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Copy of Lord Of The Flies Introduction

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William Golding
Lord Of The Flies
During WWII, while leaving Britain for safety, the plane filled with twenty-four boys crashes on an deserted island.

This setting is intentional for several of the novel's purposes:

ISOLATION: creates a pure environment removed from influences of civilized society and allows for genuine and raw responses from the children. Their true nature and instincts will be free to emerge.
The Conch
<-- Point of View -->

This novel is 3rd person omniscient. The narrative alternates between the different people on the island and what they are doing. This is important because the reader is able to see how the characters are undergoing changes not only in their behavior but in their way of thinking.
1. Religious-
The primary religious influence in
England during Golding's time was English Protestantism a faith that find's it's roots in the Judeo-Christian ethic and Biblical Theology.
2. Historical/Political-
Golding's intimate involvement with WWII made him a first had witness of the struggle between the free world (democracy) and dictatorship (Nazi/Fascism)
William Golding
Golding's Life: Influences for LOTF
William Golding
born in
Golding attended Malborough
grammar school then onto
Brasenose College,
where he studied literature.
Marries and begins
teaching at Bishop Wordsworth’s School
Serves in British Navy.
Intimately interacts with
horrors of WWII, and is deeply
impacted by tragedy of Holocaust.
dies of a heart failure
Golding awarded Nobel Prize
for Literature wrote twelve novels.
He also wrote plays,
many essays and reviews,
several short stories,
some poems.
Returns to teaching.
Observant of student's
need for rules, discipline
and structure. Begins and
publishes LOTF.
We will approach allegory in LOTF from 3 primary historical/cultural influences from Golding's life
Inspiration for the book-
William Golding was inspired to write the book when he entered the Royal navy in England. He saw the horrors of the war and believed it was based on the the evil in people. His work as a teacher impressed upon him the need for societal law, constraints and structure.
Lord of the Flies was made into a movie in 1963 and then again in 1990. Here is the trailer for the '63 film.
The Island
3. Psychological-
Freud's theory of human psychology and the balance between human desire and morality was a primary perspective on human conscience and the struggle between good and evil.
Piggy's glasses represent his intelligence and hold the sense of safety, without the glasses the boys also wouldn't be able to start fires for light, warmth, and way to cook food.
Piggy's Glasses
The Beast
Enjoy the novel!
The Garden of Eden
Temptation and Sin
Moses Truth of God's Law
Jesus' Death/Sacrifice
Freud in Cartoons
Freud in Movies
Disney anti-Nazi Propaganda
Analyzing the Allegory
The Glasses
The Fire
Title: "Lord of the Flies" Biblical Allusion
The title is the contemporary English translation of the Hebrew word "Beelzebub" or the ancient biblical name for Satan.
Baal Zeebub
Lord of
The Beach
The Forest
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