Background to Lord of the Flies. Part One: The Author. Lord of the Flies was written by William Golding. Golding graduated from Oxford University. He began by studying science, but graduated with a degree in literature. William Golding. He wrote poetry. &.
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He began by studying science, but graduated with a degree in literature.
He wrote poetry
Worked in amateur theatre for a while
Eventually he become a teacher at an all boys school…
When World War II began in 1939, Golding joined the British Royal Navy
After the war, Golding began his first novel Lord of the Flies, which was published in 1954
Lord of the Flies was a great success and allowed Golding to retire from teaching.
Golding surprised many when he received the highest honor in literature in 1983 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize.
According to the dictionary, HUMANITY is defined as: “the quality and condition of being human” or “human nature”
As readers and critics of Lord of the Flies, we must decide for ourselves if Golding accomplishes this goal or if he fails.
It was a lighthearted adventure tale about boys stranded on a deserted, tropical island
Major characters were:
The story involved:
Most of all… A Happy Ending
This book inspired Golding with the plot involving boys stranded on a deserted island, but he wondered…
“What would really happen if boys were stranded on an island with no adults?”
Golding began to wonder if human’s natural state was:
Themes in Lord of the Flies
While SAVAGE people follow their INSTINCTS
Loss of Innocence
…to cruel, blood-thirsty hunters
but never wipe out the inner evil that exists within all human beings.