Lord of the Flies: A Comparison of the Novel and the Film

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Lord of the Flies: A Comparison of Novel and Film In 1954, at the height of Cold War tensions and in the continually unfolding aftermath of World War II, William Golding produced an allegorical novel of singular potency. With Lord of the Flies, Golding simultaneously captured the sense of our collective lost innocence and of our mutual descent into savagery, using a lot of castaway grade-school boys to demonstrate that such behavior may well be in man's inherent nature. Golding's text would not only prove a remarkably successful and critically acclaimed literary work but it would also become fodder for a number of adaptations. Central to our discussion is the 1990 film adaptation directed by Harry Hook. As we will note, while the film conveys the same themes as are present in the text and conforms by and large to the narrative arc of the novel, it does also manipulate the story for the purposes of its theatrical consumption. In its plot content, its stylistic approach and its cultural orientation, the film differs critically form the novel. Where the plot is concerned, the film does obey most of the central details of the book. However, there is one fundamental difference in the story-line that creates a decidedly different effect than what is perhaps achieved in the text. Namely, at the outset of the book, we are essentially told that there are no grownups on the island. An air of mystery surrounds the whereabouts of a pilot but Ralph and Piggy resolve the matter
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