A review of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies"

Essay by ViperDogHigh School, 12th gradeA, November 1996

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Lord of the Flies is an intuitive look into the thoughts and actions of a group of boys stranded on a deserted island. The novel deals with tragic and provocative scenes of terror and an ongoing timeline of events to follow a pack of boys on an incredible journey while a nuclear war continues on back home. The bonding and breaking of friendships, Ralph's obsession with getting home, and the regressions to savagery are just a few of the many aspects of Lord of the Flies.

Through the entrance of the first few characters in the novel we believe many friendships are going to be formed. The novel dives right into a quickly formed friendship through the rivalry for leadership between Ralph and Jack. We later find that it was not meant to be and that as time passes Ralph and Jack's rivalry develops into a hatred for each other and Jack's true colors shine through.

Through the rivalry between Ralph and Jack an opening is formed for Piggy to become Ralph's friend. Ralph and Piggy soon realize that they need each other to stay sane and alive while on the island and that they are in reality best friends.

While stranded on the island many of the boys dream of one day being rescued and going home. Ralph constantly shows his obsession with getting home and uses all of his power and knowledge to find a way home. Ralph knows he has to light a fire on the top of the mountain to be used as a signal to flag down a passing boat or plane, so that they can be rescued and go home to their families. When Jack lets the fire go out Ralph is enraged and does not know what to do. He can hardly...