“Lord of the flies” summary
A deep and detailed summary of William Golding’s “Lord of the flies”.
What are the true reasons of the degradation of the society?
Is there any way to really transform a savage to a civilized citizen?
Why do the primitive instincts take over the society?
William Golding’s “Lord of the flies” is a very complex novel with an interesting plot.
Introduction: “Lord of the flies” is a fascinating allegoric novel by William Golding. The story presented by William Golding is extremely important in turns of the attempts to understand the reason the degradation of the society which is observed from year to year.
William Golding seems to promote the feeling of “disgust” towards the primitive savage part of the society. The characters are depicted in a way that the reader can identify himself with a certain character and see the weaknesses and the strength that one has. William Golding throughout his allegoric novel appeals to the reader by drawing a parallel between the boys that find themselves alone on an island and the people that are also isolated in the society. It is the midst of nuclear war and the boys find themselves on an tropical island without any adults. It is not about the age of the characters but more about the desire to be rescued and to be cared about. Once the boys find themselves alone they try to build a society to make an order in their life on the island. Ralph, once chosen as a leader and being a peacemaker faces Jack a violent “rules” who taken the power away from him. Piggy, the intelligent boy who stays loyal to Ralph results dead. As the boys are alienated and led by Jack they eventually become true brutal savages. The boys of the island are afraid of the beast, afraid of the aggressive, instinctive begging of a man and his primitive biological nature.
Once Piggy is killed and Ralph stays, Jack’s tribe sets a fire to kill Ralph and it is this smoke which is seen by a British navy ship. Ralph gets saved from the hands the primitive boy-tribe. But this rescue does is not a happy end as it is the symbol of the death of the civilized human nature of those other children, who were willing to kill their “brother”.
Conclusion: William Golding’s “Lord of the flies” is a profound novel reveling how easily people can turn into “animals” and that the society needs to be somehow saved by the people themselves.