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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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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