Lord of the Flies3

In 1990 William Goldings, Lord of the Flies, was converted into a movie once again. Practically everyone who has experienced high school has surely read this classic novel. The original symbolic story where the theme is An attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature, has somewhat transformed into a colorful motion picture featuring boys with the attitudes and use of foul language in the 90s.

Harry Hook and Sara Shiff portrayed the characters very well with boys who look, but not to say act, exactly how you expected. The movie begins the same as the novel; the airplane crashes and the boys manage to make it safely to the island. In the new movie, however, a major difference is the captain of the plane is also on the island with the boys. He soon becomes very ill and frightened, and ends up running off by himself and dies. In the novel the conch was a very significant part of their society and was quite symbolic. In the movie their effort to make the conch seem important, ultimately failed. The conch was there, but it definitely had not as much significance and meaning as it did in the novel. Hook and Shiff almost tried too hard to make sure that the theme was present and obvious, that it made the movie juvenile, and made it loose the whole effect of symbolism.

As the evil came into the novel it progressed slowly getting worse and worse. In the movie it seems that one minute Ralph and Jack are best friends and the next are fighting each other. Jacks so-called, tribe, protects their side of the island from the eventually, only remaining two sane boys, Ralph and Piggy. When Ralph and Piggy came to get his glasses back, Roger, pushing a large bolder off a cliff kills Piggy. In the movie it was basically just a chubby kid, hit by a rock, with a lot of blood around his body. Whereas in the novel it was a point of destruction and basically the power of evil taking over.

The scenery and characters of the movie were well chosen, but the effect and emotions that one received from reading the novel were not nearly the same. This attempt to recreate the symbolic and emotional theme of Lord of the Flies did not succeed.