Cover of the original UK version of this book.
I’ve been thinking about two books this week and I thought I would share these. The first novel is Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I’ve been thinking about reading it again. It’s most appropriate considering the strange forms of abuse that I have been seeing, both on television in Kid Nation and in real life in my classrooms.
There is a real circle of abuse present in a lot of classrooms in Taiwan, and I’m not kidding. Worst are the schools with the best reputations, because they have to live up to those reps, no matter what or the parents pull their kids out of the school. What kind of a person would enjoy hurting a 4 year old child? In what kind of a world do we live in when this type of behavior is dismissed and overlooked or even worse, encouraged.
How far are these abusers willing to go. I have seen grotesque behavior from adults towards children, and I can’t fathom why these people actually do what they do. It’s a form of torture. Another teacher said that the abuser is evil and a sadist. She enjoys hurting little kids and gets orgasms from doing it. I wouldn’t be surprised if the abuser got some form of pleasure from hurting little 4 and 5 year old. Each week, I am shocked and shocked further by the treatment the kids receive. The most unfortunate kids receive the same kind of beatings at home. I am working on a few more posts. I was totally shocked to see a giant bruise on one of my 1st grader’s face. It was blue and yellow. I was revolted.
I leave you know to ponder this while quoting the wiki entry on Lord of the Flies. As for myself, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the world lord of the flies is a reference to Beelzebub, another name of Satan.
Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel by Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding. It discusses how civility created by man fails and how man shall always turn to savagery, using the allegory of a group of school-boys trapped on a deserted island who attempt to govern themselves and fail disastrously. Its stances on the already controversial subjects of human nature and individual welfare versus the common good earned it position 70 on the American Library Association‘s list of the 100 most frequently challenged Books of 1990–2000. The novel was chosen by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.
Published in 1954, Lord of the Flies was Golding’s first novel, and although it was not a great success at the time — selling fewer than three thousand copies in the United States during 1955 before going out of print — it soon went on to become a bestseller, and by the early 1960s was required reading in many schools and colleges. It was adapted to film in 1963 by Peter Brook, and again in 1990 by Harry Hook.
The title is said to be a reference to a line from King Lear – “As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods, — They kill us for their sport”. (King Lear Act IV, Scene 1) It may also be a reference to the Hebrew name Beelzebub (בעל זבוב, Baal-zvuv, “god of the fly”, “host of the fly” or literally “Lord of Flies”), a name sometimes used as a synonym for Satan.
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