Lord of the Flies

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William Golding’s Lord of the Flies was actually a book I did not enjoy reading, surprisingly. Especially because I usually love reading almost anything, but this book killed me a little bit.

One issue was that Golding had an overabundance of adverbs in his novel, which, if you talk to any serious writing major, they will completely frown upon that. He could of elaborated way more on certain areas and avoided those adverbs, yet he chose not to. It is not always the worst thing to use adverbs, but when it becomes excessive to the point where a reader can notice the overuse, then it is problematic for the text.

Another complaint was the characters. It is more of a personal issue, but I could not deal with Jack Merridew. I am sure most readers feel that way, but when the children started killing one another I was not able to enjoy the book as much. It made me really unhappy to read and think about.

Overall it was definitely an interesting read, but not something I would want to reread. It felt more like an obligation than something I really wanted to read, which is why it makes sense that most people read it during class in high school. It was very simplistic, perhaps I did not enjoy it just because it was so below my reading capabilities though.

It was, however, interesting when they killed Simon. Although he was my favorite character, I enjoyed that through killing Simon they killed “the beast.” The beast was partially a manifestation in his own head of himself (perhaps some sort of mental illness, or just being stuck on the island for too long), and for the all the boys they really tried to convince themselves that Simon was the beast so that his death would not create as much guilt. It was a way for them to express their energies and get out all their aggressions, however it became too excess and was something that they started to do just because they knew they could now.

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So I was talking to a friend who had read and analyzed Lord of the Flies in class and he told me that Simon was supposed to be a Jesus-like figure in the novel. I did not seem to have the same impression; I saw that he was able to remove himself from the group in times of stress and hide in his hole and that he also created a figure to look up to out of the dead man in the parachute. However, I did not see him as a sacrifice of any sort.

However, I did realize that Piggy’s death was incredibly symbolic. When they killed him, they were said to have done it by knocking him off a cliff and seeing his brains float away everywhere. This is symbolic because throughout the novel Piggy was the voice of reason for the group. When they killed him, his brains floated away showing that the group no longer has any intelligence or reason left and were resorting completely to strictly barbaric and illogical tactics now.

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