In 1954 William Golding published the classic “The Lord of the Flies.” The story is about a handful of British boys who get stranded on an island, without any parents or authorities. The story then develops how these boys, though highly intelligent and surrounded by a paradisiacal, setting, descend into savage barbarity.
A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of listening to the audio book version of this work. What was interesting about this though, was that the company who put out the audio version included an interview that the author gave regarding the book. In that interview Golding revealed his main motivation for writing the book. He said, “I wanted to tell what would really happen if you left a bunch of boys to themselves without any form of authority.” From what I could tell, Golding was perturbed by the endless stories like Peter-Pan, where there are good little kids doing good little things.
I will not give away the ending of the book if you have not read (or listened!) to it. I will say though that the depiction is definitely not Peter-Pan-ish. The story is tragic and rather dark. That ought to be evident enough from the fact that the title of the book is “The Lord of the Flies.” This epitaph is one of the names that is applied to Satan in the Bible; Beelzebub.
Why this title, when never once is this reference mentioned in the script? It is hinting real identity of man, even from his youth. Paradise has been lost and it cannot ever be regained if man is left to himself.
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