A plane crashes on a deserted island and the only survivors are a group of English schoolboys. When I read the description of the story of Lord of the Flies, I immediately imagined an adventurous story of young English school boys using their scouting skills to make campfires and track game while discovering the true meaning of friendship. I was wrong. They do make a campfire and they are going to track game but not in the idyllic way I had thought.
Lord of the Flies is an intense story about mankind and the struggle between good and evil and between civilisation and savagery. The boys are completely alone and all the bonds with the civilised world are cut. On the island, they have to start a whole new society and soon the role each of them is going to play in this new world is set. You have Ralph, who is chosen to be the leader, Piggy, the smart but clumsy fat kid, Jack, an adventurous rebel and more kids, who all have their own characteristics.
If you have some trouble finding the deeper meaning and understanding the symbolism, you may have some trouble with this book, because almost all the places, objects and persons symbolise something. Don’t let that hold you back, though. You can use the site Sparknotes.com to look it up and read a summery after each chapter; it will help to understand the book better. I assure you it is worth it.
Lord of Flies, Sir William Golding. Perfection Learning, €16,49 (18+)