Cry of the Hunters

Next time there would be no mercy.

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Lord of the flies written by William Golding in 1954 is perhaps one of the most disturbing novels every written it is a narrative of a young boys on an island. This island is where they made the transformation from innocent British children to murderous savages and although this book it fictional it is and allegory of the world and represents man inhumanity to man. This is undoubtable Golding’s purpose of writing this novel.

“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called piggy.

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Although currently there are two movies based on this award winning novel and only one of them truly portrays Golding’s purpose. Peter brook and Harry hook directed the movies and although Hooks version is more pleasing to the eye as it is modern and in colour, Brooks movie is clearly the better of the two. How ever, the analysis of these movies in relation to Golding’s novel can be broken down into three sperate sections. Characters, symbolisms, and errors.

Ralph is a leader. Although Ralph is Good and morally correct his “failure to lead a democratic society successfully symbolises the failure of humankind to recognise or deal with the force of evil within itself”

Piggy is a intellectual and the voice of reason of the island; he is the closest thing to an adult figure. Piggy’s practicality was really portrayed in his death.

“The sea breathed in a long, slow sigh, the water boiled white and pink over the rock; and when it went, sucking back again, the body of piggy was gone”

Jack is the opposite to Ralph.. He does not agree with Ralph on most topics and does not care about the fire signal at all.

“ ‘You let the fire out’. Jack checked, vaguely irritated by this irrelevance but too happy to let it worry him’ ”

Jack is the head of the choir and perfectly represents Golding’s purpose He is what happens when there are not adult influences or authority.

Simon is the Christ like figure. He is spiritual and a mystic. He is epilepsy and has ‘visions’. The vision in which he talks to the lord of the flies (a pigs head) is the vision that really shows Golding’s message that everyone has the ability to be evil.

“ ‘Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt and kill!’ said the head. ‘ you knew didn’t you? I am part of you.”

Simon could free then from the beast, yet unfortunately he shared the same fate as another mystic’s. He was killed before he could share his knowledge with them.

The director Peter brook did the best he could with difficult scenes such as Simon’s death.

“Somewhere over the darkened curve of the world the sun and moon were pulling; and a film of water on the earth planet was held, bulging slightly on one side while the solid core turned. The great wave of the tide moved further along the island and the water lifted. Softly, surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape under the steadfast constellations, Simons dead body moved out towards the open sea”

Where as Simons death in Hooks movie was just as practical as piggy’s. You just see the boys watch his body go out to sea.

Perhaps the most symbolic part of the novel was piggy’s glasses. They represented civilisation and as it slowly deteriorated and was finally stolen, it represents the boys forgetting or choosing to ignore humanity on the island and perhaps the biggest clue into telling the viewer that jack is rather evil is that each time the glasses were cracked and finally stolen jack was the person responsible.

The movies, although based on the same novel, are quite different as each director has a unique vision of how the movie would end. Minor changes however caused major problems with the theme of Golding’s novel. Some of the more obvious script problems were located in Harry Hook’s movie. For example, having the children be part of a military was the complete opposite of having them as choir boys because choir boys