This semester I got to study Modern British Fiction for my Fiction paper. And let me tell you, studying Modern novel is no easy task. Out of the four prescribed novels, I struggled to finished the first three and managed to complete them over 3 months. But it was different when I picked up the last one, that is, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
Lord of the Flies is about a group of school children who are abandoned on an island after their plane crashes. Having no adult member to look after them, these children are on their own amidst the wilderness of the uninhabited island. There are small children who just want to go to their homes and then there are teenagers who understand the gravity of the situation.
Initially the boys remain in discipline and try to work as a team. But discipline and order is a product of civilization and these boys are out in wilderness without any trace of civilization and adult supervision. Living close to nature, the boys are drawn towards the primordial instincts of the savagery that has always been in human beings. After all, it is civilization that separates humans from animals and now that these boys are out of civilization, the evil starts unleashing itself from within.
And soon there are two groups- a group of hunters and a group of rational beings. It is Civilization versus Savagery. And there is also the beast that lurks in the darkness but where does it come from? Where does it vanishes in the daylight? Will the boys be rescued? Or will they perish on the island?
Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1983 and it was said that his novels “illuminate the human condition in the world of today.” This novel is truly a masterpiece by Golding and a testimony to Golding’s merit. He shows, in a brutal yet beautiful manner, how are basic instincts of survival and savagery return as soon as we are placed out of civilization.
Through his writing, Golding paints a world that harbours evil in its dark centre that is forever ready to engulf the innocence and order of the human world. A book that will leave you mesmerised. A book that will bring you face to face with the evil that lies within us. A books that accounts for the sinisterness that lies hidden beneath the innocence. A must read.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Do share your thoughts. Thanks.