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Lord of the Flies

 Author: William Golding  Category: Drama  Published: September 17, 1954  Language: English  File Size: 1.4 MB  Tags: AdventureClassicsdramaDystopiaFictionLiteraturenovelPsychologySchool |  Download PDF


Lord of the Flies by William Golding, explores the theme of  civilization, rules, and order; innocence lost; mob mentality; knowledge; and nature.


It tells the story of a group of young boys who find themselves alone on a deserted island. They develop rules and a system of organization, but without any adults to serve as a civilizing impulse, the children eventually become violent and brutal.

Famous  Quotes:

“He capered toward Bill, and the mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.”

“We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything.”

“What I mean is . . . maybe it’s only us”

“Which is better—to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?”

“There isn’t anyone to help you. Only me. And I’m the Beast. . . . Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! . . . You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are the way they are?”

“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy.”

“They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate.”

“There aren’t any grownups. We shall have to look after ourselves.”

“The thing is – fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream.”

“What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages? What’s grownups going to think?”

“The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away.”

“Simon, walking in front of Ralph, felt a flicker of incredulity—a beast with claws that scratched, that sat on a mountain-top, that left no tracks and yet was not fast enough to catch Samneric. However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human, at once heroic and sick.”

“Grownups know things,” said Piggy. “They ain’t afraid of the dark. They’d meet and have tea and discuss. Then things ‘ud be all right-”

“Something deep in Ralph spoke for him.