are on an uninhabited island and have to govern themselves. A plane was shot down over the island. Some of the group of British schoolboys survived. Without adult supervision, they try to set rules for the island. A set of twins, Sam and Eric, mistake a dead pilot parachuting down to the island for a beast. Jack, thinks he is the rightful ‘chief’, calls for a hunt for the beast. Ralph, the ‘chief’, accuse Jack of not wanting to be rescued. Ralph joins the hunt and they do the "kill the pig" chant multiple times. After a while, the boys were under the impression that Simon was the beast and decided to kill him. Ralph and Piggy tried to justify their part of the murder. They said it was motivated by fear and instinct. Piggy questioned Jack about being sensible: “Which is better-to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is” (180)? Piggy was hit and he fell down the mountains until he hit the beach. The impact killed Piggy. Jack declared himself chief then he calls for a hunt on Ralph. Ralph realized that the schoolboys that arrived on the Island are now savages. Ralph hides until he noticed the other boys are setting the forest on fire to try to smoke him out. If they continue to do this, the fire will destroy all the fruit on the Island. A naval officer arrived on his ship. He thought the boys have been playing games to which he scolds them for not behaving more organized and responsible. Ralph wept for the end of the boy’s innocence and the death of Piggy.
Overall, I had a few favorite quotes. Of Course, I like that one kid calling people “wacco[s]” (27). I just enjoyed the quote about letting the fire go out: “They let the bloody fire go out” (68). The quote about fear just was really cool: “The thing is-fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream” (82). Personally, I enjoyed some childish fights and comments. Ralph and Jack arguing about who will be the chief. Also, when they call each other names “‘Who’s a thief?’ ‘You are’” (177)! In my honest opinion, it was not the best book I have read. I only enjoyed a few quotes and a few sections. The only reasons I would recommend this book is because it is an easy and short read; the book took me about two hours to read. Other than that I do not recommend reading it.

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Dragonrat703
Aug 17, 2017

Schoolboys are stranded on an island together. Attempts at a civilized society are made, but as the hope of rescue grows farther away, as the terror of beasts and monsters takes control, the society is fractured. The boys deteriorate into a violent, brutal mob, praising and fearing a "beast" and brutally punishing those against them.

sakib_0 Jun 29, 2014

golding reenacts WWII in this book by showing how many young boys crash down into a mysterious island in a plane,and revert to savagery as their hope of survival

platypus101 Jul 11, 2013

A number of English school boys suffered from a plane accident causing them to get stranded in an uninhibited island. The period was maybe during the World War II. Trying to be civilized, they elected a leader for themselves as well started the division of tasks (hunters, fire-watchers, etc). Things turned bad when there's a power struggle between the group leaders, worsened by various sightings of a monster in the island. No, don't think about "Lost" because this is way different.

tt14 Jun 18, 2012

This novel is about a group of young English boys who miraculously survived a plane crash. They are all alone in this mysterious and inhabited island of lagoons, cliffs, hills, wild pigs, flies and boulders. The author used many literary techniques to add zest to his novel. Character development, defined as a positive or heroic transformation in a character, is so well suited to Piggy – a protagonist in the novel.

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fearlessforever
Nov 05, 2011

A bunch of boys are stranded on an island and kill each other....

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

A group of school boys are the only survivors when their plane crashes on a deserted island. Forced to survive alone without adult authority the boys regress and form murderous tribes.

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neilp
Mar 24, 2009

A airliner crash leaving a groups of school children to defence for themselves. Due to conflicts the break into to groups. See how primary school students cope with no adult guidance. And will they be able to coperate to get off the island.

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Dragonrat703
Aug 17, 2017

Violence: A pig is killed in a sadistic and brutal way, with its head later stuck on a pike and devoured by flies. A boy is beaten and torn apart by the others, and later another boy is hit by a boulder, flies off a cliff, and has his head bashed open.

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blue_zebra_421
Jul 17, 2015

Violence: Since the boys are left stranded on the island, many of them turn into savages.Two boys are killed.

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JihadiConservative
Sep 06, 2013

Violence: A stabbing and a crushing with rock

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fearlessforever
Nov 19, 2011

Violence: Oh yeah as if the book couldn't get bad enough, 3/4 of the way through they decide to bludgeon a boy to death and then they push another one down a mountain and crush him with a rock....

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noob123
Jul 06, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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noob123
Jul 06, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Dragonrat703
Aug 17, 2017

"Maybe there is a beast...maybe it's only us."

sakib_0 Jun 29, 2014

"He turned away to give them time to pull themselves together;
and waited, allowing his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance."

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ck15
Feb 05, 2014

Nobody killed, I hope? Any dead bodies?

tt14 Jun 18, 2012

. “I don’t ask you to be a sport, I’ll say not because you’re strong, but because what’s right’s right. Give me my glasses: I’m going to say – You got to!”

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