Kid reviews for Lord of the Flies (2023)

.kaelz Teen, 13 years old

April 20, 2022

age 13+

Know your child’s maturity.

Though my 7th grade English class read this, our school is ahead of other public school grades. (Us at a 9th grade level) This book/movie was incredible, and I don’t even read! The plot was fascinating, the characters had so much depth, yet there was tons of information to discover, and it really gave you a glimpse on how immature a group of British, wealthy, teenage boys would react in a wild situation like this. Overall, I’d say that if your kid is mature enough, then they’ll enjoy LOTF. Especially if they don’t read, give them this. Great for me and my dad’s ADHD. Very stimulating.

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tyeuueyeyegfd Kid, 12 years old

September 17, 2021

age 6+

Movie great Book better

this is a story about a bunch of children giving in to their violent fantasies overall great read the book seen the filmnot too violent (this is because there was strict rules about media in the 60s)Ttldr; some nudity not sexual some British swears and 2 important and symbolic deaths both childrenmost of the boys kill anotherand a character Rodger (sociopath) kills a child called piggy.

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Good Nutrients Teen, 13 years old

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December 29, 2020

age 12+

Good but watch out for younger kids... *SPOILERS*

I think this movie is rlly good but for younger children you should watch out. The movie takes place on a island in the middle of the ocean. A group of schoolboys got there when there plane crashed after being shot down by bombers. At first the boys get along pretty good but then it becomes chaos!!! There is a lot of bullying directly to a boy calling him fat and taking his glasses. Also there is two very scary scenes of two kids dying, although for older kids these might look fake for younger kids they could be disturbing. Even then it is still pretty disturbing to watch and i would def not let children 12 and under watch this movie for the reasons listed above. The reason i said there was a good role model was only for the character Ralph who is a good leader and kind.P.S: none the less this is a fantastic movie with a pretty cool story.

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themagicconch Child

July 11, 2018

age 13+

An amazing novel brought to life!

The 1963 film adaptation brings Golding's classic novel to life. This version remained very true to the book. While this movie is chilling, the way it interprets the themes of the novel are spot on. I would defiantly recommend reading the novel before you watch the movie but afterwards it is very interesting to see the book on screen. However, it is quite violent and there is use of mild British profanities.

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Bonjojonesthebanjo Kid, 10 years old

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December 30, 2017

age 11+

Great movie for older kids

This movie is intense, but awesome as well. It's one of the few movies that I've watched that is all about kids. It's also a little sad. And even though it's about a group of kids stranded on an island, it is definitely not about friendship. There are also bad roll models for kids. But this a must see.

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Everything'sAmazing Child

December 11, 2012

age 13+

Enjoyable film adaption of 20th century classic

This is a very good movie and some scenes were especially good. The acting was great and the music was brilliant in effecting scenes and creating the mood. However some parts of the film seemed to drag on and disinterest me while watching them. I'd say that this film will be suitable for those thirteen and over however those who are sensitive to violence or scary scenes I would advise not to watch. In addition to the violence there is a lot of unnecessary swearing. Amongst them are words like f*ck/f*cking/f*cked, cr*p, sh*t, t*ts etc. Despite the violence and swearing I would recommend this film for it's litetary value, or at least may incline the viewer to read the book Lord Of The Flies which is one of the books a lot of schools make children study for in GCSE or A-Level. In addition this film provokes a lot of questions and gives off a philosophic message of savagery and what it takes to destroy civilisation.

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tuck123 Child

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September 10, 2012

age 12+

pretty insane

i bet it could be rated pg-13 now and day's but ya they have brief language and they are in there underwere the secound half of the movie and they kill to pepole one was on acsident they tried to spear him to deth thinking he was an animal becuze it was dark out and the secounde deth was they rolled a boulder of a cliff on to a guys head pretty sad though so i suggest a really mature 11 12 and 13 year old's or 15+

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LoralCandy Child

June 30, 2012

age 11+

LotF - from a GCSE student.

This movie stays very true to the book and has a much better storyline, structure and setting compared to the 1990 remake. The basis of the beginning of the book is the fact that the boys do not know each other and come from different areas of Britain; something this 1963 film adheres to but the 1990 one does not! Although the story is disturbing, it reflects our human nature and helps us to understand what type of situations can cause us to react in this way. When discussing this within a family, you should address how different ages would react to being in a similar situation - adults have a tendency to be more structured at first, and become increasingly more jealous of each other and attempt to take a leadership role. Children, on the other hand, would usually go along with whoever would wish to be leader and take a rather laidback role within a group, as opposed to trying to take over themselves. The positive messages in this are, of course, democracy and being confident enough to lead a group in a stressful situation.The positive role models are the leaders (until they become savage and bully).

