Summary[ edit ] Holiness defeats Error: He and his lady Una travel together as he fights the dragon Errour, then separate as the wizard Archimago tricks the Redcrosse Knight in a dream to think that Una is unchaste.
I've just finished rereading this book for my book club but, to be honest, I've liked it ever since my class were made to read it in high school.
Overall, Lord of the Flies doesn't seem to be very popular, but I've always liked the almost Hobbesian look at the state of nature and how humanity behaves when left alone without societal rules and structures. Make the characters all angel-faced kids with sadistic sides to their personality and what do you have?
Just your Kids are evil. Just your average high school drama, but set on a desert island. With a bit more bloody murder.
But not that much more. Inwhen this book was published, Britain was in the process of being forced to face some harsh realities that it had blissfully chosen to ignore beforehand - that it is not, in fact, the centre of the universe, and the British Empire was not a thing of national pride, but an embarrassing infringement on the freedom and rights of other human beings.
Much of British colonialism had been justified as a self-righteous mission to educate and modernise foreign "savages".
So when put into its historical context, alongside the decolonisation movements, this book could be said to be an interesting deconstruction of white, Western supremacy. This is not a tale of "savages" who were raised in poor, rural villages I can understand why some people interpret this book as racist.
And Piggy even asks "Which is better - to be a pack of painted niggers like you are or to be sensible like Ralph is? For me, I always saw it as Golding challenging the notion of savages being dark-skinned, uneducated people from rural areas. With this book, he says screw that, I'll show you savages!
I think that seemed especially clear from the ending when the officer says "I should have thought that a pack of British boys - you're all British, aren't you? Some readers say that you have to have quite a negative view of human nature already to appreciate this book, but I don't think that's true.
I'm not sure I necessarily agree with all the implications running around in the novel - namely, the failure of democracy and the pro-authority stance - but it serves as an interesting look at the dark side of human nature and how no one is beyond its reach.
Plus, anyone who had a bit of a rough time in high school will probably not find the events in this book a huge leap of the imagination.
The fascinating thing about Lord of the Flies is the way many historical parallels can be drawn from the messages it carries. You could choose to view the charismatic and manipulative Jack Merridew as a kind of Hitler or other dictator who takes advantage of a group of people at their weakest.
Dictators and radicals often find it easy to slip in when a society is in chaos Still a fascinating book after all these years.Lord of the Flies can also be viewed as a political allegory. At the end of World War II, one could say there was the "free world" and the Soviet Union.
These two groups can be demonstrated by the. Two major political themes are introduced by Jack: Anarchy then Dictatorship. Jack Merridew Democracy in "Lord of the Flies" Lord of the Flies as an allegory of the Cold War. A prequel to the 'Purge' series, and the first set in the inner city, is a crude exploitation film that still manages to pack a timely punch.
How is Lord of the Flies' story as a whole an allegory? What are the three allegories Lord of the Flies can be said as?
Religious, Psychological and Political. How is LotF a Political Allegory? They were trying to escape from the atmoic bombs threats but they then landed on the isalnd. Karma. Political Allegory In William Golding's Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies is an allegory on human society today, the novel's primary implication being that what we .
Definition of Allegory. An allegory is a work of art, such as a story or painting, in which the characters, images, and/or events act as symbols.