Lord of the Flies: Movie and Book Comparison

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Lord of the flies
Movie and Book comparisons

"Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.” Linking the movie and novel of William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” there are many apparent differences. Despite the common plot, Hook failed to give the viewers the right idea of what Golding was trying to convey. Likewise, it is not only a change with the actual story line but also with some of the ways the characters acted. The 3 major differences that were seen are the shattering of the conch, the pilot’s presence, and Ralph’s attitude towards Piggy. Due to these major differences the novel left a greater impact on its readers than the movie on its viewers.

The first major alteration that the movie had done that was different from the book was that the pilot was present. He was considered the adult on the island, however Golding was trying to show that there were no adults and that they were all alone. Furthermore the pilot who ran away from the camp and hid in the cave was found to be the beast or “monster”. In the book version the beast was a dead parachuter. Most likely the director changed this sense in the movie compared to the book because possibly he wanted to show the chaos that the boys had on the island. The pilot that was under their supervision had run away and was later found dead by the boys. This showed and frightened the boys that their lack of responsibility and order that was very much needed or they would not survive.

The second major difference between the novel and the book was the way Ralph acted towards Piggy. In the novel, Ralph and Piggy had not known in each other whereas in the movie they seemed to have a relationship from the start. In Golding’s novel, Piggy began trusting Ralph and revealed some of his secrets such as how his name Piggy was discovered. Ralph used the information he learned about piggy to make fun of Piggy whenever the chance was possible. Ralph assumed that by...
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