“LORD OF THE FLIES” ESSAY TOPICS Golding creates characters that are symbolic of larger groups in society. Choose 3 specific characters from LOTF and discuss what group in society each character is symbolically representing. How does this symbolism help enhance the novel’s message? Is Jack a good/responsible leader? Discuss 3 instances where Jack's character "flexes his muscle". How does Jack use the idea of the “beast” to control the other boys? Discuss his ethics and morals as a powerful authority figure. Be sure to support your opinion with examples from the text. Is the novel pessimistic or optimistic in its outlook on humanity? Does Golding suggest we are savage at heart or is their hope for civil society? Choose and explain 3 specific examples from the text to support your opinion.
Sample Topic, Thesis, and Supporting Points The “beast”, the chonch shell and Piggy’s glasses are powerful symbols in “Lord of the Flies.” How do they contribute to the novel’s theme of civility versus savagery? Thesis: The symbolic power of the “beast,” the conch and Piggy’s glasses enhance the tension between chaos, civilized order, and logical reasoning throughout “Lord of the Flies.” Point #1: irrational fear of the beast influences the boys to behave in increasingly savage ways, and threatens the peace of their mini-society
Point #2: The conch is the tool with which democracy is maintained throughout the text; however it is extremely fragile, which represents the boys’ difficulty in holding on to civility. Point #3: Piggy’s glasses function as a symbol of science and rational thought. However, the boys often ignore Piggy’s advice and make illogical choices. Body: Expand on these supportive ideas, provide specific examples from the text, and analyze those examples to prove how they connect to the thesis