Thursday, January 8, 2015

Lord of the Flies

Teachers who force students to read in my own opinion are the worst teachers. If adults want student to read and enjoy reading and learn from it, don't force us to do so with books that aren't interesting. I have no idea how he does it, but once again McCallum forced us to read a book that ended up being wonderful. So, thanks MC.

Lord of the Flies isn't your basic kids-get-stuck-on-an-island-and-get-saved kind of book, but more like a kids-get-stuck-on-an-island-and-you-learn-valuable-life-lessons kind of book. When the book first starts you are super confused and it seems like the author just started at a random point in time but slowly you understand the plot, and most people I've talked to sort of latch onto a character. The character I kind of latched onto was Simon. He does not get mentioned much in the whole book until the ending when he finds THE Lord of the Flies, which you'll have to read the book to find out what this wonderful creature is. He has a very odd interaction with this creature but being that he found the kind of main part of the book (the title) he must of been something special in William Golding's mind, as he was in my mind for some odd reason. You would think this book is just Jack and Ralph fighting over who is in charge, but if you look deeper and pay attention to all the other characters, I think you might possibly enjoy this book.

One suggested topic we might bring up is, what, if anything, does the dead parachutist symbolize? I didn't really think much of it but when I rethought about it after seeing this topic I kind of came to a different conclusion about it. I think the dead parachutist symbolizes kind of a failing in hope. Like this strong soldier has a hope that his parachute will work then, it fails him.

 Sorry for the disclaimer, but I hope that all makes sense cause I can't really word my thoughts very well.

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