Title: Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
Genre: Allegorical Fiction
Summary: Lord of the Flies by William Golding begins with a group of boys stranded on a
deserted island after a fatal plane crash. We are then introduced to the protagonist Ralph and a
supporting character named Piggy. Piggy finds a conch on the beach and blows into it signaling
the other boys on the island to come to the sound. This is when we find a group of choir boys
led by a boy named Jack. Ralph is voted to be the leader of all of the boys and he tries to
organize the boys and make sure everything is peaceful on the island. Slowly as the book
moves on we see more and more conflict and less and less organization between the boys.
With no parents to keep the boys in line chaos starts to outbreak between them and we see the
effects of no adult supervision. Lord of the Flies shows what can happen in a society that has no
laws or superior supervision and demonstrates human nature in the midst of chaos.
Opinion: I would rate Lord of the Flies 4.5 out of 5 stars for a couple of reasons. First, I really
enjoy the way Golding uses symbolism throughout the book to show the change in the boys'
character. An example of this is the conch and the beast. I also really liked how action-filled the
book was and the constant character development that was displayed. I would recommend this
book for people who like to read books with action and hidden deeper meaning. Overall this was
a very well written book and definitely a page-turner.