Book Review
by George F.
Grade 8

What happens when a group of boys, none older than twelve years old, get stranded on a tropical island and are forced to start their own civilization until help comes? The Lord of the Flies by William Golding tells the story of just that. However, this is not just your standard “stranded on a desert island’’ story. With no boy older than twelve years old, order can go quickly dissolve. After depressing failures that delay their rescue and cause paranoia across the island, this dysfunctional tribe of boys splits apart.  Golding’s ideas of human nature, civilization, and logic and reasoning against instinct and emotion is what makes this story so special.

The human way of acting, thinking, and feeling are unique to our species. A great example of how human nature can be manipulated is shown in the story. At first, the boys have ideas of civilization in their minds. Ralph, the chief of the tribe, tells all of the boys that they need to work hard to build shelters and find food so that they can have a chance at survival. However, without any real authority over the island, things quickly go downhill. This story represents how our human nature can change drastically without guidance and control.

When we think of our childhood dreams, we usually think of unlimited play time with our friends. In this book, things are similar, just on a much larger scale. In the beginning, the boys are enthusiastic to find out that there are no adults on the island. They are excited to have their own private island to themselves. However, their roughhousing on the island soon transforms into brutal fights. In the beginning of the story, Ralph and Jack are friends, but towards the end, Jack ends up challenging Ralph. Civilization doesn’t hide the fact that inside, humans are just as brutal as depicted in the story.

In life, it is much easier to be bad than to be good. In The Lord of the Flies, conflicts such as whether to be good or bad arise. In the story, we can tell that Ralph and his sidekick Piggy, represent rationality and logic. Throughout the book, Ralph and Piggy were always trying to see the rational side of things. On the other hand, Jack and his choir represent chaos and disorder. In the story, almost all of the boys revert to using their instincts and emotions in place of logic and reasoning. Golding shows that being logical is much more difficult, unfortunately, than acting instinctively.

William Golding’s novel The Lord of the Flies captivates readers with its unique style of bringing forth ideas such as human nature, civilization, and logic against instinct. I enjoyed reading this book a lot. The writer’s strengths include the vivid descriptions and exciting plot twists. Both of these mix to create a great story. One of the best moments in the book is when the title of the book, Lord of the Flies, was revealed to us and connected to all the events that took place on the island. through a hallucination that Simon had. In the beginning, the writer’s exposition was weak and makes it confusing to track who characters are and what they are really doing; however, overall, this book is a great read and one I recommend for young adults and even adults.