EP001 William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies”

What happens when man is left to himself? Are we essentially good, loving and caring for others, or will we revert to our “primal” man? Or is it something entirely different?

The Lord of the Flies gives the picture of man when all authority is removed. One of the ways which God uses to govern the world is through authority, beginning with parents, including teachers and rulers, and even employers. When this authority is removed what is left? William Golding explores this theme as he tells the story of a few boys who lose all authority. The story, haunting though it might be, is the story of how The Lord of the Flies can inspire even the most seemingly pure of among us to do evil deeds.

Edition reviewed:
Lord of the Flies (50th Anniversary Edition)

Links discussed:
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_the_flies
Gospel Patterns in Literature: Familiar Truths in Unexpected Places
Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to Literature (Turning Point Christian Worldview Series)
The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog, 5th Edition

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