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GCSE: William Golding
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Golding's ideas and expression
- 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 The novel explores the thin veneer of civilisation and considers the idea that a scratch to the surface will resort everyone to savagery.
- 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 As the novel progresses the boys’ language deteriorates to mirror the events. For example
The themes of 'Lord Of The Flies'
The violent ‘games’ the boys play reflects what is happening in the adult world.
The killing of pig,
The boys revert to ‘wild’ savages,
Ralph becomes a hunted animal,
Simon is torn apart.
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.
The symbolism of paradise,
Man’s basic evil,
Adam and Eve, with the loss of innocence mirrored in the growing evil in the boys.
- Marked by Teachers essays 21
- Peer Reviewed essays 24
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 a5 star(s)
Because of this, he is able to quickly make the transition to savagery. Jack is a natural, self-assured leader who is always ready to fight. He is a symbol of evil and brutality and his natural desire to kill is brought out by his hunting of pigs. Simon, on the other hand, is a curious figure who sees beyond the surface of things. We learn straight away, that there is something special about Simon. It was because of this uniqueness that he was chosen by Ralph to be among the three explorers of the island.
- Word count: 2811
Explore the various factors which contribute to the downfall of the boys society on the island in 'Lord of the Flies', and assess which you think is the most significant.3 star(s)
He sees the situation clearly ironically despite his glasses, whereas the other others do not see this. Jack is rash, daring and has desire for leadership. He wants to be followed, almost worshipped by the other boys. This leads him to ignore the creation of civilised society and instead break away, kill, hunt and lead to the death of two children. This number may be higher, but the boy with the birthmark is forgotten, and never mentioned again. At this point in the book, with the hunters taking control, it is difficult to remember all the boys are under twelve years old.
- Word count: 2392
Another of Ralph's first decisions as chief was to explore their surroundings to find out if they were on an island. On this exploration the relationship doesn't change that much from when they first met because of the little time between the two activities. I think that Ralph has gained more respect for Jack and showed this by asking to accompany him on the exploration. Golding indicates that at this point in the story the three on the exploration, (Ralph, Jack and Simon)
- Word count: 2206