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Lovely Lord of the Flies
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Lovely Lord of the Flies

Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood! Do him in!...At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. This section from Lord of the Flies captures every bit of pure terror that William Golding wanted to display to his reader. Lord of the Flies is a realistic fiction book told in a third person point of view. In the beginning of the book, Ralph, the main character, meets a fat boy nicknamed Piggy. They begin to walk to a platform made of rocks. On their way they find a conch shell. Ralph soon discovers how to make a sound with it. He calls any survivors using this newfound skill. To Ralph and Piggys surprise, quite a few boys of varying age come out of the jungle. The boys elect Ralph as chief, and discover that their plane crashed on an uninhabited island. As chief, Ralph designates a group of boys that previously were in a choir as hunters and to keep a signal fire going. The leader of the hunters, Jack, eventually discovers that there are pigs on the island, but conflict arises when there are not enough hunters to both keep the fire going and hunt pigs at the same time. These boys encounter many difficult conflicts on their journey to survival.
I enjoyed Lord of the Flies for many reasons. One was that William Goldings metaphors describing the islands scenery were fantastic. In every chapter there seemed to be a description like pools of shadows and slanting sticks of sunlight. These details create a movie in the readers mind. I often re-read a paragraph to absorb the rich detail. Another wonderful feature of this book was the realistic plot. The storyline is so believable because of the boys actions. Some authors might have had the children love each other, and make houses, and maybe make a school for younger children. William Golding showed real human nature in violence and desperation in his book. This book had exceptional qualities.
Lord of the Flies was the best book Ive read in ages. Its wonderful details and plot made it a pleasure to read. I would definitely recommend this book to experienced readers who like stories of survival and extreme conflict. This piece really showed the true ugliness of mankind, and how the instinct to survive to drives us to do things we would normally never do.
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