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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies was written by William Golding. This book was definitely Golding’s best book, and while it didn’t receive a lot of praise during its first years of being sold, people progressively started to open up to it as time passed by. Here is one random fact of the book: Lord of the Flies has been put on the banned book list a number of times and reason why you’ll find out while reading the review.

I see Lord of the Flies as one of the best parallel and allegory novels, as it has a clear and well understood plot that is quickly gravitates toward the reader, but within the plot contains an inward suggestion of human nature. The story takes pace during World War I, I believe. A group of British Boys are on an island without adult supervision to protect them, because while being escorted to a safe place on an airplane they were shot down by enemy forces. And being innately literal readers, we guess that the story is about the boys survival until rescue. We are correct. Without adults to manage their behavior, the British boys have to cope on their own. They have to get together, make shelters, make fires to summon rescue, hunt pigs for food, and establish rules and elections as to who will be in charge. Being boys in age from 6 to 12, they also want to have fun!

However, although the boys by themselves have fairly put together governmental stability, things go askew. We are introduced to a character who has the intent to kill, the leaders of the boys argue on rescue vs. hunting, and fear of a beast. Now before I give away the events of the book I wish to collaborate on my thoughts and feelings for Lord of the Flies. After reading the book, I began to question how much we as people really value morals and ethnics. We hear them and appreciate them, but we wouldn’t mind breaking them for our own desires. I also question human democracy. People continually beg governments for democracy and freedom. But by reading Lord of the Flies I found out that our wish for freedom does not involve or promote good and love.


Rocket Boys

The Rocket Boys

The Rocket Boys is a memoir written by Homer H. Hickam. The book reflects on Hickam’s past experiences: his childhood, Coalwood(home town), and family experiences. He not only discusses his dreams and efforts to pursue those dreams but also gives credit to those who helped him along the way. Homer Hickam also mentions those who opposed him in fulfilling his dreams. He admits that life inside the Hickam household was not always pleasant and warm. However, he successfully portrays his feelings, thoughts, expressions, and concerns throughout the series of events in his life.

As a child, Homer Hickam Jr. was referred to as “Sunny” and later as “Sonny”. He lived with two parents, Homer Hickam(his dad) and Mrs. Hickam. Sonny’s brother was Jim. Early in the novel, Hickam mentions the fight that he and his brother had as children. Their relationship is very weak and silent. They hardly say anything to each other on a daily basis. Hickam’s mom and dad often get into many arguments due to their opposing opinions. Hickam admits that tension and uncomforting silence that exists between the members of the family.

As a child, Homer Hickam grew up with a group of friends: O’Dell, Sherman, and Roy Lee. As friends, they experienced and played many childhood games and went to school together. During their first year of high school, Sonny and his friends grew an interest in rocketry, which first blossomed when Sonny’s first made rocket burned the fence of his house. Therefore, they created their own rocket group, the BCMA, and around town they were known as the rocket boys. Homer’s interest and growing knowledge in rockets inspires him to become an engineer, but this contradicts his father’s plans for Sonny’s life. As a miner, Sonny’s dad merely wishes for Sonny to be one as well.

One theme of the book which may be minor is the rivalry of the Russian Sputnik against American missiles in an attempt to reach to the moon. When the Russians land a rocket on the moon’s surface, Big Creek High(as well as the rest of the nation) is truly dismayed and believe the Russians are smarter than all Americans. Schools like Big Creek High are forced to give their students more homework and advanced teaching so that America can outsmart Russia. Sonny’s rocket group is seen by many as an opportunity for the rocket boys to gain capacity to only overcome the Russian’s technology and its capability.


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