Cry of the hunters

“He snatched his knife out of the sheath and slammed it into the tree trunk. Next time there would be no mercy. He looked around fiercely, daring them to contradict. Then they broke out into the sunlight and for a while they were busy finding and devouring food as they moved down the scar towards the platform and the meeting. Page 41”

Lord of the flies written by William Golding is perhaps one of the most disturbing novels every written, not because of monsters or ghouls but because 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.

“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. Page 248”

Golding’s purpose throughout the novel is just that. To show mans inhumanity to man. To show that man once put in a beautiful place “this is a good island” can destroy it “the bad side of the island”

Although currently there has been two movies based on this award winning novel 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.

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 are often thought of with angels and god however military represents fighting and death so while showing the degradation of the boys from innocent to savage in Golding’s novel Hook was showing solder’s doing what they are trained to do such as hunt, kill and survive in the wild. Another major problem was the conch. The conch is a key part of the novel and it is barely mentioned through out hooks movie. Preter brook on the other hand uses the conch wherever possible.

The characters in the novel were all strategically based on types of people in the world and to represent the way they interact.

Ralph is world 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 common sense and the voice of reason of the island, he is the closest thing to an adult figure, and unfortunately, he interrupts the boys desire to ‘play’ and is eventually killed for disrupting the game. Piggy is the only one that could have saved them yet he is the only person the refuse to listen to.

“ ‘I’ve been thinking he said ‘about a clock. We could make a sundial. We could put sticks in the sand, and then ---’. The effort to express mathematical process involved was too great. He made a few passes instead. ‘And an airplane, and a TV set,’ said Ralph sourly ‘and a steam engine’ ”

Jack is the opposite to Ralph. Although he is a leader is a dictator where as Ralph is democracy. Jack only cares about himself and does not look into the future at all. He wants to have fun and hunt and forgets about being rescued. 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.

Rodger is a sadistic torturer a ‘henchman’ he is not a leader but he is what