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LORD OF THE FLIES. Criticism and Allegory. Overview of Lord of the Flies Henningfeld.

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  1. LORD OF THE FLIES Criticism and Allegory

  2. Overview of Lord of the FliesHenningfeld • “While it is possible to read Lord of the Flies as allegory, the work is so complex that it can be read as allegorizing the political state of the world in the postwar period; as a Freudian psychological understanding of human kind; or as the Christian understanding of the fall of humankind, among others.”

  3. Lord of the Flies: Beezlebub RevisitedOldsey &Weintraub • “…regression to the point of reduced existence…” • Ralph • “hero”, Deserves the “readers respect” • Jack • “not chaos…but rather a stronger, more primitive order than Ralph provides…” • “altered much in the manner of the transformation of the twentieth-century dictator…”

  4. Lord of the Flies: Beezlebub RevisitedOldsey &Weintraub • Simon • “…his murder becomes the martyrdom of a saint and prophet…” • …comes closest to foreshadowing the kind of hero Golding himself has seen as representing man’s greatest need if he is to advance in his humanity– the St. Augustines, Shakespeares, amd Mozarts, “inexplicable, miraculous.” • Piggy • “…the logic of his mind is insufficient to cope with the human problems of their coral island situation…”

  5. Men of a Smaller Growth: A Psychological Analysis…Rosenfield • “When the officer at the rescue jokingly says, “What have you been doing? Having a war or something?” this representative of the grown-up world does not understand the games of children, which result in two deaths, are a moral commentary upon the primitive nature of his own culture. The ultimate irrationality is war. Paradoxically, the children not only return to a primitive and infantile morality, but they also degenerate into adults.”

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