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Title: Lord of the Flies William Golding

Lord of the FliesWilliam Golding
  • An Introduction

Good vs. Evil
  • As a child and adolescent, William Golding,
    like others in the innocent years before the War,
    had a fundamentally simple conception of the
    world. In a generic mode of thinking, during the
    years before the massive cruelty, devastation,
    and destruction wrought by World War II, the
    prevailing concept of man and society included
    two basic viewpoints man was essentially good
    and society was inherently evil.

Meet William Golding
  • William Gerald Golding was born September 19,
  • He was born in St. Columb Minor .
  • He had an interest in writing by age seven.
  • At twelve years, he had already written a
    multi-volume novel.
  • He received a B.A. degree in English from Oxford

Meet William Golding
  • He was employed as a social worker and then later
    as a teacher.
  • He served in the Royal Navy during World War II.
  • He became a lieutenant
  • Witnessed action against battleships,
    submarines, and aircraft
  • His aircraft was present for the D-Day invasion
  • Because of his new insight into evil and
    violence, he wrote the novel, Lord of the Flies
  • His novels examine the darkness of mans heart.

Meet William Golding
  • Some of Goldings published
  • The Inheritors (1956)
  • Pincher Martin (1956)
  • The Spire (1964)
  • The Pyramid (1967)
  • In addition, he served as a playwright, poet, and

Meet William Golding
  • After winning the Nobel Prize for Literature
    Golding stated
  • In all the books, I have suggested a shape in
    the universe that may, as it were, account for
    things. The greatest pleasure is just
    understanding. And if you can get people to
    understand their own humanitywell, thats the
    job of the writer (Moritz 1964).

At that Time What Influenced Golding Historical
Events of 1954
  • Cold War Era (after WWII)
  • The Cold War brought about fears of atomic
    destruction this is what ends up as the cause
    for the boys escape from England.
  • English Society
  • Society was based around class structure,
    military order, gendering, and social beliefs.
  • Other Historical Links
  • LOTF is an indirect response to the 1857
    novel, The Coral Island.

Timeline of The ActionThe Novel Begins
  • Mid-20th Century
  • During the reign of Elizabeth II, a plane-load
    of schoolboys is evacuated from England during an
    atomic bomb attack. The plane crashes over an
    uninhabited island somewhere in the Indian or
    Pacific Ocean.

  • The Island and the real world
  • Examine the microcosm
  • The island is a representation of what is
    happening in the outside world. Destruction and
    chaos are imitated within the society set up by
    the boys.
  • Paradox without realizing it, the boys have
    created the same society from which they were
    being protected.

Elements of Focus
  • While reading the novel, notice
  • Imagery / Figurative language
  • Characterization (Indirect/Direct)
  • Theme
  • Symbolism
  • Conflict/Complications
  • Character Motivation/Description
  • Character Roles (Protagonist, Antagonist, and
    Supporting characters).
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