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Katie_xoxoxo_ Child

May 20, 2012

age 10+

Lord Of The Flies - My view, now you decide.

It's a good film but one you have to keep watching. It is hard to understand at first but it is easy to get into. the bold stereotypical characters really make the film. I believe it can be interpreted in many ways, my view being that the message in this film is of the importance of leadership and higher achy. I enjoyed this film but wish it was in colour as the black and white makes it difficult to understand more stereotypical features and less easy to understand and interpret. As this film is often used in GCSE papers in the book version i see it an essential film for the young viewers today. After watching and studying this film i then read the book, this made it much easier to interpret. Much love for this as i am know hoping to purchase the acting version and the GCSE guide. It will captivate you and show you the truths of the world. whether it be for adult or child, i see it as an essential film to watch.

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nightslayer900 Child

January 22, 2011

age 5+

realy good

its definetly a good family film even though its in black and white it was intresting its not as in absoloutly brilliant but its got a positive message about teamwork great work though

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(Video) Lord of The Flies by William Golding | Book Review Thursday


Is Lord of the Flies appropriate for kids? ›

This coming-of-age book by William Golding is published by Riverhead Books, a division of Penguin Group and is written for ages 13 and up.

Why should kids read Lord of the Flies? ›

Lord of the Flies by William Golding has been a staple in high school English classrooms for decades, mainly because of its biting analysis of human nature and the need for society in order to avoid the deadly dangers of chaos.

What grade is appropriate for Lord of the Flies? ›

This book's Lexile measure is 770L and is frequently taught in the 9th and 10th grade.

What is a short summary of Lord of the Flies? ›

William Golding's 1954 novel "Lord of the Flies" tells the story of a group of young boys who find themselves alone on a deserted island. They develop rules and a system of organization, but without any adults to serve as a civilizing impulse, the children eventually become violent and brutal.

Is Lord of the Flies suitable for 8 year olds? ›

Lord of the Flies (1963), directed by Peter Brook, was classified X (suitable only for those aged 16 and over) for language and nudity as well as the final scenes in the film, which were considered too strong and alarming for children.

What is a negative review of Lord of the Flies? ›

The book overall was so unrealistic not to mention confusing. The end made no sense and the symbolism was just over the top. Everything had to have some deep meaning to it and other random concepts were pulled into it.

What is the main message of Lord of the Flies? ›

The central concern of Lord of the Flies is the conflict between two competing impulses that exist within all human beings: the instinct to live by rules, act peacefully, follow moral commands, and value the good of the group against the instinct to gratify one's immediate desires, act violently to obtain supremacy ...

What is the moral message of Lord of the Flies? ›

"The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of a society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectable."

Why do schools ban Lord of the Flies? ›

Lord of the Flies by William Golding was challenged in the Waterloo Iowa schools in 1992 because of profanity, lurid passages about sex, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, women, and the disabled. In 2000, it was challenged, but retained on the ninth-grade accelerated English reading list in Bloomfield, NY.

Why is it called Lord of the Flies? ›

Let's get the easy part out of the way first: "the Lord of the Flies" is what Simon ends up calling the severed pig's head—presumably because it's covered in flies. So, calling the book Lord of the Flies brings the boys' primitive violence front and center.

Why is Lord of the Flies controversial? ›

Controversy over Content

Much of the disturbing passages from Lord of the Flies involve graphic images of violence. As the boys stay on the island lengthens, Golding gradually exposes the innate, savage nature of human beings. Thus, Golding has the boys resort to hunting and killing animals.

Why is LOTF rated R? ›

Every change in “Lord of the Flies” (rated R for language and violence) was probably made for commercial considerations. Every change was probably justified as a way to bring “important material” to a wider audience.

What do Piggy's glasses symbolize? ›

The spectacles represent the boys' only means of obtaining fire through reflecting the sun's rays, and fire itself is symbolic of survival and rescue. Jack snatches the glasses off Piggy's face to create the fire, despite Piggy's protestations, and his dependence upon them.

What is the conclusion of Lord of the Flies? ›

In the final pages of Lord of the Flies , Ralph runs through the jungle fleeing both Jack and his pack of savage boys and the fire Jack set on the mountain. Ralph emerges onto the beach and is discovered by a British Naval officer who has come ashore after seeing the burning island from his ship.

What is Piggy's backstory in Lord of the Flies? ›

He comes from a lower social class than the others and has been brought up by an auntie. He wears glasses, is fat, has asthma and seems to be a bit lazy. Piggy saw the smile and misinterpreted it as friendliness.

