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This paper reviews William Golding's novel, "Lord of the Flies", describing the two major themes of conflict between savagery and civilization and the loss of innocence, and explaining that it is essentially a work of sociological, anthropological and philosophical analysis with a particularly dark and pessimistic conclusion.
From the Paper:''Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by British author William Golding whose overarching theme is the fragility of civilization. The novel could be described as naturalist, since it describes the descent into anarchy and animalism of children left to themselves.
The plot is straightforward enough: a plane carrying boys from English high society crashes on a desert island. The pilot and all accompanying adults perish. Left to fend for themselves in a wild paradise, the surviving children attempt to organize themselves by reproducing the social patterns with which they have been inculcated. But soon the veneer of civilization cracks and this fragile society shatters; it is gradually replaced by a tribal organization, wild and violent, built around a charismatic leader and a primitive religion. Human sacrifice, man hunts, bloody wars: civilization disappears in favor of a return to an animal state, which the children most vulnerable or most reasonable must pay with their lives.''
Sample of Sources Used:
- Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Perigee, 1954. Print.
Cite this Book Review:
Lord of the Flies - Review (2012, October 18) Retrieved January 21, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/lord-of-the-flies-review-151858/
"Lord of the Flies - Review" 18 October 2012. Web. 21 January. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/lord-of-the-flies-review-151858/>