TheLordof the fliesis a novel by William Golding written in 1954, which depicts a groupof young boys who are stuck in an island and try to governthemselves, the result being disastrous. On the other hand, the Lordof fliesis also a movie adapted from the novel in 1990 and depicts similarthemes and characters this time in motion. Even though the movie hasbeen set in more symbolic manner, analysis of both pieces revealsthat book has out powered the imaginative value of the film, comingout to be the best interactive version of Lordof the flies .
Thenovel brings out the best of William Goldwing, showing how muchdeserved the Nobel award. The setting is in an unknown island wherelittle British boys survive after a planae crash. In an effort to getthemselves together as a team, the boys choose their leader as Ralph.As their leader, Ralph instructs that they should make a fire tosignal any vessel passing by and as they wait for the vessel, theyshould indulge themselves in a lot of fun. They get into a huntingparty and in the course of their frenzy, they engage in a murderousdance that leaves Simon dead and an attack that also leaves Piggydead. Towards the end of the book, the boys even start a fire thatalmost consumes the whole island, attracting the attention of apassing vessel, which rescues them. However, the boys realize theirfoolish acts and become very emotional over their foolish acts insuch for fun and adventure (Golding 50).
Themovie Lordof flieshas brought the imagination from the book to real motion pictures.The movie is almost the same with similar character names and thelocation being in an island of Jamaica. The film shows Americanmilitary school cadets who survive after a plane crash. The acts ofthe boys in the island are similar like those illustrated in thebook, with a similar ending where the boys find it hard to managetheir selves, leading to loss of their friends under weirdcircumstances. The film has therefore shown the far that we can gofor sake of independence and the loss that comes with decisions thatare not made in unison (Althaus 71).
Boththe film and the book have similar themes, attitudes, and the aims oftheir planners’ were directed to a similar goal. In both the movieand the film, it is clear to see how human conflict gets inevitableand how the boys fail to always bring their heads together, drawingpersonal feelings and reactions that cause them lives at the end ofboth pieces (Althaus 54).
Analysisof both the movie and the film draws different reactions. However, itis worth noting that the book has by far surpassed the film inaspects of symbolism. As the story develops, the reader does not havean idea of what will happen, showing the slow development of thestory. With such a beginning, it is clear to see how the reader gainsanxiety on a high level of imagination. As the story develops, it isalso clear to see how Goldwin shows how the desire to open theirhearts and start looking for the beast is an act that comes out ofinnocence and the desire to discover what has never been discovered.From an analysis, it is evident how even though civilization mayinfluence us, our inner evil still remains and regardless of thetime, we will always be in thirst of letting it out (Golding 40).
Onthe other hand, the movie is a clear reflection of what seemed tohappen for days happens in hours. The film summarizes everything andif not careful, the viewer might not get a glimpse of the themes thatbeing presented. Additionally, the theme music in the film seemedridiculous with the disparity in the tone causing tension to theviewer. However, it is worth noting that the scenery in the film wasamazing where the producer has left no chance when showing the sea,the forest, and the different timings of the day when the boys wereat the island. Therefore, the film can be termed as an amazingadaptation from the book, even with the little differences observedbetween the two (Althaus 68).
Insummation, the book on Lordof fliesoutdoes the film adapted from the same book in communicating with thereader on the themes of the author and the producer. In the book, thestory develops and the reader is in a position to relate what theyknow with what they are reading, drawing important lessons aboutlife, conflict, and the depiction of the inner evil even withcivilization. On the other hand, the scenery is excellent althoughthe producer seems to be hitting the point, leaving no chance forstory development. This would be harmful since most viewers may notsee the intent of the original story, making the literarymeaningless. Analysis of both the film and the book has asserted bookhas out powered the imaginative value of the film, coming out to bethe best interactive version of Lordof the flies.
Althaus,Benjamin. Lordof the Flies – Parallels and Differences between Golding`s Novel andHook`s Cinematic Adaption.München: GRIN Verlag GmbH, 2007. Print.
Golding,William. Lordof the Flies.New York: Coward-McCann, 1954. Print.