Joseph Natal

Ms. Howe

English 1 H


Lord of the Flies is a book about the quick fall of a group of English schoolboys alone on an island. Their plane is shot down after trying to escape from a war, and the boys try to create order. However, their innate human instinct lead them to do horrible atrocities. Their minds create an ape-like beast that they fear, which could represent the hate and impulsiveness the children feel. Their old civilized ways of living break down and the kids freak out. All the children lose their innocence in their savage actions to survive. The kids go from proud and confident to devastated, as kids are murdered and bonds of friendship are broken. Some of the main characters are Ralph, Piggy, Simon, Jack, and Roger. The characters in the book are allegorical for societal groupings. For example, Piggy represents a smart and scientific person. Ralph represents a leader and civility. Simon is the one boy with innate goodness. This book is unique because it’s a sad truth, and connects problems with society to problems of human nature. I suggest this book to people who can handle the atrocities committed, such as murder. The book is very hooking, and is certainly hard to put down. My favorite quote from the book is, “‘We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything.'”(Golding 35) I like this quote after finishing the book, because it shows the boys confidence, pride, and innocence that was later ripped apart. I would recommend this boom for YA readers to learn more about life, and because it’s a gripping, enjoyable, story. I certainly view civilization differently after reading it. I personally picked this book because I had heard it was a sad story, but a good story, and I’m always willing to learn more about people.





Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Coward-McCann, 1962. Print.