Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lord Of the FLIES!

Hi, I'm back again! So I haven't really been able to read as much as I'd hoped to and I wish we wouldn't have had to return all our books by May 16. I'm reading another AP book named The Lord of The Flies by William Golding. I'm doing well on goal to read more AP books, but I'm not so sure about increasing my reading rate. I think it has improved, but there aren't many opportunities where I can test this out towards the end of the school year, I have to worry about AP tests, finals (including my Sunday School final), and most importantly my course selection for my junior year. Usually, I don't read much over the summer, but I'll start to go to the library more often.


Currently, I am reading The Lord Of the Flies by the Nobel laureate William Golding and first published in 1954. The story begins with a plane crash on a deserted island which leaves the survivors stranded without any immediate prospect of being rescued. But, in this eye-opening tale, the survivors are young schoolboys! They quickly adapt to their new environment by imitating the civilization that they know of. The boys group together and elect a leader from amongst them, make fires hoping somebody would rescue them, hunt for meat, and even explore this new uncharted island. All in all, they begin a colonization pf their own on the island. Ralph is elected as the boys' leader bu it is Jack who leads the hunters and is hungry for more power. Jack is the antagonist whose greed to have complete control over the group of boys eventually leads to the story's unthinkable climax ( read the book to find out :) ). As the boys attempt to tame the savagery they see around them, it becomes obvious that the true savagery lies within them. This is prophetically envisioned (not really, just a hallucination) by Simon who's "talk" with "the Beast" explains how "the Beast", (the OG savage of the island), lives not on the island or in the ocean as they believed, but in each one's hearts. This tale describes the loss of innocence that comes and how a failed attempt at civilization leads to savagery instead.

A very powerful quote that captures the essence of the book is when  Piggy said “We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?”

This quote tells us about how all the boys attempted to act like civilized folk even when there weren't any adults but they just weren't able to do so.They set up an election to appoint their leader, they had set up rules such as using the conch to come to gatherings and talk. They had different jobs set up such as the hunters and those who went exploring. They went wrong however in that they weren't able to deal with the problems of the adult world. When Jack went off on his own, he created his own group against Ralph. In today's world, there are many rivalries in politics but they usually end up shaking hands as a sign of peace rather than holding on to grudges and trying to overthrow they government to get what they want. In the adult world, they don't have to be full of fear of dome monster which is different from these little boys who were afraid every night. The young boys (especially the littluns) just want to follow someone so when a new leader comes offering free food, they easily turn to the new guy's side (poor Ralph). No matter how hard they tried to act like adults, they would have both their child minds and other children who could complicate the whole mission of trying to be civilized such as Jack and the littluns (and everyone else). Jack seems to be the most problematic with his lack of morals when dealing with Ralph (no spoilers allowed). As young children, we don't seem to have much responsibility which causes us to think of the job of adults as easy, but in this book, the children struggle when they are forced to do things they haven't ever done before. This story shows us how we should appreciate the adults in our lives since there are things that children can't do but they are supported by the adults in their lives who can help them out. The boys in the story had to make huts, hunt for food, make group decisions, and many other tasks without fighting amongst themselves. There is the saying that "No one is perfect" but adults seem to be more capable of handling these kinds of situations presented rather than children.

2 comments:

  1. I liked the quote you used, it really critiqued the brutal and uncooperative behavior that people develop in times of distress, and how doing what older people can possibly not provide a solution.I myself consider doing what other adult think is considered civilized rather subjective and sometimes even unnecessary to mimic and practice in society (such as gambling or fighting).

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  2. This book sounds cool, and your description of the story makes me want to find out what happens.

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