Lord of the Flies ( again) — September 28, 2013

Lord of the Flies ( again)

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“Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic. The classic tale of a group of English school boys who are left stranded on an unpopulated island, and who must confront not only the defects of their society but the defects of their own natures.”

this is actually one of my favorite books. I read it when I was only in like 5th grade, so every time I read it there are new things I notice that I didn’t pick up on before. The initial story is cool, a survivor type thing. Lots of books like it, right? No. It’s looking past the basic plot that makes you see how dark it really is. I love the way people interpret it as different things. “A morality tale, a parody, a political treatise.” I think good books are somewhat open to interpretation.