Lord of the Flies 1954. Introduction and Background. Title Translation. “Beelzebub” a Hebrew word for SATAN However, the literal translation of “Beelzebub” into English is LORD OF THE FLIES. L.O.T.F Author. William Golding Born in Britain 1911-1993. Korean War.
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Introduction and Background
“Beelzebub” a Hebrew word for
However, the literal translation of “Beelzebub”
into English is LORD OF THE FLIES
Born in Britain
As a child, Golding had witnessed WWI, which was referred to as “the war to end all wars”
22 years later Britain was again involved in
to end all wars, which caused more devastation than was imaginable
Having faced two wars, how do you think William Golding feels about war? Is he anti-war or for? Why?
Through LOTF, Golding is making the statement that we cannot escape our savage, violent tendencies…
How would it be if one day you came to school and there were no Principals, Teachers, Custodians, Lunch Crew, etc.?
Negative & Positive Points
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
Committed to civilization and morality
Translation = GOOD
Represents scientific, rational side of civilization, and social order
Cruel and manipulative
Represents our savage instincts played out
Seems to be connected with nature, and he has an innate, spiritual goodness
Targets the “littluns”
The only one to premeditate murder
Kills without conscience
Described as barely having enough skin to cover both and they finish each other’s sentences
The last to remain loyal to Ralph
Represent the tug-of-war
within us to remain good
Represent the common folk, who easily follow the lead of others into savagery when there is no enforced structure in society