Review on the Lord of the Flies

December 27 2021  ·  2 min read

~Review special from Saliha shah 

“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true wise friend called Piggy.”

Lord of the Flies, written by William Golding is a deep novel, excellent in its depiction of its main idea and view. Although the story is about the adventures of a group of British schoolboys who are stranded on a coral island due to the plane crash there is an eerie depiction of the whole scenario. It is the impression of the belief that man is born evil and sinful also corresponding to the Christian thought. 

The story begins with the boy named Ralph and his fat, round friend known as ‘Piggy’ by other boys. The boy’s primary mission is to get rescued. Ralph is selected as the leader much to the disapproval of the other boy named Jack. The boys start with the idea of lighting a fire atop a cliff to signal for rescue. Ralph begins to lead the group by building a civilization just like the one he had left behind. A civilization that cared for shelter, sanitation, and discipline. However, gradually dispute and discord rise within the group due to rivalry between Jack and Ralph. Golding has described with skill how man’s desire for power causes division in society. With time the boys’ primitive behavior kicks in. 

The boys under the new leadership or dictatorship, to be more accurate, of Jack, start to hunt. From the higher stages, they dropped right back into the first stage of the hierarchy of needs suggested by the famous psychologist Maslow. Thus the boys painted their faces as savages and started to live as tribesmen, performing rituals, with Jack as their chief. 

They start forgetting their identities. They even murder Piggy and another boy named Simon. In the end, they set the whole island on fire to kill Ralph and put his head on a spike to offer it to an unknown beast that thought existed on the island. Golding has made the character of Ralph an embodiment of rationality and civilization, the qualities human beings strive to attain to live peacefully in a society in a civilized manner. On the contrary, Jack is a reflection of violence and savagery that hunts for power and dictatorship. The Nobel Prize-winning author has tried to impress upon us through this masterpiece that when the norms of civilized conduct in a society disappear, the basic instinct of man to rule and dictate upon the weaker subjects prevails. The universally acclaimed short novel is an insight into man’s heart that degrades to corruption and savagery when there is no check and balance system.


Salman Arif

Salman Arif

Hmm...so this is where you write about yourself. Well, I am just a regular brown dude, pursuing a degree in engineering and trying to shares his perspectives with the world with zero intention for harm. For me, writing has been the thing you always wanted to do but wouldn’t do because of some impractical excuse that no one cares about. I write with the mindset of enjoying the process and making sure that my audience has a fun experience and something fruitful to take away, at least that's the plan!

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