Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel written by William Golding in 1953 right after World War II. Although it may be seen as a children’s book it has a really deep meaning in it.
It is about a group of boys that are stranded on an island. In the beginning, boys see this as an advantage but it turns out to be the opposite. During the book, we encounter multiple arguments between the boys, and as the book goes on these turn into more serious issues. I won’t be telling further as I don’t want to spoil the ending.
All the characters and relationships between the boys represent aspects of society. Moreover, we can see the references to World War II in these representations. For instance, a character named Jack who represents dictatorship is in constant argument with Ralph who is thought to be representing civilization and democracy. There is much more representation other than these.
Lord of the Flies is a great book to read if you are a fan of allegorical fiction. Book really affected me deeply when I started to understand implications and I started to think what a genius man Golding was. I would highly recommend this book to anyone older than 15 as I couldn’t understand anything the first time I read the book.