"Lord Of The Flies" by William Golding

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About the author

Sir William Golding (1911-1993), was an English novelist who wrote exciting adventure stories who deal with the conflict between mind and instinct. William Gerald Golding was born in St. Columb Minor, in Cornwall. He was knighted in 1988. His novels are moral fables that reveal how dangerous and destructive human brings may be unless they are restrained by conscience. Golding won the 1983 Nobel Prize for literature. His most famous book, 'Lord of the flies' tells of a group of boys stranded on an island. The Inheritors is set in prehistoric times. The Napoleonic era of the early 1800's forms the setting of the sea-adventure trilogy consisting of Rites of Passage, Close Quarters, and Fire Down Below. Goldings other novels include Pincher Martin, Free Fall, The Spire, The Pyramid and Darkness Visible. His essay's were collected in The Hot Gates.

About the book

Allegorical presentation - why ?

I think that the author compare this little abandoned island, with the real world.

On the island there were war, peace, etc. just like in the real world. It`s not hard figuring out why there's war in the world, when abandoned kids on an deserted island can't make peace. The happenings on the island are something that the author uses as an image of the world war 2, were Jack symbols Adolf Hitler, a dictator. Ralph and Piggy symbols the judes - the hunted ones.

The Plot

A group of boys has been dropped on a tropical island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, their plane having been shot down. A nuclear war has taken place; civilisation has been destroyed.

Ralph, a strong and likeable blond, delights in the fact that there are 'no grownups' around to supervise them. The boys have the entire island to themselves. Piggy, who is...