Today’s prompt: A book everyone hated but you liked
It was brutal, but it was a true portrayal of humanity, especially the Hobbesian notion that man’s state of nature is to go to war. I had to read The Lord of the Flies for my freshman English class and it changed a lot of my naive thoughts about human relationships. When people are put into a stressful situation, they are more likely to split into groups and fight each other than they are to reach peaceful agreements.
Since the boys in the book were pretty far removed from their native England, they had none of the comforts of home: no parents to care for them or cook for them, no school to provide order, and no way of knowing what lurked on that island. That aspect of the book really made me think, What would my friends and I do in a situation like that? The poetic language and graphic descriptions of violence attracted me to the book as well, and I was most able to relate to the character Piggy. I actually cried when we reached the end of the book in class… and it’s not often that I cry over a book.
Nobody in my class really cared for the book because of its brutality and because the lessons it teaches are difficult to stomach, especially if you’re 14 years old. I think I was the only one who really enjoyed it… and I enjoyed it so much, I read it again the next year.