“Lord of the Flies” by William Golding: brief analysis, summary, critical comment and themes
“Lord of the Flies” is a novel by William Golding (the first one written by the author), which was published in 1954.
The novel focuses on the story of a group of children (who are from six to twelve years old), who ended up in a deserted island in the middle of the sea due to the slaughter of their plane.
Although this is not explicitly supported, the novel is set during World War II (during the first, there were still no planes capable of carrying many people).
"Lord of the Flies" is William Golding’s masterpiece that, along with other great novels, highlights the most primal aspect of the permanent clash between barbarians and civilizations, between man and beast.
Human reality, therefore, does not know civilization as an antithesis of brutal barbarism, but are only two extreme poles of what is human nature. That's civil and brutal, disguised and sincere, but never purely good or bad.
The depth in this wonderful book is showing how even younger men in extreme situations become succubi of wild instinct, that of following a leader and challenging him, that of getting food first of all, to the culmination where pain and horror take The overcoming revealing the true intrinsic nature of the human soul.