Is Golding's "Lord of the Flies" current nowadays? Why?

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danylyshen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the truest tests of literature is that it stands the test of time. Lord of the Flies passes this test with flying colours because it is still applicable today and it is just as relevant as when Golding first penned it. The reason why it's so enduring is due to the themes and the characters in it. Golding intended for each of the characters and the society to be an allegory for any human society. Hence we will have spiritualists like Simon, awkward intellectuals like Piggy, bullys like Roger, impotent politicians like Ralph, and cruel, narcissistic dictators like Jack. It teaches us a lesson about humanity, how we are with and to others, it teaches us about the potential of the darkness residing in the human breast. You could easily do a survey of current news headlines and popular figures and see some correlation and relevance to LOTF.

ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think "Lord of the Flies" is more current than ever. Just look at the success of f television shows that attempt to reveal how people survive on a tropical island. The show "Surivivor" was first, followed by "Lost" . Both shows garnered widespread popularity. In addition, the message of "Lord of the Flies" is still contemporary. The idea that without strong government man devolves into violent behavior is apparent in several areas around the world, including Darfur, Afganistan, Iraq and other smaller areas around the world. I believe Golding wrote not only a novel that was very contemporary for his time, but one which continues to warn us about the very nature of mankind.

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