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Lord of the Flies is a classic novel by William Golding, based on the civilisation and savagery within the human race.

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Lord of the Flies is a classic novel by William Golding, based on the civilisation and savagery within the human race. As soon as I came across the name as well as the bloody image of the pig on the front cover, I realised that this book would be quite intense. Alongside being intense, the novel is very addictive and I have read the book three times. At the beginning of the novel, we come across a group of British Boys whose plane has been shot down and crashes onto an uninhabited island. The curious young minds of these children are let loose and they develop what Golding referred to as 'human nature's darker side.' Golding created a handful of characters with extremely distinct personalities and each character symbolising the different sides of human nature. I think there are four main characters that play an important role in the novel. ...read more.

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The consequences are later explained. Piggy is from a lower class background. He is extremely intelligent and relies on his scientific values. My favourite character has to be Simon. He is the youngest of the boys, he is very pleasant, and he does good deeds for everyone. He is helpful and he helps build a fire (a method of rescue). He "found for them (little 'uns) fruit they could not reach." He is like the very few people in this world who set about helping others in proportion to the evil on the island as well as in the world. He is almost a Christ like figure and he thinks spiritually which I admire about him. The novel became more dramatic over the chapters. Chapter 8 and 9 are very powerful. I learnt a lot about myself as well as the depth of destruction and even civilisation within us as humans. ...read more.

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This theory was proven later on in the book when the brutal murder of Simon is carried out. "Kill the beast, cut his throat! Spill his blood!" Jack's tribe encourage the killing and everyone becomes seemingly excited over the killing. Even Ralph and Piggy who we once thought were "good" were deeply engaged in the murder. The ritual is very detailed and it actually scares you that humanity actually can go that far and brutality is common. I feel we are losing our civilisation as a nation and this book is just an observation and a display of how costly this is. I think differently about people now and generally confronting myself is a key thing I learnt. Golding has a deep imagination and a great sense of awareness and he proved this through his writing. I think he taught just about everybody what the real people we spend our everyday lives with are really like no matter what our judgements may be. I recommend this novel to everyone; it is enjoyable and knowledgeable. ...read more.

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