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									The Lord of the Flies - by William Golding
 The Lord of the Flies – Title Significance

 “Beelzebub” is a Hebrew
   word for Lucifer



 The literal translation of
  “Beelzebub” into
  English is “Lord of the
  Flies”
            SIR WILLIAM GOLDING
   1911-1993


   Born in Britain


   Was employed as a
    schoolteacher


   Served five years in the Royal
    Navy during WWII


   Lord of the Flies published in
    1954
     Sir William Golding’s Influences
As a child, Golding had
 witnessed WWI, “the war to
 end all wars”

In the decade before Lord of
 the Flies was published, Britain
 had been involved in two more
 wars: World War II (which
 Golding served) and the
 Korean War
IMAGES FROM WWII
IMAGES FROM WWII




      IMAGES FROM WWII
PLOT OF LORD OF THE FLIES
William Golding sets his novel Lord of
the Flies at a time when Europe is in
the midst of nuclear destruction. A
group of British school boys, being
evacuated from England, crash lands
on a tropical island. No adults survive
the crash, and the novel is the story
of the boys' descent into chaos,
disorder, and evil.
           Artist’s Rendering of the Island




. The island in Lord of the Flies is never actually pointed out in the real world. The tropical location has a beach, as seen above, where Ralph and
Piggy emerge from the scar to find the conch. Further inland is the dense jungle, towards the center of which is Simon's mat of creepers. This is
also where pigs are hunted and the Lord of the Flies is eventually found. The mountain located at the very left of this rendering is where the boys
climb to the summit in order to take in their surroundings. It is also the location of the fire and the dead parachutist. Castle Rock, the other high
rising formation found on the opposite end of the island, rises high above the sea. The area is turned into a fortress for Jack and his tribe. The
island is described as being in the shape of a boat, which is approximated in the above picture. The boat imagery and the island itself are both
symbols, as found on the analysis page. The island is a microcosm for the real world, along with all the problems and realities faced in the
world.0/8


                                                                                                •      http://www.gerenser.com/lotf/island.html
                 Character Analysis
1) Ralph- Main character described
   as “fair haired,” having “broad
   shoulders…[like a] boxer’s,” and
   has a face that “proclaims no
   devil”

  Committed to civilization and
  morality


2) Piggy - Described as “fat,”
   “intellectual,” asthmatic, and
   needs glasses

  Represents scientific, rational side
  of civilization, and social order
                  Character Analysis
• Simon - Described as a skinny,
  vivid little boy, who
  “meditates;” and he faints at
  different times in the novel,
  which some cultures have
  believed is a sign of connecting
  with the spiritual world


  Seems to be connected with
  nature, and he has an innate,
  spiritual goodness
                 Character Analysis
• Sam and Eric (Samneric) ~
  Twins

  Described as barely having
  enough skin to cover both,
  bullet-headed, and they finish
  each other’s sentences

  The last to remain loyal to
  Ralph

  Represent the tug-of-war
  within us to remain good
                Character Analysis
• Jack - Described as having
  red hair, malevolent,
  aggressive, wears black with
  a snake clasp


• Cruel and manipulative
  Represents our savage
  instincts played out
                Character Analysis
Roger - “Silent” and sadistic
Targets the “littluns”
The only one to premeditate
murder

Kills without conscience
Pure evil
                Character Analysis
• “Littluns” ~ The younger kids

  Represent the common folk,
  who easily follow the lead of
  others into savagery when
  there is no enforced structure
  in society
THEMES IN LORD OF THE FLIES
Golding believes that we
 cannot escape our savage,
 violent tendencies… and
 without social order,
 society dissolves into
 chaos and savagery.
                    SYMBOLS
1) Piggy’s glasses – the last surviving
     evidence of the lawful, structured,
     rational world

 2) conch shell – order and democracy
    on the island

 3) The fire

 4) The Island

 5) The Beast

 6) Jack’s mask
           TERMS to REMEMBER
 Microcosm - A small world
  that represents the world
  at large



 Edenic – Eden-like,
  paradise like, a setting that
  has not yet been spoiled
  by man
      REVIEWS OF THE NOVEL

"beautifully written, tragic and provocative...

“vivid and enthralling”

“completely convincing and often very
  frightening”

“like a fragment of nightmare”

“a dizzy climax of terror”

"It is not only a first-rate adventure but a parable of our
 times "
Parodies of The Lord of the Flies
  The Simpsons
     FILM CLIP




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvmi3oZ_vH8

								
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