Sample English Paper on Comparing and Contrasting the Movie, Lord of the Flies and the Book Lord of the Flies

Comparing and Contrasting the Movie, Lord of the Flies and the Book Lord of the Flies

Many similarities and differences are observed between the book Lord of the Flies and the movie with a similar title. The most notable difference is in the fact that the book was written by William Golding while the movie was directed by Harry Hook. Lord of Flies is a rich story about some boys whose aircraft accidentally crash on an abandoned island. The popularity of the novel is the main motivation; it appeared on the big screen. Despite similarities in the names and certain aspects in both book and movie, contrasting characteristics are present in both.

The plots of the movie and book are similar. The boys in the movie and the book utilize the scorch for the purpose of getting the boys together and signifying the person who is supposed to talk (Golding and Epstein 34). In both the movie and the book, the boys build a fire and Ralph is elected as the chief of the group. Even though the movie utilizes a similar plot and characterization, some details have been left out of the movie, which makes the audience perceive the movie as a wrong depiction of the book.

From the beginning of the movie, there are many differences that emerge and that greatly contrast with the book. For example, in the movie the boys use glow sticks in the cave. The major difference is in the fact that the movie uses an adult. From reading the novel, it is evident that the tone used is British compared to that of the movie, which is American; this fact portrays a great difference in language and the slang used in movie and book.

The mention of the nuclear bomb in the novel helps the reader to assume that the novel was written during the Second World War (Golding and Epstein 43). In the movie version, the mention of the popular TV show Alf helps the reader assume that the movie was produced during the 80s. Since the beginning of time, there has been an immense difference in both movies and books. Books possess the ability to show emotional sides of characters (Roth par 3). They present the possibility of discovering what characters think; in one instance, Simon encounters Lord of the flies and the readers get to know the conversation that happens in Simon’s head. When voting, Jack does not easily agree with the outcome as shown in the book, but in the movie he agrees with what happens by simply telling Ralph, “I guess you are the leader” (Balthazar Getty).

The movie does not pay much attention to the aspect of symbolism like in the book. In the movie, the audience is shown two knives; this has a great effect on symbolism as it divides its power. The movie does not use the pig head correctly because the conversation that happens with Simon is not well elaborated, in this sense not much is understood by the audience regarding this.

In summary, it is evident that the book extends a story that shows more details. Though the movie and the book are similar in some aspects, the book has presented the audience with a story line that has more character when compared to the book. In this sense, it can be argued that the book Lord of the Flies is better than its movie. The book creatively shows how the characters change in the island as a result of loneliness, despite the fact that the movie achieves its objectives of depicting a corrupt society and showing that humans are born evil, it does not come close to achieving the symbolism depicted by the book.

Works Cited

Golding, William and Epstein, Epstein. Lord of the Flies. New York: perigee Books, 2003.

Lord of the Flies. Dir. Harry Hook. Perf. Chris Furrh,Danuel Pipoly Balthazar Getty. 1990.

Roth, Sharon. ‘Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies’. 2015. <>.