"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding

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Lord of the Flies

By: William Golding

Lord of the Flies is an entertaining allegory novel that teaches a valuable lesson to its readers. The author of this book is William Golding. Even better he has the experience to back up the lesson of the story. During World War II he joined the Royal Army, where he served in command of a rocket-launcher and participated in the invasion of Normandy. This book's sales enabled Golding to retire and devote himself fully to writing. He wrote several more novels, notably Pincher Martin (1956), and a play, The Brass Butterfly (1958). This book won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983. He died ten years later in 1993.

This book takes place during a war. Where a plane evacuating English schoolboys from England crashes onto a tropical island with no human civilization. This setting during the war is not important to the plot.

But the setting it takes place in is important. Without being marooned on a tropical island, the boys stranded on it wouldn't have experienced the evils inside every human being. Thus not being educational or fun to read.

The main idea was to teach the reader the evils and innocence in everybody. The evil inside you is represented in the book as the Lord of the Flies. The Lord of the Flies is a severed sow's head, covered in flies, on a spear stuck into the ground by Jack, the leader of the hunters of the stranded boys. The sow's head comes to life to speak to Simon, one of the most important characters in the book, and tell him there's evil inside every person. He means this by saying it is the thing in everyone. The sow's head also said he couldn't be stopped. This novel is...