Every time I finish reading this book, I am left with a horrible sense of loss. Experiencing the loss of humanity that children experience leaves the reader with a scared sense of fear, fear that this could be true and occur way too easily in unsupervised civilization.
If you are seeking entertainment, this is not your book. If you are seeking a commentary on the internal evil within us all and the ease at which we may slip back to it, this is your book. Golding shows us that without order, chaos will lead to uncivilized behaviors.
The book is set on a deserted island, leaving a group of British schoolboys unattended to live on their won. While the reader can predict what chaos can emerge from this situation, the plot still surprises readers.
Battling leaders, fight for rescue, survival, and food--these struggles swarm the island and affect the boys in different ways. It is interesting to see who values what in this situation and what ruler shall win.
Golding's novel was written after the 2nd World War and many references to the evil leadership of that time period can be seen reflected in the characters. We see what happens when evil hearted leadership goes on unchecked, when science and reason is abandoned, and when mob mentality forces people to do things they would not do solo. The commentary on the darkness inside all of us is enough to make one shiver, especially as you consider the question: which one of these characters would I be?
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