‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding

book7Northop Frye in The Educated Imagination uses the metaphor of a person cast away in a desert island to explain the three levels in which the mind operates,  how it interacts with the world and how these levels are expressed in different ‘languages’.

I’ve been studying understanding of human imagination for my MEd dissertation and Frye’s metaphor of the desert island made me remember stories such as Cast Away with Tom Hanks, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Lord of the Flies. So back to the book I went but this time reading it in a completely different tone and I realised how absolutely terrifying the story is. It is the stuff of nightmares because it is not about the loss of innocence but its intrinsic absence. No horror stories and gore can compare to the terror that this story brings because you simply realise that the desert island may actually be just round the corner…

Golding, W. (1954) Lord of the Flies. London: Faber and Faber.

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