What do you think of when you picture a group of 6 to 12-year old boys? How do you imagine their behaviors to be, and how do they interact with each other? Perhaps like most people, you may envision harmless, tame, typical playful and somewhat innocent boys, just content to play and be around each other instead of "the bossy, rule-establishing grown ups". ح However, you may be surprised to find quite a drastically different group of young boys in William Golding's Lord of the Flies, making the novel a successful, "if not also controversial"work of art. Lord of the Flies, William Golding's first novel, was published in 1954. (www. nobelprize. org) Written in 12 chapters and in third-person narrative, it recounts the events surrounding a group of young English boys on a deserted island during World War II. Golding's own war experience comes through in the novel as themes of the human condition, good and evil, government, and innocence stand out in rather explicit ways. Indeed the concept of original sin comes into play as the boys gradually lose their innocence and generally give into chaos and madness.