Lord of the Flies
- Author: William Gerald Golding (1911 – 1993)
- Title: Lord of the Flies
- Published: 1954
- Genre: novel (allegory)
- Trivia: W. Golding was awarded Nobel Prize Literature 1983
- Trivia: This book is nr 41 Modern Library 100 Best Novels.
- Trivia: The novel was listen nr 70 on BBC’s 2003 survey ‘The Big Read’
- Trivia: List Reading Challenges 2017
- Trivia: Nobel Prize Reading Challenge
- This is not a story that is scary because of plot twists or original characters.
- It is scary because it will frighten anyone in the deepest way to see
- what happens when man loses his sense of civility.
- The plot is simple.
- School boys crash land on a remote island with no adults.
- The boys set up their own government, with Ralph in charge.
- But things start to fall apart very quickly.
- The book it provokes fear on a most basic level.
What was the inspiration for the book ?
- Golding was tremendously affected by the WW II.
- The war had done something to him.
- Golding was involved as a marine officer.
- He was aboard the destroyer chasing the German battleship Bismarck.
- …he participated in the Normandy invasion.
- In Lord of the Flies Golding had shown
- …how cruel authorities are able to act.
- There are always people who follow them,
- …nevertheless, obediently.
- Examples: Hitler in Germany — Stalin in Russia
What are the reasons for its enduring legacy ?
- We are still fascinated by the central theme of the book:
- intelligence (Ralph, democratic leader) VS
- irrationality (Jack, totalitarian leader)
- The conch and Piggy´s glasses …become damaged.
- They are the symbols of the collapse of a democratic society.
- I read Lord of the Flies in high-school
- During this re-reading I finally understood the allegory.
- It has to do with my own development.
- I now understand more about
- …the ‘powers that be’ who ruled (rule) the world.