Lord of the Flies: A Review by Rahul Bhatia

LordFliesCoverLord of The Flies, the historic novel by William Golding, takes focus on the source of sin, as well as many issues among social classes. Originally focusing on topics and discussions surrounding British society in the time of war, the novel’s messages can now clearly focus on all types of society across the world. This is presented through the harrowing and memorable situation that the author has created. A group of young boys are stranded on a deserted island. As the children try to survive, they slowly break apart and with that, they soon discover their true selves. This is all I can say without giving much away, but it surely is enough to convince you to read this book.


Who are these boys? Well, there are many characters, both good and bad, all of whom play a part in the plot. First of all, there is the main character Ralph, a boy not afraid to lead a group but with his own doubts as well. Then there is his opposing force, Jack, a hot-heated kid who is always suspicious of the other boys. Finally, the other memorable character, who at times I felt bad for, is Piggy. He’s a side character who they consider to be “chubby,” and serves as the target of teasing and bullying from the other kids. There are many more characters, but these are the ones I think add the most to the story.


Next, the Island serves as the perfect setting for all this to happen. There are many memorable parts, and although it is small, it feels like another planet to these characters. When reading, I felt that sense of wonder too, as we explore the tropical setting. The style of writing in the novel, on the other hand, may turn some people away from reading Lord of the Flies. Being written a while ago and with the author being William Golding, there is a very poetic and wise feel to the text. It might be unclear at times, so I do give a warning for this. Finally, there are so many themes and symbols in Lord of the Flies. I found themes of sin, corruption, the loss of innocence, social class and so much more. Furthermore, the symbol of the titular “Lord of the Flies” is something unexpected and mysterious.


So, would I recommend it or not? Well, I assume many teens have read this, due to it being a common novel in English classes. However, if you haven’t gotten to check it out, I would recommend it to you. The story is very relatable with the characters being of a young age. As well, it contains many sequences that will leave you wanting more.


However, the style can feel outdated at times and some things are unclear, so certain parts may require a second reading to fully understand the context. Nonetheless, Lord of the Flies is a novel that deserves to be read.


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