Friday, May 27, 2016

William Golding "Lord of the flies"

It is so astoundingly that for so many years of existing, humanity cannot decide which shape should morality take. "Lord of the flies" tells us about nature of morality and about its connection with a wild human nature. Evil exists within men from our first appearance in the world. It is a wild sense produced by fear and thirst of survival and it is the main enemy of mind and society. "Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you" - tells the pig's skull to the one of the main heroes. The scene of this "interview" shakes your mind when you read it.  The symbol of the demon who lives inside, who has been created by your fear of the unknown, the lord of the flies lives somewhere inside and tries to swallow you.

We need to understand, that we always have a choice. We can listen to Piggy (voice of the mind) and stay with Ralph as a chief (civilization and society) and keep the fire going (work to have a salvation) or join the tribe of colored savages, hunting, killing and degrading with our own selfishness. It is always hard to choose between a moment of selfish fun and working for the commonweal because the human nature turns you to the first option. Golding tries to say, that you cannot build the society only on rules that seem right to everyone from the reasonable point of view. You always need to count your nature and keep in mind that we are humans, otherwise, the inner evil will become too strong and you wouldn't be able to control it.

"We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?" - asks Ralph when everything he tried to build was breaking down. He hadn't realized yet that he is already an adult, and Ralph, unlike Simon understands it only in the end of the novel. It is a very significant moment, that tells us that the novel is not about the children on the dead island. The novel is about adults in the dead world. The navy officer who rescued children in the last sentences of the book is a great symbol. He saved children from horrid things that were going to happen, he stopped the men hunt, but as the navy officer, he did the same terrible things in his past. Adult rescued kids from the lord of the flies, but who will rescue him?

I want to mention the mastery of William Golding. I don't know how, but I've been there, on the island, with those children. I was Piggy and cried "I have the conch!", I was Jack and hunted the pig, I was Simon and talked with the lord of the flies, and of course, I was Ralph and as an animal ran away from savages in wild, uncontrolled fear. It is magic how while reading a book you can feel the heroes, feel like them, see like them, think like them. You need to be really genius to write like this, and William Golding is. This is one of the most saturated and meaningful novels I've ever read.  

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