Of Lowly Lords and Minors: an Audible Tale of Tragedy

You have probably read the Lord of the Flies in in print or as an eBook. However, there is a chance that you have not looked at the audio version of the book. The most obvious thing here is the addition of the voice element. In the Lord of the Flies audio book, you get to capture the raw emotions, the fear, the wanton destruction of the human conscience and the savage being that takes over when the veil of humanity is lifted. You go into a dark world where evil resides .In this world, William Goulding brings us the devil in his barest forms. We are forced to endure the horror of human transformation and the consequences that follow folly.

The scenario is out of the ordinary. A plane crashes in the middle of nowhere, and this is where the conflict starts building. The passengers are an equal mix, but the startling event here is that all the adults die in the tragedy. The only ones left are an unlikely group: boys, all of them British, between the ages of 6 and 12. They are not yet teenagers, but what has gone down has gone down, and the boys have to climb out of the metaphorical hole that fate has dug for them. The boys actually start quite okay, and it is evident in their voices. They have to establish a community and a system of authority, and Ralph, one of the older ones, becomes the leader.

Trouble begins when a boy called Jack becomes deeply envious of Ralph. When the latter decides to bring the boys together to build a fire to keep off a beast they believe resides in the islands, Jack decides to go a different way; hunting for pigs. In the meantime, we hear of Simon. He is a goodly chap, and he is philosophical in many ways. The Lord of the Flies audio book helps us to listen to his philosophy, and we immediately get to like him. His primal wish is help the others to survive, and he wants to survive too, but only by extension.

Jack is the antagonist here, and he manages to work up a desperate frenzy into the hearts and minds of the other boys. There is no logic here, just a primal need to survive occasioned by the foolish arrogance of the young. Soon, Ralph loses his position as a leader. It all goes down south from here. We can almost see, but instead distinctly hear Piggy dying. We can all see Simon hallucinating, and we cannot avoid the voice of Ralph panting, running away from the savages, running for his life and into the unknown.

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