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Lord of the Flies Introduction

To be given before the reading of the book.

Tatiana Mein

on 30 March 2011

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Transcript of Lord of the Flies Introduction

Symbolism Published in 1954
Big success by the 1960s
Allegory William Golding Humans are violent by nature Primitivity Innocence Rules and Order Fear
Power Identity Religion Ralph Piggy Jack Roger Simon The Choir Littluns
"Samneric" Percival Themes/Motifs a unifying or dominant idea in a work of art or literature Characters Lord of the Flies Born in Cornwall, England, 1911 Wrote more than15 books, mostly novels, but also poetry,essays and a play School teacher
Lecturer Writer Royal Navy 1940-1946 Saw action in World War II. It turned his life upside down. Sinking of the Bismarck D-Day “My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.” -William Golding Saw the dark side of man's violent nature Setting We not know the date, but can infer that it is set in the future. A nuclear war is underway. A group of English schoolboys
are on a plane, attempting to escape
the conflict. They are shot down and
stranded on a deserted island
in the Pacific Ocean. The adults are all dead. Imagery A natural leader Head Choirboy level-headed "attractive" and "fair" Charismatic and inclined to leadership Order Chaos leads through power leads by consensus A social outcast Asthma Intelligent and logical "bag of fat" Lord of the Flies physical weakness Fainting Compassionate Sensitive wise, mature and insightful prophetic Twins Lack of individuality “an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy” Sadist A representative littlun anxious constantly cries What's up with the title? Beelzebub a collection of interconnected symbols in a work of literature that represent or refer to people, ideas, or events outside the work The use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas. appeals to the five senses repetition of images or ideas throughout a work a story with two meanings: a literal and a symbolic epileptic
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