Book Review

May 22nd, 2015

Book ReviewLord of the Flies by William Golding

Reviewed by CM

Rate the Book: Good

Vague Plot Description:

A plane full of young, British school boys get stranded when their plane crashes. Their true natures are revealed as they face the challenges of being alone on an island without any adult supervision.

Interesting Characters:

I found Roger’s character very interesting. At first, he appears to be a normal child. It isn’t long, though, before the lack of society’s structure brings out the worst in him. This change occurs in all the characters, but it was most clear in Roger’s case.

What I liked about the book:

I liked this book because it was both an interesting adventure book as well as a comment on human nature. William Golding used an entertaining story to express his opinions on mankind.

Criticism:

I don’t really have any criticism. The book was very well written, and I don’t think there was a more effective way for Golding to express his ideas.

Favorite Quotes:

“Maybe,” he said hesitantly, “maybe there is a beast.” […] “What I mean is, maybe it’s only us.”

                As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Throughout the novel, Golding shows the reader that the scariest monster we encounter is our fear of each other. This fear of others can cause us to do awful things, an idea that is stressed constantly in the book.

Top Ten?

I didn’t absolutely love the book. However, I thought it provided some very interesting ideas about the human race. I don’t know if I would put it on a top ten list, but I definitely think that everyone should read it if they get the chance.

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