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Critical Lens Literature Review. Period Two. Lord of the Flies , William Golding. Characters: Roger, Jack (antagonist), Ralph (protagonist), Piggy and Simon (die) Imagery: death of Piggy/Simon, lord of the flies, hunting

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Critical lens literature review

Critical Lens Literature Review

Period Two


Lord of the flies william golding

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

  • Characters: Roger, Jack (antagonist), Ralph (protagonist), Piggy and Simon (die)

  • Imagery: death of Piggy/Simon, lord of the flies, hunting

  • Setting: WWII (evacuated from England), plane crashes on a deserted island

  • Conflict (external): boys vs. beast, Ralph vs. Jack, boys vs. each other, savagery vs. civilization, Piggy vs. boys who pick on him

  • Symbolism

    • Pig’s head—savagery

    • The Beast—evils in society--fear

    • Fire—civilization/hope

    • Piggy’s death—death of knowledge

    • Conch--democracy

    • Glasses—knowledge


The most dangerous game by richard connell

“The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell

  • Plot: Hunting other humans (smartest, can fight back)

  • Imagery: Depiction of the setting (the island, jungle/trap), hiding in the tree, the sounds, the dogs

  • Characterization: General Zaroff hunts humans—he’s crazy, trophy room, fancy vocabulary, Ivan (the guard), Rainsford (protagonist)

  • Conflict (external): Zaroff vs. the huntees, Zaroff vs. Rainsford

  • Conflict (internal): Rainsford versus his idea of hunting (trying to stay calm and sane)


To kill a mockingbird by harper lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

  • Plot: Tom Robinson is accused of rape by a white woman (MayellenEwell), defended by Atticus Finch

  • Boo Radley (neighbor who never comes out of his house, but saves the kids from Bob Ewell), Scout (narrator), Jem (brother), Dill (friend)

  • Setting: Great Depression, Alabama

  • Conflict (external): Atticus vs. the town, Tom vs. the town (racism)

  • Conflict (internal conflict): Atticus vs. decision


Of mice and men by john steinbeck

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

  • Lenny (big and slow) and George (hard-working, Lenny’s best friend, ranchhand, intelligent)

  • Curly (egotistical, angry, a jerk) and Curly’s wife (flirtatious, loves the attention)

  • Foreshadowing: Lenny accidentally kills the puppy, Lenny touches the girl’s dress

  • Setting: California, the Great Depression

  • Lenny and George run away from Curly, George kills Lenny in order to protect him (he dies happy, thinking about their dream of the ranch)


Night by elie wiesel

Night, by Elie Wiesel

  • Memoir about the Holocaust

  • Symbolism:

    • Night/darkness: a world full of horror, a world without a benevolent God

    • Fire: the power of the Nazis

  • Imagery: desperation/survival—ugly truth about humanity

  • Theme:

    • Don’t give up hope, even in the face of unspeakable horrors.

    • Family means everything; even in the face of death, family can help you survive.


Animal farm george orwell

Animal Farm, George Orwell

  • Allegory: seems to be about life on a farm, but is really about politics

  • The animals represent significant political figures (Stalin [corrupt, exploitive leadership], Lenin/Marx [source of the ideals that Stalin corrupted], Trotsky [the idealist], Molotov [propaganda])

  • Theme:

    • The working class must be aware of what their leaders tell them.

    • Power can corrupt anyone.

    • Society tends to divide itself into social classes.


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