Lord of Flies is a 1954 novel by William Golding about a group of British boys trapped on an uninhabited island, following a plane crash. Left alone, they begin to govern themselves to disastrous results.
A novel which explores human nature and the temptation and inevitably of regressing into a primitive state without social structure and order, The Lord of the Flies did not enjoy popularity at its time of publication and was in fact included on several lists of banned or challenged books.
The novel focuses on what happens when the children establish a new order for themselves and instinctively form tribes of ‘Biguns and Littleuns’ and lays bare innocent human instinct until that innocence is eventually robbed.
Featuring children who are well educated as protagonists, the novel was controversial for its portrayal of children but has since been celebrated for its depiction of the ‘beast with us all’ and exposure of our way of being…