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A comparison of the way Piggy's death is portrayed in - "Lord of the Flies" - novel by William Golding (1954), "Lord of the Flies" - film directed by Peter Brook (1961), "Lord of the Flies" - film directed by Harry Hook (1994).

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MEDIA UNIT A comparison of the way Piggy's death is portrayed in: "Lord of the Flies" - novel by William Golding (1954) "Lord of the Flies" - film directed by Peter Brook (1961) "Lord of the Flies" - film directed by Harry Hook (1994) I n this essay I will be comparing the three approaches to the incident of Piggy's death. This is a very significant moment in the 'Lord of the Flies' and symbolises how outcasts are treated in a broken down society. I will be comparing the novel by William Golding, with the film by Peter Brook and the film by Harry Hook. The original book was written directly after World War 2, which had a great influence on how Golding decided to plan and write his book. The original book is the true 'Lord of the Flies', and the films are adaptations of the original novel. The film that was made in 1961 by Peter Brook was a very close interpretation of the original novel. The characters are the same, the setting is same, and the whole story loosely follows the same pattern as the book. Brook used thirty boys, aged eight to fourteen with non-acting backgrounds, as they all came from a randomly picked London school. He took them to an island off Puerto Rico for 3 months, in which time he filmed this masterpiece, which was ground breaking at the time and closely followed the book. ...read more.


Both sides seem angered, and in Hook's film, the loss of society is also shown. Ralph, usually the well-balanced, even-tempered individual, is lowered to such means as fighting. On the other hand, that is Jacks usual way of settling things. Roger has a strong influence on Piggy's death and plays a significant role, in all three interpretations of the 'Lord of the Flies'. Roger is first introduced into the scene in the novel, when he starts to toss rocks at Ralph. His physical appearance is kept a secret and is only released when he pushes the lever, "Roger, with a sense of delirious abandonment, leaned all his weight on the lever." Roger is introduced earlier on in Brook's film. What we see of Roger is a godly figure, with his face outlined to the sky. Hook shows us a close up of Rogers' face from below. He is painted with black paint around the eyes and mouth, which looks like deep hollows in which evil is to be found. He is a symbol of evil and power and as a slight grimace creeps along his face, the audience is shocked by this terrifying image. His intentions become clearer as the scene advances. A longer period of time is spent on him, so does the amount we see of him. When the camera shows us his hand going towards the lever, the anticipation is built up, with the climax of him releasing it with great force, pounding down onto Piggy's head. ...read more.


This loosely follows the original text by Golding. Golding described how Piggy was knocked into the water and got washed away, whereas there was no sight of this in Hook's film. "You're not gonna get away with this" says Ralph after the death. Jack thinks logically and says that Ralph was on his own, which he most definitely was. The speaking is then terminated by the boys throwing stones at Ralph as he speeds away along the beach. All three versions of the 'Lord of the Flies' are interpreted differently, but use the same original story line written by William Golding. All are effective, but some are more so than the others. Personally, I think that Peter Brook directed the best film. This is because it was more appealing to the audience at that time, it was more successful and it follows the book much closer than the other film, which was directed by Harry Hook. However, I do like the book for the detail and originality within it. To me the text vividly describes the sights of horror and the dramatic feelings of loss and grief felt by the societies at this particular time of World War 2. At the time the book was written, which was just after the war, total communities had witnessed such devastation as was described in the book. They could relate directly to the savagery and the way the murder was committed in cold blood. I feel the book also cleverly puts the characters into stereotypes of the time, showing how certain communities and their structures can be so easily destroyed. Mark Grayston 1 ...read more.

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