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Lord Of The Flies[1]
Lord Of The Flies[1]
Lord Of The Flies[1]
Lord Of The Flies[1]
Lord Of The Flies[1]
Lord Of The Flies[1]
Lord Of The Flies[1]
Lord Of The Flies[1]
Lord Of The Flies[1]
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  • 1. CarmieArgento
    February 24, 2010
  • 2. Lord of the Flies
    By William Golding
  • 3. About William Golding
    • British novelist
    • 4. Born on September 19, 1911 and died in 1993
    • 5. Studied Science and English at Oxford
    • 6. Fought in Royal Navy during WWII
    • 7. He anticipated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day
    • 8. At war’s end, he returned to teaching and writing
    • 9. Earned the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature
  • The World Golding Knew
    • WWII 1939-1945
    • 10. The Fall of France to Nazi Germany in 1940
    • 11. Britain feared an invasion and evacuated children to other countries
    • 12. 1940- A German U-Boat torpedoed a British ship carrying children, killing the boys, thus suspending the overseas evacuation program.
  • Inspiration
    Golding once allowed his class of boys tor total freedom in a debate, but had to intervene as mayhem soon broke out
    Experiences in war
    Philosophical questions about human nature
  • 13. Facts about the Novel
    • Rejected 21 times before it was published
    • 14. Not successful until the early 1960s
    • 15. On the American Library Association’s list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000
  • Key Facts
    full title  ·  Lord of the Flies
    author  · William Golding
    type of work  · Novel
    genre  · Allegory; adventure story; castaway fiction; loss-of-innocence fiction
    time and place written  · Early 1950s; Salisbury, England
    date of first publication  ·  1954
    narrator  · 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.
    point of view  · The narrator speaks in the third person, primarily focusing on Ralph’s point of view but following Jack and Simon in certain episodes. The narrator is omniscient and gives us access to the characters’ inner thoughts.
    tone  · Dark; violent; pessimistic; tragic; unsparing
  • 16. tense  · Immediate past
    setting (time)  · Near future
    setting (place)  · A deserted tropical island
    protagonist  · Ralph
    major conflict · Free from the rules that adult society formerly imposed on them, the boys marooned on the island struggle with the conflicting human instincts that exist within each of them—the instinct to work toward civilization and order and the instinct to descend into savagery, violence, and chaos.
    themes  · Civilization vs. savagery; the loss of innocence; innate human evil
    motifs  · Biblical parallels; natural beauty; the bullying of the weak by the strong; the outward trappings of savagery (face paint, spears, totems, chants)
    symbols  · The conch shell; Piggy’s glasses; the signal fire; the beast; the Lord of the Flies; Ralph, Piggy, Jack, Simon, and Roger
  • 17. Story Synopsis
    • Set in the mid 1940s when Europe was engulfed in war
    • 18. A plane carrying British school boys is mistaken for a military craft and shot down.
    • 19. Only the boys survive the crash and try to form a society and govern themselves.
  • Characters
    Ralph -- The novel’s protagonist, the twelve-year-old English boy who is elected leader of the group; attempts to coordinate the boys’ efforts to build a miniature civilization on the island until they can be rescued
    Jack -- The novel’s antagonist, one of the older boys stranded on the island. Jack becomes the leader of the hunters but longs for total power and becomes increasingly wild, barbaric, and cruel as the novel progresses
    Piggy -- A whiny, intellectual boy
    From left - Ralph, Piggy, Jack
  • 20. Characters continued…
    Simon – shy, sensitive boy in the group. Simon, in some ways the only naturally “good” character on the island, behaves kindly toward the younger boys and is willing to work for the good of their community
    SamnEric– pair of twins closely allied with Ralph; Sam and Eric are always together, and the other boys often treat them as a single entity, calling them “Samneric.”
    Roger -- Jack’s “lieutenant.” A sadistic, cruel older boy who brutalizes the littluns
    Littluns– the younger boys on the island, who cry at night and are afraid of the beastie
    Lord of the Flies -- The name given to the sow’s head that Jack’s gang impales on a stake and erects in the forest as an offering to the “beast.”
  • 21. The Island
  • 22. Lord of the Flies Movie Trailer
  • 23. How about this for TV?
  • 24. Golding’s Message
    “The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature.”