Everyone I tell that I am reading this book, they look at me and go “why?”.
When I was forced to read this book in high school, or really any book I was forced to read in high school, I really enjoyed it. I was that student that would read the whole thing before Chapter 01 was due for the whole class. I enjoyed reading and I enjoyed reading classics. I especially love books with underlining meanings like Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies.
Golding did a marvelous job at showing us what humanity would be like if we left it alone with no rules or structure.
He sets the book up on a secluded island where a bunch of grade-school boys find themselves after a plane crash. Now of course they are so excited about having no adults, no rules, no anything. They slowly begin to realize they will need some rules in order to get anything done.
When you first hear about this book, you think of a lot of little savages and how they kill each other and have absolutely no order. In reality though, these are upper class, some privately-educated, proper boys. Golding intended to show the world that without order, anyone can become a savage.
Even with the small order that the boys made, there was a struggle between groups.
There is even an underlining of Christianity in this book, in my own opinion (ex. Simon).
This book is completely interesting and gets better with every read. I wouldn’t let anyone below a high school education read it though, because I have heard of some people getting nightmares because of the gore and violence described in this book.
But I love it, so I wonder what that actually says about me.