In my quest to read the greatest American horror stories of all time, I'm so elated to say I've finally reached Lord of the Flies. Oh my, what an epic story in great proportions! I think what scared me the most about this story are the parallels between the timeline in the story and our time we're living right now.
Our story begins with a plane crash that lands the boys on this beautiful coral oasis island in the middle of who-knows-where. Immediately, Ralph, being one of the eldest boys decides to take it upon himself to explore the island and find out how many others are there. He takes a conch shell and blows through it and discovers there are various size boys displaced the same as he.
Until they can be rescued, Ralph takes a poll and asks the boys to vote who should be their chief to help guide them. Hands down, Ralph wins. It is realized very early that the littler boys are frightened and crying for their mothers, while the bigger boys begin to think of survival straight away. As they explore and learn about the island, they find fruit they can eat, while some of them ate things that weren't so good, causing them to get sick.
The longer they stayed on the island, it was becoming obvious that a shift was changing within 'some' of the boys. Ralph could clearly see that his word was no longer being listened to. They seemed to be interested in Jack Merridew and what he had to say. After all, he was about killing pigs for meat to eat, and killing anything 'else' that stood in his way. As the story advances, it becomes very clear that these young boys have turned into total savages. They reverted back to caveman days without thought or a care in the world.
Eventually, as the boys began to divide, Jack's tribe was much larger than Ralph's. Poor Ralph had no one he could confide in or help him. Jack had a thirst for blood and didn't mind spilling it--and it did not have to be a pig's blood. If you didn't follow 'his' rules, you might find a spear stuck in your chest.
I've always heard about Lord of the Flies and I knew when someone said people are acting like the named title, I knew exactly what they meant. The saddest thing of all, Golding wrote this novel 64 years ago, and here I can see things happening to our country right now! Actually, not just our country, but the world. With social media and politicians who feel it's quite all right to say and act any way they please as if this is the norm! All the laws and rights we Americans have fought so hard for to ensure an equality for all Americans, was for not. Our country is reverting back to a time I dare not think of. Hmm, see the similarities of the story and today! Who knew Golding would tell a story that would eventually come true. How terrifying is that!