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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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Golding graduated from Oxford University

He began by studying science, but graduated with a degree in literature.

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William Golding

He wrote poetry


Worked in amateur theatre for a while

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William Golding

Eventually he become a teacher at an all boys school…

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William Golding

When World War II began in 1939, Golding joined the British Royal Navy

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William Golding

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.

Golding’s winning the award speaks to his great accomplishments in literature and to what he always hoped to achieve with his writing:
“The purpose of writing is to understand humanity”

According to the dictionary, HUMANITY is defined as: “the quality and condition of being human” or “human nature”

This is a bold goal for an author to strive to accomplish…

As readers and critics of Lord of the Flies, we must decide for ourselves if Golding accomplishes this goal or if he fails.

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Influence One:TheCoral Island
  • The Coral Island was a popular adventure book that Golding had read to his sons.
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The Coral Island

It was a lighthearted adventure tale about boys stranded on a deserted, tropical island

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The Coral Island

Major characters were:

and Ralph


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The Coral Island

The story involved:

Buried Treasure

Hunting Pigs

And Pirates

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The Coral Island

Most of all… A Happy Ending

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The Coral Island

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?”

His experience in the war exposed him to savagery and cruelty in the world, which changed his outlook on life.
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Influence Three:

Nuclear Holocaust

The Cold War was a period of intense conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union, although no official war was ever declared
Nevertheless, many people at the time believed that a nuclear war would occur which might destroy the world
In fact,the boys ended up on the island in Lord of the Flies because they were being evacuated from England due to a nuclear war breaking out.
Golding’s experiences as a teacher allowed him to observe and understand boys around the age of the characters in Lord of the Flies and many of the characters were based on his students
His interaction with boys this age made him question whether humans were naturally inclined to obey rules or whether it was institutions such as:






Golding began to wonder if human’s natural state was:

rather than


which brings us to
Which brings us to…

Part Three:

Themes in Lord of the Flies

the first theme is
The first theme is:




Golding believes that CIVILIZED people stop to REASON

While SAVAGE people follow their INSTINCTS

Ultimately Golding decided that people were instinctively evil and a society of law and order was need to protect humans from each other.
Golding believed if it were ultimately up to Man, if they had complete freedom, people would naturally become cruel, savage and barbaric.
The boys on the island in Lord of the Flies have complete freedom and the novel becomes a study on what will happen when children are put in this situation…
the second theme is
The second theme is:

Loss of Innocence

Children are often thought to be INNOCENT, meaning that they have no evil in them until it is introduced to it from an outside influence…
The children in this book progress from being well-behaved and orderly…

…to cruel, blood-thirsty hunters

Golding suggests that with no set of rules to keep the children in-line they will eventually unleash the evil and savagery that has always existed in them.
What this implies is that civilization (rules and order of society) can control,

but never wipe out the inner evil that exists within all human beings.

There are many other themes and important concepts in Lord of the Flies but hopefully this introduction prepared you for some of the issues this novel deals with.