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Copy of Lord of the Flies
Transcript of Copy of Lord of the Flies
Why should I care?
Did you know?
Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of British boys whose plane crashes on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. With no adults, the boys are left to fend for and govern themselves. The first trouble begins when the boys become fearful of a “beast” somewhere on the island. Troubles aside, they decide it would be best to build a fire to signal any passing ships. Eventually they get found by an officer of the British Navy.
• If you were to put your English class on a deserted, tropical island, what would happen?
Assume that there is plenty of food and no natural predators.
• When you watch little kids (fourth, fifth, sixth grade) play together, are they nice to each other?
• What is the cruelest, meanest thing you have ever seen done? What made it cruel?
• Have you ever been alone, outside, in the dark? How did it feel?
A story, poem, or picture that has a hidden meaning, usually a moral or political one
William Gerald Golding was born in Cornwall, England, in 1911.
The story is told by an anonymous third-person narrator who conveys the events of the novel without commenting on the action or intruding into the story.
The narrator in Lord of the Flies moves back and forth between different scenes and thoughts.
Lord of the Flies takes place on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean
The island itself is an allegory for society. The author shows that, like children stranded on a deserted island, society can break down due to bad leadership, mob mentality, and a lack of true civilization.
Loss of Innocence
Civilization Vs. Savagery
Innate Human Evil
Lord of the Flies
there's a beast in all of us
It's important to think about what happens when all rules go out the door, and man is forced to survive on his natural motives.
"We stopped checking for
monsters under our beds
when we realized they were
inside of us."
“Maybe there is a beast…. maybe it’s only us.”
“The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away.”
“Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy.”
In 1935, he graduated from Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a diploma in education.
He worked as a writer, actor, and producer with a small theater in London.
He considered the theater his strongest literary influence, citing Greek tragedians and Shakespeare
A group of young boys are stranded alone on an island. Left to fend for themselves, they must take on the responsibilities of adults, even if they are not ready to do so. Eventually, two sections form: one group (lead by Ralph) wants to build shelters and collect food; however, Jack’s group would rather have fun and hunt. This illustrates the difference between civilization and savagery.
1. Which character(s) from LOTF would have been popular at Kingsbury? Which one(s) would have been outcasts? Why?
2. Who would you rather have as a teacher: Jack, Piggy, or Ralph? Why?
Similar to metaphors because of the hidden meaning, except allegories' meanings are extended over an entire story
At our core, are we much better than animals?
The most obvious of the themes is man's need for civilization. Contrary to the belief that man is innocent and society evil, the story shows that laws and rules, policemen and schools are necessary to keep the darker side of human nature in line. When these institutions and concepts slip away or are ignored, human beings revert to a more primitive part of their nature.
Golding implies that the loss of innocence has little to do with age but is related to a person's understanding of human nature. It can happen at any age or not at all. Painful though it may be, this loss of innocence by coming to terms with reality is necessary if humanity is to survive.
The existence of civilization allows man to remain innocent or ignorant about his true nature. Although man needs civilization, it is important that he also be aware of his more primitive instincts. Only in this way can he reach true maturity.
What starts happening after Piggy's glasses are broken? How is this related to one of the themes?
What does the Lord of the Flies tell Simon? Which theme does this reveal?
How is Ralph's concern for the fire related to his need for civilization?
The conch gradually changes color, from pink to white. How does that relate to a theme? If the conch is destroyed, what does that symbolize?
Group Discussion Questions:
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1. What is the main idea of your article? RAGE
2. How does this article relate to a theme in Lord of the Flies? RAGE
3. Describe similarities between the events or ideas in the article and LOTF.