My favorite part of the book were the vastly different characters whom Golding wrote, so I'll talk most about them. First is Piggy--undoubtedly my favorite--who speaks with reason, though no one wants to listen to him. Perhaps if the other boys would pay attention to the intelligent, but meek boy, they could be rescued. Then there's Ralph, who if you ask me is the true Chief of the boys, and could probably lead them if he didn't care so much about being leader. He tries too hard to be the "big guy", and ends up looking insecure and unreliable. I won't mention Simon, only because I don't want to spoil the plot, but I'll say that Simon is the one who really gets the ball rolling, so to speak. Simon is the chip in the script--the first to succumb to the island and the terrors of being alone, and being lost. Jack is the embodiment of the terror. Unlike Ralph, he has no problem with leading, however his "style" of leading scares the boys. His style of leading turns boys into savages, and this stands to speak for how each and every one of us can become Jack. Everything depends on how you decide to deal with the circumstances. Do you take advantage of others frail states, or do you round together and work it out? Unfortunately none of the boys solidly chose the later, but I'll let you delve into the novel yourself and see how it plays out.
Lord of the Flies shows the inner evil in the human being, and the differences in how everyone deals with that evil. The incredible thing to me, is that Golding showed this, beautifully and interestingly, in a little less than 60,000 words. For those of you that don't think in word count, that's less than 300 pages, which is a very small novel. How did Golding do this so flawlessly? He wrote the truth. He wrote the story at the length of what it needed to be, to tell the story that had to be told. I won't spoil the ending, I'll only tell you that when awful, truly real things happen on a secluded island, as soon as a possible rescue is shown, all of those awful things may slip into the past, and you'll find yourself asking: did that really happen?
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