Books and Movies Reviews

Lord of the Flies

William Golding's 202-page novel published in 1954, Lord of the Flies, tells a story about a group of boys that are stranded on an island during World War II. These children must survive on a scarce amount of food, small area for living, and getting along with each other, including "the beast".
One of William Golding's strengths creating this book is the way he shows foreshadowing. An example of this is when Roger was playing with the lever on the mountain. That action foreshadows the death of Piggy. Another outstanding strength is symbolism. Each of these characters symbolize different qualities. One example is Piggy and his glasses. His glasses are used to see things clearly which can translate to Piggy expressing his opinions and being very intelligent. Sam and Eric represent unity because they always do things together. In the book they become like one person named "Samneric".
One part difficult to understand was when Jack's tribe, "sharpened a stick on both ends". The author could have described this statement better, using some similes or metaphors. Also, when Ralph was upset that the fire was not being watched, William Golding did not clearly explain that Ralph did his job of keeping the fire alive. A more detailed explanation that would show the readers that Ralph did his part would help.
Therefore, I enjoyed reading this book. The symbolism made it interesting, and the way William Golding wrote this book was very clear to understand.


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