Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies

Claim:Lord of the Flies by William Golding should be banned from middle school because it has graphic depictions of violence.

Banned Book:Lord of the Flies By William Golding

Summery:Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a novel about a group of school boys who have plane crashed onto a deserted island. The story follows the exploits of these school boys and their attempts at survival. The story mainly follows Ralph, Jack, Piggy, Simon, Roger, Sam and Eric. When they first land the begin to develop a society that has Ralph as the Chief in hopes of survival. After this Ralph tries to start a signal fire, attempts to build shelters, and tries to keep order, but since most of the other boys won't help it usually ends in failure. Jack on the other hand continues under minds Ralph and becomes more savage as the days go by, He becomes obsessed with hunting, starts chants and even kills someone. This eventually leads to conflict between Jack and Ralph because of conflicting ideas. It leads to Piggy's death, and with Jack in charge of most of the other boys as a savage chieftain. This goes on for awhile but then it ends with a anticlimactic rescue buy a passing ship.

Reasons to be banned.

Reasons not to be banned.

Killing:"Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood."(Golding 69).

Literary Merit:A good support of this is in 1983 Lord of the Flies was awarded the Nobel Prize (Frank, par. 4)

Murder:"Even in the rain they could see how small a beast it was; and already its blood was staining the sand." (Golding 153)

Insanity:"... the head grinning amusedly in the strange daylight, ignoring the flies, the spilled guts, even ignoring the indignity of being spiked on a stick." (Golding 137).

Death: "Piggy fell forty feet and landed on his back across the square red rock in the sea. His head opened and stuff came out and turned red. Piggy's arms and legs twitched a bit..." (Golding 181)

Descriptive Language:Another good example is that Golding's work has descriptive language throughout that cannot be denied by teachers and others alike while also focusing on symbolism and moral lessons (Frank, par. 13)

Reflection: At the beginnig I thought that the story was slow, and I didn't see me enjoying it very much, but by the end I had recognized and understood the large amount of symbolism placed into this book and the plot behind it. After becoming aware of these things i began to enjoy the book from a new perspective. For instance I could connect with Ralph because I have been in a leadership position that was unstable and often hard to get people to listen. Also during that time I came into conflict with someone over the decisions I made.i was a ble to connect to the story making it that much more enjoyable. I personally believe that the stories plot is easy to understand but the symbolism can be tricky to understand at times, but you are able to understand as long as you think about it. By the end I learned that people react differently in different situations and that not all pieces of society are as stable as they should be. That at any moment a person could lose control and things could go bad. After all this though i think that I would recommend this novel because it is a interesting read and because it does have large amounts of description that make you feel as if your there. I believe that a person who enjoys reading about the conflicts in society or someone who enjoys stories that have large amounts of symbolism and literary merit would love to read this novel. Though before reading one must consider the violence in the story.



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