Is Lord of the Flies disturbing? ›

The Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a classic literary work that is notably disturbing. The novel is about a group of British boys that land on a deserted island after their plane crashes during World War Two. There are no adults to guide these boys, so they must survive on their own.

How old is Piggy in Lord of the Flies? ›

Piggy. Piggy is a fat, shy twelve-year-old boy who has asthma; he is the only one who knows how to correctly pronounce asthma. The other boys on the island pronounce it as "ass-mar".

What is the age range of the boys in Lord of the Flies? ›

The group is roughly divided into the "littluns," boys around the age of six, and the "biguns," who are between the ages of ten and twelve.

What is Piggy's flaw in Lord of the Flies? ›

He cannot be the leader himself because he lacks leadership qualities and has no rapport with the other boys. Piggy also relies too heavily on the power of social convention. He believes that holding the conch gives him the right to be heard. He believes that upholding social conventions get results.

What is ironic about Lord of the Flies? ›

Dramatic Irony in Lord of the Flies

The irony is that grownups are afraid. They can't discuss and agree on things. That is the reason the boys are trapped on an island. If adults could discuss, there would have been no war, and the boys would be safe at school.

What is so good about Lord of the Flies? ›

The book is an allegory and commentary on morality and society. It talks about the difference of living in an orderly world compared to living a world in chaos, it talks about using reason over emotions in your judgment and living in order and law versus living in savagery.

What are 3 symbols in Lord of the Flies? ›

  • The Conch Shell. Ralph and Piggy discover the conch shell on the beach at the start of the novel and use it to summon the boys together after the crash separates them. ...
  • Piggy's Glasses. ...
  • The Signal Fire. ...
  • The Beast. ...
  • The Lord of the Flies. ...
  • Ralph, Piggy, Jack, Simon, and Roger.

What are the 3 main themes in Lord of the Flies? ›

Three themes in 'Lord of the Flies' are civilization vs. savagery, the impact of humankind on nature, and the nature of humanity.

Who kills Piggy? ›

While Piggy admonishes the boys for becoming savages, Roger releases a huge boulder in Piggy's direction, knocking him off the cliff to his death on the rocks below. A large wave quickly carries off his body.

What does Lord of the Flies teach us about human nature? ›

Golding contends that human nature, when free from the constraints of society, draws people away from common sense to savagery. His fundamental arguments are that human beings are savage by nature, and are moved by urges toward brutality and dominance over others.

Why are the boys evil in Lord of the Flies? ›

In the case of the boys on the island, they lose their sense of what is right and what is wrong when their own remodelling of society crumbles. It seems that Golding considers evil to be part of what is is to be human, and that an evil streak can be found in us all.

Why are they all boys in Lord of the Flies? ›

Golding himself has said he focused his book on only boys, and not only girls, for two reasons. The first was that he was once a little boy, not a little girl, and the second was that a “a group of little boys are more like scaled down society than a group of little girls will be.

Who dies in Lord of the Flies? ›

Introduction to Simon's Death

In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the character of Simon is also put to death while trying to spread knowledge to the other boys on the island. His death is meaningful because it calls attention to many of the symbolic messages in the book.

What is Piggy's full name in Lord of the Flies? ›

Piggy's real name is never revealed. Instead he is treated as though he is one of the pigs on the island - also like one of them, he is brutally killed. Piggy remains an outsider and a victim throughout the novel, though Ralph does come to respect him.

What does the pig head symbolize in Lord of the Flies? ›

Here, Golding makes clear that the pig's head, which is also referred to as Lord of the Flies, another name for the Devil, is a symbol of the beast, which represents evil. During his hallucination, Simon understands that the beast is not something that can be killed because it exists inside humans.

When Piggy dies in Lord of the Flies? ›

Piggy dies when approaching Jack's camp with Ralph. The two hope to appeal to reason and get the whole group of castaways together again in cooperation. Up above on the rocks, Roger dislodges a boulder that glances off Piggy's front from face to knees and sends him over the cliff to his death on the rocks below.

Who is cruel in Lord of the Flies? ›

Introduced as a quiet and intense older boy, Roger eventually becomes a sadistic and brutal terrorist over the course of Lord of the Flies . Midway through the book, Roger's cruelty begins to surface in an episode where he terrorizes the littlun Henry by throwing rocks at him.

Is Lord of the Flies banned in Texas? ›

Despite challenges, the book has never been banned. Lord of the Flies is currently ranked number eight on American Library Association's (ALA) list of Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century.

