The Great Books Film

             After watching two films about the novel, Lord of the Flies, I found that what I focused on in each of them was quite different. Comparing the Great Books film to the film about William Golding, I found that the second was more useful. Although set to target a younger audience, I did not get so much new information out of the Great Books film as I did from the latter, and therefore, did not find it so engaging.

             The Great Books film focused on bringing more understanding to the reader about the actual events and characters in the story, and about why Golding was able to write the novel that he did. As I had read the book a few times already, I felt that I knew what was going on in Lord of the Flies, and had also discovered the symbolism behind it. Ideas such as adding fear to a group of people in order to bring out the dictating cruelty in all of us weren't what needed to be filled in for me. It was simply the repetition of my interpretations.

             The second film about William Golding, however, provided me with some insight I hadn't caught before. It opened up the mind of the author, forcing me to sit up and listen. I found it fascinating to hear him muse about his work, and connect with concepts of the sea that even he, perhaps, didn't realize he'd added in until that moment. His genius showed me each image as he spoke. That, to me, was the most interesting and useful part of either video, but particularly the Bragg film.

             I feel the most amazing part of Lord of the Flies is that Golding had a vision, and decided to sit down and "trace it". He was so positive that his book was valuable, that he accepted rejection time after time with a knowing, almost smug, smile, and sent it off again to be published. Watching this personality come through the Bragg film was most enjoyable, and I hope this is shown many years ahead in future English classes.

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