"Lord of the Flies": Novel vs Movie

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The novel "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding is a classic novel, so classic was it that it was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Being an allegorical novel, it makes sense that the story is one of much theme and insight. The film Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brooks, based on the same novel, was also excellently done. Brooks did an amazing job considering the rave reviews of the novel by authors such as E.M. Forester who said that Lord of the Flies is "beautifully written, tragic and provocative." However, it would be difficult for the themes explored in the 225 page novel to be fully expressed in a ninety minute movie with young inexperienced actors. Nevertheless, the director Peter Brooks adequately portrays the themes and insights covered by William Golding throughout the novel.

The loss of innocence and presence of evil is a predominant theme discussed in the novel.

In the movie, the scenes that properly represent this idea are present. At the beginning of the movie, it is clear that the boys are obedient and follow rules. We see this when they first meet and have discussions about who shall be chief and what is the most important task to begin with. It is also very evident, as the film comes to a close, that the boys have adapted to the savage lifestyle and essentially lose all innocence initially present. This is apparent when the naval officer comes in contact with the boys as they are in the middle of an attempt to murder Ralph. Also, the little 'un Percival, who at the beginning was able to recite all important personal information, was unable to do so at the end. The only noticeable flaw having to do with this theme in the film was...