of the Flies
208 pages (July
William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys
who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling
and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954.
At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather
food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing
their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," and Piggy,
Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles
come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to
impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in
their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's
wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored
or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the
redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away
many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The
situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue
to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being
hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: "He forgot his
words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear
on flying feet." Golding's gripping novel explores the boundary
between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal
playing field of adolescent competition. --Jennifer Hubert
William (1911-1993) - features biographical background.
William Golding - from the Nobel Prize Internet Archive.
of the Flies - dedicated to the cast and crew of the 1961
- Lord of the Flies Info
Page - story analysis, character information, summary, and
an interactive forum.
- Lord of the
Flies Interactive Novel Study - covers characters, themes,
plot, discussion, etc.
of the Flies Lo-Fat - lighthearted look at every grade-school
student's nightmare. Includes character profiles, a map of the
island, chapter summaries, symbolism notes, and a reader's forum.
- Lord of the Flies Project
- by Chad Johnson and Emily Hicks. Features summary, critisism,
characters, and more.
- Lord of the Flies Study
of the Flies Vocabulary - list of common vocabulary words
with page numbers, definitions, and sample sentences.
- Pán Much (Lord of the
Flies) - description and analysis of Golding's novel. In Czech.