The Lord of the fly was writting by William Golding in 1954. In french cours we have study a traduction of this book.
It’s the stroy of a band of few boy between six and fourteen years old. After the crash of their plane they discover that they are alone on a island, without adults and at the beginnig they are happy of this discovery but progressidly tey are sad and finaly they miss their daily life. A litle society is take in place and not everyone is agree on who muss be the chief : it’s Ralph who is nommed to be chief but Jack the « hunter » of this band thinks that the chief muss be him. So a « war » begin between the two boy : Jack is violent and Ralph pacifist . For the children suvive is a game but Ralph and his « friend »,Porcinet, understand that it’s not a game and try to convaince the other. But nobody trust him and they prefer folow Jack who « feed » everyone and who is more funny than Ralph and his band. So at the End of the story only the twins, Porcinet and the « litle» stay with Ralph. In their island they need to do fire and only the glases of Porcinet may to do this so when the boys are divised in two side only one side have the glases to do fire : the side of Ralph. So one night the Jack’s band stile the glases and it’s a problem for Ralph because without fire, no smock and if there is no smock, nobody can see the children on the island and they are condamn to died on the island . So Ralph and his band go see Jack to have the glases. Jack refuse and after a « fight » Porcinet fall and die. It’s the third dead of the book.
I think it’s horrible that boys, YOUNG boys, can kill an other child just by game, for me it’s impossible. Childhood it’s the symbol of the innocence and for me innocence can’t be accociated with dead. I think that the author want to creat a litle society to show how this is in reality and the horrorof the reality that we can’t ever see. We are obliged to understand that everyone is dangerous, the children too. Even if you think that children are innocenct and that they can’t be dangerous, you have wrong ! In this book we see how the fear and to be thristy for power is dangerous for the other and also for you! Because the children are frightened by a monster so They look for security or confort and Jack can give this contrary to Ralph who have no mean, no fire, no plays… Jack have everything and especially the power and he won’t to share with Ralph so he become dangerous for the people against him. Everyone can be dangerous if you are against him, everyone can be with you if you have all they want. I think it’s not the vision we want to have of the life.
Normally I appreciate not really the story without woman, like in this book, but here, even if I will prefer that a girl be in the story, I have really enjoy the book because it question me one the way I see people and how for me the cildren are compulsorily good!
Even if I am a bit dissapointed by the end the story is particulary interressant by its psychological approach. But it’s not a book for the optimist !
It’s not unbiased but I think it’s really a book to read!