Hello everyone! As usual, I've been keeping up with my reading. I've read at least 30-45 minutes outside of class for leisure. I've gotten into the genre of mystery, which I haven't really focused on in a long time. Recently I read Lord of the Flies by William Golding and I loved it! It was a recommended title on the AP book list and I had heard many good things about it from my friends, so I decided that I might as well read it now.
Lord of the Flies is one of those novels that makes you take a step back and get a good look at humanity today. This novel really opened my eyes to the chaos and violence that we, as humans, create on a daily basis. This novel takes place on an unknown island where a group of boys is stranded. These boys are then seen trying to adapt to their new life on the island, hoping to eventually be rescued. As the boys continue to live and find their way on the island, some of them start hearing the voice of the Lord of the Flies (which is a symbolization of the devil or an evil voice), who tells them to do inhumane things that eventually lead to intense chaos. Later, some of
boys become savages
because they don't know any other way to be civilized and survive, simultaneously, while the rest try their best to stay organized and live until
the rescue day. As the novel goes through the adventures the boys face on the
island, the readers get to see the boys
let go of their humanity and turn wild.
In the novel, one part that intrigued me was when the boys came to realize that it was humans that were messing up each other, not the world or the animals in the world.
e middle of the book, one boy named Ralph, who was
one of the only ones intent on staying sane and normal, came to the realization
that, "'Maybe there isn't a beast In th ... maybe it's only us'" (70). This realization dawned on me at this same time
in the novel, too. As I hear about all the violence in the world, such as the
continuous persecution of Christians in Syria, I realize that humans are the
true beasts. To be able to take the lives of innocent people for their
different, inferior religion shows the lack of empathy and barbarity inside of us.
Even in our daily lives, we are overcome by evil and temptations that tempt us
to turn off our humanity. We are easily influenced by negative people and
thoughts. We allow the anger or darkness inside to take over our sanity,
eventually choosing insanity over sanity. Similarly, the boys in the novel
choose to listen to the Lord of the Flies' influences to do something totally
inhumane and out of their right minds. The Lord of the Flies is seen throughout
the novel getting inside the boys' heads and forcing them to choose insanity
over their sane minds. Sometimes, after a fight with my brother over something
useless, I sit and contemplate why the fight actually even started. When I do
think about the reason for the fight, I realize that there really wasn't a need
for any of the actions that caused us to become angry with each other. Most times, we forget to use sympathy and rationality to make good decisions. Instead, we use our primitive nature of putting one's own survival over others. It was
just my vulnerability to temptations that made me start up a fight and act uncivilized with others.