Lord Of The Flies Play Vs Book Analysis

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Entertainment is available in many ways, shapes, and forms in today’s world of technology. Oftentimes we may find that these methods of entertainment are tools for information or even criticism. These criticisms often extend over various forms of media, with the same message being delivered in a different way. This can be seen in Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, which is not only a classic literary novel but also a play. The play version of Lord of the Flies, in which I attended, although staying true to the novel, differed in significant ways from the book itself.
Upon attending the Carnegie Mellon version of the play of Lord of the Flies, the first thing one may notice is that the theme is very different from the book. A theme, in this
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It is here where he meets fellow survivor and friend, Piggy. As Piggy and Ralph acquaint, they find a conch. This is crucial to the storyline, but in the play, a megaphone is substituted for the conch. A possible reason for this may be that since this play occurs during the age of technology, it is more likely to stumble upon a megaphone. Perhaps the reason a megaphone was omitted from the book would be that the publication of Lord of the Flies and the invention of the electric megaphone occurred during the same year, 1954. Despite the difference of what the conch was made of, however, it still served the same purpose within the play and the book. For example, it represented society and order and was ultimately broken in the end of both versions of Lord of the Flies. The megaphone, however, was not the only technological addition to the modernized version of the …show more content…
This varies from the book because every character in The Lord of the Flies is a young boy from England. However, the statement that such differences in who the characters are played are arbitrary can be made. For example, since the fraternity setting was adopted, it would not be unexpected to see college students take the roles of the main characters. One surprising part, however, was that women were given cast roles, even as main characters. This does not stay true to the storyline but did appear to make a large difference in how the play may have been seen by the audience. For example, Jack, who was played by a woman, pounces upon Ralph, who is played by a man. If one did not read the literary version of Lord of the Flies, they may mistakenly assume this as having a sexual backdrop. Further confusion about sexuality could be made because of the transition scene in which cast members erotically rubbed mud on each other while in their undergarments. Golding himself stated that Lord of the Flies did not have sexual themes, and although the play attempted to stray away from this, one could argue that the way in which the play was portrayed allowed for the confusion of the audience to occur. The basis of any play is casting, and it is important to obtain the right kind of people. Although the women did an excellent job of acting during the production, their

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