William Golding 's Lord Of The Flies

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Most of the time, the smallest detail yields the biggest impact. In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Golding’s inclusion of minute details helps to strongly communicate his theme of man’s innate darkness. On the other hand, Peter Brook’s film, Lord of the Flies, lacks some of the details required to convey Golding’s message properly. Because the novel includes the necessary details to convey the idea of mankind’s inner darkness and violence, the novel conveys Golding’s theme more effectively than Peter Brook’s film. The details that help support Golding’s theme in the novel include vivid imagery and setting, an appropriate characterization of Simon, and detailed symbols. First, the film’s setting fails to create a strong feeling of…show more content…
In Brook’s film, the boys merely reference the heat on the island and remove some of their clothing. Simply stating the heat’s presence and how the boys remove their clothes hardly creates a hot, suffocating feeling. Without the physical, overpowering feeling of heat, there is hardly a feeling of tension between the boys. Therefore, the sole reference to the presence of heat deemphasizes the idea that man is a violent race. Therefore, the novel conveys Golding’s message more effectively because it exposes the tension and violence among the boys. Throughout literature, setting plays a vital role in creating tone by providing the reader or the viewer some perspective with essential information about the overall location and tone of the piece. In other words, setting is as important to a story as eyes are to humans. Eyes help humans determine location and help them navigate terrain. In terms of the story, Golding’s novel describes the island from the terrain and wildlife, to the physical feeling of the scalding sun and the warm ocean. Meanwhile, Brook’s film merely shows that the boys are stranded on an uninhabited island. Brook neglects to focus on the importance of the island terrain. Thus, the film’s setting resembles eyes that require glasses. The terrain of Brook’s island is unclear. In addition to providing perspective, setting helps construct the tone of the story. Continuing the metaphor, eyes can aid with navigation, but eyes alone cannot help an individual

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