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Interview with William Golding - BBC Studio.

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Leanne Le Poidevin March 10th 2004 Interview with William Golding BBC Studio. Present: Leanne Le Poidevin and William Golding Leanne Le Poidevin is interviewing William Golding about his book, Lord Of The Flies. Leanne: Good afternoon Mr. Golding. Mr Golding: Good afternoon to you. Leanne: As we all know, Lord of the flies is about lots of boys trapped on an island. What was the reason of putting just boys on the island? Why were there no girls? Mr Golding: At the time of the book, it was the war. Fighting and arguing was going on around us, and it seemed as though nobody was really sane anymore. It started off as being happy and positive, and ended up being complete madness. Women were at home, doing the housework, cooking food, you know? They didn't really have a choice in anything. To be fair, they didn't really have much of a part in everyday life. This is the image that I tried to portray on the island. I felt that if I'd have put girls on the island, the book would not have been so action-packed. ...read more.


Mr Golding: At the age that the boys are, they are boisterous, very loud and they are basically trying to impress each other. Jack is known as the leader of the hunters, but it is obvious that he really doesn't have a clue about hunting. I purposely made him a choirboy because they are known to be girl-like quiet pretty boys. When Jack tells the boys he will be the leader of the hunters, there is a sense of shock. I wanted it to be a surprise for the reader that such an innocent boy could be so sinister. He is so eager to gain some kind of authority over the group that he is willing to destroy his innocence and murder a creature. Leanne: You mentioned innocence there. What do you mean by that? Mr Golding: Well, a fifteen-year-old boy has a lot of innocence about him. By killing something, the young child is almost breaking the rules of what it has been brought up to believe in. ...read more.


Piggy knows that Ralph knows exactly wants the group to do. I made Ralph the leader because I knew that Ralph would hold that sense of security round everyone, especially Piggy, who is a bit of an outcast. Piggy feels that nobody else listens to him, and he feels that Ralph is his only friend. Leanne: Ah. Poor Piggy! Why did you put the Beastie idea into their heads? Mr Golding: Well I figured that by having young boys on an island, there would be an element of fear. The most important part of the chapter is when young Simon stands up and tells the group that the Beastie is them. They are scared of themselves because of what they have slowly turned into. The boys would obviously have been scared in the night, but I specifically wanted the reader to know that the older boys were turning into terrifying monsters that the little boys couldn't handle anymore. They were bloodthirsty scavengers, who just wanted to kill. This was making the young boys insecure. Leanne: Well, Thankyou very much Mr. Golding. That was both very interesting and informative. That's the end of our questions, so Thankyou very much. They exit. ...read more.

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