Is Lord of the Flies about God? ›

One of Golding's main themes is that all mankind has a sinful nature, and it manifests more easily in the absence of societal comfort. In the Lord of the Flies, he used young boys to represent mankind and the adult guardian figure to represent God.

Is The Lord of the Flies Based on a true story? ›

This story never happened. An English schoolmaster, William Golding, made up this story in 1951 – his novel Lord of the Flies would sell tens of millions of copies, be translated into more than 30 languages and hailed as one of the classics of the 20th century.

Is Lord of the Flies worth reading? ›

Lord of the Flies is a classic for a reason. It's well worth a read and really quite readable as classics go. If you're looking for an short classic book to get yourself into reading classics then Lord of the Flies is a great book to start with.

What does the fire symbolize in Lord of the Flies? ›

Lord of the Flies

Fire represents rescue and hope to the survivors. At first, the boys struggle to make a fire until Jack suggests that they could use Piggy's 'specs' and the sun's rays. The fire quickly burns out of control and a 'littlun' goes missing.

What does the beastie symbolize? ›

The Beast. The imaginary beast that frightens all the boys represents the primal instinct of savagery that exists within all human beings. The boys are afraid of the beast, but only Simon reaches the realization that they fear the beast because it exists within each of them.

What does Piggy's asthma symbolize? ›

Piggy represents the scientific and rational side of humanity, supporting Ralph's signal fires and helping to problem solve on the island. However, Piggy's asthma, weight, and poor eyesight make him physically inferior to the others, making him vulnerable to scorn and ostracism.

What is ironic at the end of Lord of the Flies? ›

Much of the irony at the end of the novel stems from Golding's portrayal of the naval officer. Although the naval officer saves Ralph, the ending of Lord of the Flies still is not particularly happy, and the moment in which the officer encounters the boys is not one of untainted joy.

Why did Ralph cry at the end of Lord of the Flies? ›

Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy. These lines from the end of Chapter 12 occur near the close of the novel, after the boys encounter the naval officer, who appears as if out of nowhere to save them.

How does Jack represent savagery? ›

Right from the start, Jack has a savage nature. He is a cruel bully and picks on those who are weaker than himself. Throughout the novel he gradually turns into a real savage with no sense of justice or what is right. He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling.

Does Piggy get eaten in Lord of the Flies? ›

Analysis: Chapter 11

Roger, the character least able to understand the civilizing impulse, crushes the conch shell as he looses the boulder and kills Piggy, the character least able to understand the savage impulse.

Who is the real hero in Lord of the Flies? ›

Ralph is the athletic, charismatic protagonist of Lord of the Flies. Elected the leader of the boys at the beginning of the novel, Ralph is the primary representative of order, civilization, and productive leadership in the novel.

What does Piggy's death reveal? ›

The death of Piggy not only symbolizes the complete destruction of civility and rationality on the island, but means Ralph is on his own to contend with Jack and his barbaric tribe. Piggy was Ralph's biggest supporter throughout the novel because he shared Ralph's passion for a structured civil society.

Is it the book appropriate for a 12 year old? ›

There are many reviews from parents stating that the book is a nightmare for kids below 16. So you may have to wait a while before reading it as the book is not child friendly. You can watch the movie instead. The book is always better, actually best, but in this case you better watch the movie for now.

Was Lord of the Flies censored? ›

Official Challenges

Despite challenges, the book has never been banned. Lord of the Flies is currently ranked number eight on American Library Association's (ALA) list of Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century.

What is it rated R for? ›

Restricted: R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.

Is 15 Year Old appropriate? ›

You is rated TV-MA on Netflix for sex, language, and violence, basically the trifecta of mature content. You is not kid friendly for kids nor most teens.

What books can a 11 year old read? ›

12 great books for 11-year-olds
  • High-Rise Mystery. Author: Sharna Jackson. ...
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  • Roller Girl. Author: Victoria Jamieson. ...
  • The Wolf Wilder. Author: Katherine Rundell. ...
  • Drone Racer. Author: Andy Briggs. ...
  • S.C.R.E.A.M: Carnival of Monsters. Author: Andrew Beasley. ...
  • The Nowhere Emporium. ...
  • Phoenix.

What is the main problem in Lord of the Flies? ›

The major conflict in Lord of the Flies is the struggle between Jack and Ralph. The fight for who will lead the island represents the clash between a peaceful democracy, as symbolized by Ralph, and a violent dictatorship, as symbolized by Jack.

Is there killing in Lord of the Flies? ›

In the darkness, Simon crawls into the group and tries to tell them what he has seen but it is too late. The boys have lost all control and thinking he is the Beast, they kill Simon - even Ralph and Piggy are involved. That night, Simon's body is carried out to sea.


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