GCSE: William Golding

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Golding's ideas and expression

  1. 1 The novel's title The Lord Of The Flies comes from the Arabic Ba‘al az-Zubab, so Beezlebub, meaning 'lord of demon flies' or 'the devil'.
  2. 2 The novel explores the thin veneer of civilisation and considers the idea that a scratch to the surface will resort everyone to savagery.
  3. 3 It also considers the loss of innocence, the break down of civilisation and the break down of friendships through violent bullying, death or the violence around them.
  4. 4 As the novel progresses the boys’ language deteriorates to mirror the events. For example

The themes of 'Lord Of The Flies'

  1. 1 War

    Plane crash,
    Nuclear bomb,
    The violent ‘games’ the boys play reflects what is happening in the adult world.
  2. 2 Violence

    The killing of pig,
    The boys revert to ‘wild’ savages,
    Ralph becomes a hunted animal,
    Simon is torn apart.
  3. 3 Setting

    The island originally seems like a paradise but there is foreshadowing in ‘the scar’ that the plane makes,
    Humans turn paradise into a hell,
    The boys literally set the place on fire; turning it into hell.
  4. 4 Religion

    The symbolism of paradise,
    Man’s basic evil,
    Adam and Eve, with the loss of innocence mirrored in the growing evil in the boys.

823 GCSE William Golding essays

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  1. Marked by a teacher

    Fear of the Unknown- Lord of the Flies

    5 star(s)

    This is an excellent essay in many ways. It shows an intelligent and perceptive response to the question and the writer clearly understands and is able to analyse the more…

    • Essay length: 1708 words
    • Submitted: 19/05/2010
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Katie Dixon 02/03/2012
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    Read the passages in Chapter 3 where Jack and Simon are each in the Forest. How does the language convey their contrasting character and roles in the novel? Lord of the Flies is a thought-provoking novel about a

    5 star(s)

    This is an excellent GCSE essay. It is well written and logically structured. There are some very perceptive and mature comments and when these are supported adequately by references to…

    • Essay length: 2811 words
    • Submitted: 31/03/2006
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Katie Dixon 29/04/2012
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    Lord of the flies. How does Golding make Simon such a significant figure in the novel?

    4 star(s)

    This is a good essay but would have been much better if a little longer. There are some thoughtful and perceptive comments and the student focuses on Simon symbolising Jesus.…

    • Essay length: 846 words
    • Submitted: 12/03/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Katie Dixon 29/04/2012
    • Reviewed by: (?) 26/06/2012
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    Less Obvious Symbols in Lord of the Flies

    4 star(s)

    This is an articulate, perceptive essay which shows understanding and insight. Quotes are well used, but more are needed to make this more specific and detailed. Nearly top marks! ****…

    • Essay length: 1184 words
    • Submitted: 13/07/2008
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Karen Reader 28/04/2012
    • Reviewed by: (?) sydneyhopcroft 16/03/2012
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    How is fear presented in Lord of the Flies?

    4 star(s)

    This is a very interesting essay, which demonstrates a good understanding of the text, but sometimes moves too far away from it in its arguments. With more focus on quotes,…

    • Essay length: 984 words
    • Submitted: 15/05/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Karen Reader 28/04/2012
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    Why does Golding choose to set his story on an island? Why is the is land important?

    4 star(s)

    This essay shows a very strong understanding of the text and illustrates points clearly. It would have been very useful to look at the island itself in more detail -…

    • Essay length: 707 words
    • Submitted: 13/05/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Karen Reader 28/04/2012
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    A view to a death - Chapter 9. A view to a death is the chapter in which Simon is killed.

    4 star(s)

    A very pleasing essay, with well used quotes and some nice references to other parts of the novel. The writer could have developed some points further and this could have…

    • Essay length: 651 words
    • Submitted: 11/04/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Karen Reader 28/04/2012
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    Lord of the flies: How does Golding Present the Loss of Innocence?

    4 star(s)

    A very good answer to the question showing knowledge and understanding of the novel. Deals with some of the biblical symbolism and issues that Golding explores in the novel.
    Some…

    • Essay length: 935 words
    • Submitted: 06/09/2011
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Katie Dixon 02/03/2012
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    Lord of the Flies begins with friendship and ends with violence. How does Golding present this change and what do you think is shown by it?

    4 star(s)

    A very good essay which gives intelligent and mature reflections on The Lord of the Flies. Golding explores some complex religious and social ideas within the novel and this student…

    • Essay length: 833 words
    • Submitted: 23/05/2011
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Katie Dixon 02/03/2012
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    Violent Society in Lord of the Flies

    4 star(s)

    The writer has produced an engaging, well written account and shows a good knowledge of the novel by referring widely to different parts of it in detail. The quotes themselves…

    • Essay length: 1767 words
    • Submitted: 13/07/2008
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Karen Reader 28/05/2012

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare and Contrast the characters of Ralph and Jack in the first and last chapters in Lord of the Flies(TM)

    "In conclusion when comparing Jack and Ralph's characters in the first and last chapter in the novel, one can see that the main differences are that Jack is more conventional and conformist where Ralph is more easy going and a little rebellious who is always on the look out for adventure and danger. However, Ralph would like to be rescued by others where as Jack would like to make his own 'gang' and would thrive on his own leadership."

  • "'We've got to have rules and obey them. After all we're not savages.' Discuss Jack's statement in Chapter Two in the light of the events of Chapters One to Five of 'Lord of the Flies.'"

    "In conclusion, there has been a clear move from civilisation towards savagery. At the beginning of the novel, we see Jack as a civilised and young boy but in the duration of the events that have taken place; Jack is emerged as a hunter and is described like a savage from an African tribe. He shows a sense of order and authority over the choirboys, which was accepted by Ralph, but with this sense of confidence building within Jack, he has tried to not only overcome the choirboys, but also Ralph, Piggy and the rest of the boys. "Golding knew exactly what the boys are like." This was taken from a newspaper review in the 1950s and this tells us that Golding's views about how boys would survive on a island seems realistic as he used to watch how boys used to interact with each other in the playground. Lord of the Flies is more than an adventurous story: it gives us a lesson about what human nature is all about. It consists of messages and morals that we can learn from, such as how we behave in a primitive way, how we are cruel to each other and how we can easily be influenced and bullied."

  • Look Carefully At the Episode of Piggy’s Death In the Novel Lord of the Flies and Compare the Two Film Versions of It.

    "CONCLUSION I have discovered from this investigation that the original film and the novel are probably the best sources to go by as they follow each other almost perfectly. I have also discovered that the second film is a very rude adaptation of the original and should not be taken as a proper source."

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