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Title: Lord of the Flies 1954


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Lord of the Flies1954
  • Introduction and Background

2
Title Translation
  • Beelzebub a Hebrew word for
  • LUCIFER
  • However, the literal translation of Beelzebub
  • into English is LORD OF THE FLIES

3
Your notes
  • Beelzebub-In HebrewLuciferliterally means Lord
    of the Flies

4
L.O.T.F Author
  • William Golding
  • Born in Britain
  • 1911-1993

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  • As a child, Golding had witnessed WWI, which was
    referred to as the war to end all wars
  • HOWEVER,
  • 22 years later Britain was again involved in
  • ANOTHER WAR, WWII
  • to end all wars, which caused more
    devastation than was imaginable

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Your Notes
  • WG saw two World Wars and was greatly impacted.

7
In the decade before LOTF was published,
Britain had been involved in two wars
  • WWII
  • Korean War

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Allegory
  • A work of fiction carrying two levels of meaning
  • - 1) a surface plot/narrative (literal)
  • - 2) symbolic/metaphorical meaning in which
    everything in story symbolizes something greater

10
Political Allegory
  • The world was divided into two camps, the free
    world and the Soviet Union. How can the LOTF be
    seen as a political allegory?
  • Ralphconcerned with the good of the camp and the
    return to civilization.
  • Jack-concerned more with his own need to kill and
    not the return to civilization.
  • Conflict-could equal end of civilization.

11
Religious Allegory
  • Garden of Eden 
  • Snake
  • Fall of Mankind
  • Cain and Abel
  • Simon

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Your notes
  • Garden of Eden  the island
  • Snake the beastie
  • Fall of Mankind parachutist and Piggy
  • Cain and Abel Jack and Ralph
  • Simon Christ figure

13
LOTF Symbols (Objects, characters, figures, or
colors that represent ideas or concepts)
  • Piggys Glasses
  • rational intelligence
  • Conch Shell
  • civilization
  • The Beast/
  • The Lord of the Flies
  • Evil within

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Your Notes
  • Piggys glasses-clear sight, rational ideas
  • Conch-civilization, order
  • Snake-fear
  • Beastie/Lord of the Fliesevil within

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Dialectical Journal
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Important Images
  • The Beast The imaginary evil that is projected
    onto the island by the boys paranoia
  • Lord of the Flies A pigs head on a stick that
    becomes the physical acceptance of evil on the
    island

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TERMS to REMEMBER
  • Microcosm A small world that represents the
    world at large
  • Edenic Eden like, paradise like, a setting that
    has not yet been spoiled by man

18
Character Analysis
  • Ralph Main character described as fair
    haired, having broad shoulderslike a
    boxers, and has a face that proclaims no
    devil
  • Represents civilization
  • Translation GOOD

19
Character Analysis
  • Piggy \ Described as fat, intellectual,
    asthmatic, and needs glasses
  • Represents scientific, rational side of
    civilization, and social order

20
Character Analysis
  • Jack Described as having red hair, wears black
    with a snake clasp, ugly
  • Cruel and manipulative
  • Represents our savage instincts played out
  • EVIL

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Character Analysis
  • Simon Described as a skinny, vivid little boy,
    who meditates and he faints, which some
    cultures have believed is a sign of connecting
    with the spiritual world
  • Mystic
  • Seems to be connected with nature, and he
    represents an innate, spiritual goodness

22
Character Analysis
  • Roger Silent and sadistic
  • Targets the littluns
  • The only one to premeditate murder
  • Kills without conscience
  • Represents Pure evil

23
Character Analysis
  • Sam and Eric (Samneric) Twins
  • Described as barely having enough skin to cover
    both, bullet-headed, and they finish each others
    sentences
  • The last to remain loyal to Ralph
  • Represent the tug-of-war
  • within us to remain good

24
Character Analysis
  • Littluns The younger kids
  • Represent the common folk, who easily follow the
    lead of others into savagery when there is no
    enforced structure in society

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Review
  • Know the author.
  • Know how world events influenced the author.
  • Know the allegorical interpretations.
  • Know the themes.
  • Know the terms.
  • Know the symbols.
  • Know the characters.
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