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HISTORICAL CONTEXT of LORD OF THE FLIES

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on 26 August 2013

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Transcript of HISTORICAL CONTEXT of LORD OF THE FLIES

WHO?
1.Dwight D.
Eisenhower
was president of US

2. Queen Elizabeth II had brown hair, not white (only 25 when she became
queen of England
in 1953)

DAY 1: Historical Context
Before beginning to read a novel, you should be familiar with the historical conditions that existed at the time the novel was written. Why?? Global
events,
issues, situations, etc. could have
influenced

the writing and topics discussed in the novel.

When:
Written in
1954
(post WWII & start of the
Cold

War)
Where:
Written & published in England.
The Scoop on LOTF:
Lifestyle, music, popular culture...
United States at the time...
What was in the News
2.Threat of Nuclear War (basically because the US bombed
Japan
).
~Everyone was on edge. Nuclear fallout...AHHH!!
~Bomb shelters, air raid drills, “nuclear drills” at school



3.Communist Countries vs. Democratic/Republican Countries
~ Soviet Union (Russia) vs. United States
~
Berlin
Wall was set up to separate Communists from Non-Communists in Germany.
~ East Germany= Communists / West Side = Non - communists
WWII Is OVER!!!! (but something filled its place)
1. Post-WWII & Start of
Cold
War
~Lasted from around 1945-1989 officially, when the
Berlin

Wall finally came down


1.British Schooling House System:
Pupils are organized into a number of groups at school. This system is to promote healthy
competition
based on inclusion and teamwork. There are
points
accumulated for each “house” or “group” throughout the year to produce an overall winning house at the end of the school year.
What Was British School Like?
-William Golding (a WWII veteran-part of
Royal Navy
- & teacher)
-Kind of a pessimist- got jaded after WWII (can't blame the guy...)
AUTHOR: William Golding
A Final Video Clip...to help you bring it all together...
http://www.brainpop.com/english/famousauthorsandbooks/lordoftheflies/

WHy it Matters
1. Characters of LOTF are trapped on an island after a plane crash.
The plane was
evacuating
them from England due to air raid 
 threats and such.

2. The whole novel explores what could happen when civilized society
deteriorates
because of a few leaders & their decisions.

Overall Objective & Essential Questions
-Why does humanity need to do more than just
survive
?
-Is there a common “human
nature
” that exists across cultures?
-What happens to a group of people when you challenge the “
norms
” (routines, traditions, etc.)
-Are people
inherently
good or bad?
-How can we use
literature
to better understand ourselves?
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
Enduring Understandings

-To thrive, humanity needs more than just basic
needs
being met.
-Archetypes
help us understand the variety of characters in literature and their overall role in the story being told.
-Archetypes aid us in fostering a deeper understanding of the human experience & how we
connect
to that experience.
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