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Compare the opening scenes in Brooks' film with the opening pages of Golding's novel "The Lord of the Flies".

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Lord of the Flies - Media Assignment Compare the opening scenes in Brooks' film with the opening pages of Golding's novel "The Lord of the Flies". William Golding was born in the September of 1911 in Cornwall, England. He grew up in a life of luxury and he discovered very early on his life that he was very talented at his school studies. He attended the colleges of Malboro and Oxford, where he studied both natural science and English. Golding eventually decided that he wanted to devote his life to literature, where he became one of the most famous English novelists ever. Golding won many awards for his contribution to English and the world of literature. He was finally awarded the Nobel Prize for his literary merits in 1983. Although Golding had many other interests such as Greek literature, music and history, he will be remembered greatly for his contributions to modern literature. During the Second World War, Golding had to enlist in the Navy; it was here that he lost the idea that there was any good in humans. He witnessed the evil of the war, from both the enemies and his own fellow soldiers and he developed the viewpoint that there was no innocence in humans. ...read more.

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We then see a series of quick flicks between the missile and a cricket match that seems to be going on. This shows that nobody has any warning about the war that is about to unfold. We then observe this big dark cloud, which represents the nuclear explosion that has taken place. This is a cause of what happens when the evil inside humans is unleashed. After this explosion a map of the Pacific Ocean appears with still images of a plane. This plane is shown from many different angles and camera effects are used successfully to indicate how the plane crashed and at some point I am not sure if the plane clips are images or a movie. As the plane is about to crash the music changes and the tempo increases a fair amount, this is like drums being played in a tribe and is usually associated with savagery. After the plane has crashed the movie starts and the first noise that we hear is that of bees buzzing. All of the film is in black and white and it takes a while for the audience to get used to it. The black and white is obviously there to paint a clearer picture of what the film is about: Good and Evil. ...read more.

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Golding wants to show that the choir boys are the first to become savages even though they are meant to represent the religious side of society. He wants to find a character that would be able to view his opinions and he finds that character in Simon. Simon was the first one who discovers the 'beast' that they were all scared of is actually the beast that is in each and every one of them. In this way Golding puts forth his thoughts and opinions about the evil which consumes every human being. After reading the novel and watching the film, I have come to the conclusion that if you really want to understand the reasons that Golding wrote this novel you have to read the novel in full detail. Even though Brooks' film fills in gaps for the audience about what happens to the boys before they actually land on the island, but it does not actually convey the exact same message that Golding wants to put across. Golding wants to show how the boys change during their stay on the island, regardless of what they are like in a 'civilised' society. The opening scenes of the film show what the book does not, but the opening pages of the book show what the film does not. ...read more.

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