Thelma Ritter’s Latest: The ‘Lord of the Flies’ Oscar Campaign Comes to Life

“Lord of the Flies,” a 1943 novel about a group of boys being left to fend for themselves after a plane crash, has been cited by activists and academics as a cautionary tale about…

Thelma Ritter’s Latest: The ‘Lord of the Flies’ Oscar Campaign Comes to Life

“Lord of the Flies,” a 1943 novel about a group of boys being left to fend for themselves after a plane crash, has been cited by activists and academics as a cautionary tale about the danger of power.

“[T]here’s a realization that a boy with unlimited power has lots of different ways in which he can abuse it,” Heather Mallick, a children’s book author and teacher, told The Huffington Post’s Luke O’Neil in 2017. “The real issue is what happens when the person with the power becomes ungovernable, or loses their objective control.”

“Now, do I think of Thomas Jefferson as someone who had unconditional power? I do not,” Mallick wrote in an email to HuffPost. “I don’t even think of him as a hero, and think we need a new hero.”

One quarter of U.S. voters think the government shutdown could be helped by Donald Trump Jr. calling a female reporter a “bimbo.” Will Donald Trump Jr. spend any time at all chatting up his potential wife? How about his son, Tristan? (Views from the climate change portion of the GOP platform: As long as Donald Trump remains president, “science should be left to the scientists.”)

But in the current political climate, “Lord of the Flies” is no longer an impossibility. “Lord of the Flies” is now eligible for an Oscar.

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