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Title: Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies
  • William Golding

A Well-Loved Book
  • Noted author Stephen King has said that Lord of
    the Flies is one of his all-time favorite books.
  • It has been ranked 41 by the board at the Modern
    Library in their List of Best Novels.
  • It was ranked 4 by Time Magazine in their list
    of the 100 Best Novels written in English.

Lord of the Flies in our Culture
  • Many authors and poets have referenced the images
    in Chapter 8-A Gift for the Darkness.
  • Castle Rock Entertainment is named after Chapter
  • The term Lord of the Flies is used by
    psychoanalysts and other social commentators to
    describe a mental phenomenon.
  • A Piggy-like or Jack-like character is often
    used as a synonym for certain personalities.

  • Time 1950s, after some sort of atomic
  • warfare has taken place
  • Place A tiny, previously uninhabited
  • coral island in the South Pacific.
  • The children have crash-landed
  • here after their plane was shot
  • down while they were on some
  • sort of trip with their schools.

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Meaning of the Title
  • The title is a reference to the Hebrew name
    Beelzebub, "god of the fly" or "host of the
    fly"), a name sometimes used as a synonym for
  • The reason why William Golding selected this for
    his books title will be discussed later (I dont
    want to give anything away!).

Did You Know?
  • Published in 1954, Lord of the Flies was William
    Golding's first novel.
  • It was adapted to film in 1963 by Peter Brook and
    again in 1990 by Harry Hook.
  • Best Seller in the 1960s
  • It holds position 70 Most Frequently Challenged
    Books of all-time.

Challenged Classics (in US only)
  • 1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 3.
    The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck 4. To
    Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 5. The Color
    Purple, by Alice Walker 6. Ulysses, by James
    Joyce 7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison 8. The Lord
    of the Flies, by William Golding 9. 1984, by
    George Orwell 10.The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

LOTF in Popular Culture
  • Iron Maiden composed a song about the novel.
  • The song "Lord of The Flies" can be found on The
    X Factor (1995).
  • It is claimed that Mark Burnett's Survivor
    reality TV series was inspired by the novel.
  • Nine Inch Nails song "Piggy" is Trent Reznor's
    vision of a conversation from chapter 8 in the

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Major Characters
  • Ralph
  • Piggy
  • Jack
  • Simon
  • Sam and Eric (sometimes written as Samneric)
  • Roger

Other Terms and Concepts to Help
  • Creepers small bushes, weeds, branches.
  • The boys in the novel are from mid-1900s England
  • Pink-the sun splashed color of the landscape of
    the island.

Worldview Explorations
  • Democracy, or voting, is always the best way to
    make decisions for a group.
  • Deep down, people are basically good.
  • It is possible for a book to change the way one
    views themselves.

Worldview Explorations
  1. Without rules, human beings would revert to
  2. Whenever a group of people live together, they
    will naturally develop a struggle for power.
  3. Everyone is capable of murder.
  4. When faced in a life or death situation, people
    will always act selfishly.
  5. Any problem can be solved if you think about it
    long enough.

Worldview Explorations
  • Children are capable of savage behavior.
  • When faced in a survival situation it is better
    to be stronger than smarter.
  • Is it better to give up moral beliefs in order to

Lord of the Flies
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