LOTF

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LOTF Background and Characterization

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Lord of the Flies1954 : 

Lord of the Flies1954 Introduction and Background

Title Translation : 

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

L.O.T.F Author : 

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

In the decade before LOTF was published, Britain had been involved in two wars: : 

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

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 to end all wars, which caused more devastation than was imaginable

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Through LOTF, Golding is making the statement that we cannot escape our savage, violent tendencies…

…and without social order,we devolve into a state of chaos : 

…and without social order,we devolve into a state of chaos

LOTF Symbols (Objects, characters, figures, or colors that represent ideas or concepts) : 

LOTF Symbols (Objects, characters, figures, or colors that represent ideas or concepts) Piggy’s Glasses = The last surviving evidence of the lawful, structured world Conch Shell = New democracy on the island Snake = Evil…reference to the serpent in the garden of Eden

Important Images : 

Important Images The Beast = The imaginary evil that is projected onto the island by the boys’ paranoia Lord of the Flies = A pig’s head on a stick that becomes the physical acceptance of evil on the island

TERMS to REMEMBER : 

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

Character Analysis : 

Character Analysis Ralph ~ Main character described as “fair haired,” having “broad shoulders…[like a] boxer’s,” and has a face that “proclaims no devil” Committed to civilization and morality Translation = GOOD

Character Analysis : 

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

Character Analysis : 

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

Character Analysis : 

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 Seems to be connected with nature, and he has an innate, spiritual goodness Translation: Good

Character Analysis : 

Character Analysis Roger ~ “Silent” and sadistic Targets the “littluns” The only one to premeditate murder Kills without conscience Pure evil

Character Analysis : 

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

Character Analysis : 

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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