William Golding's Lord of the Flies Study Guide

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All you need to know about William Golding's Lord of the Flies is in this advanced guide to the text. Connell Guides are advanced guide books that offer sophisticated analysis and broad critical perspectives for higher-level GCSE and A Level English Literature students. Written by leading academics, Connell Guides are clear, concise and beautifully designed to help students understand, and enjoy, great works of literature. They are perfect for coursework, revision and exam preparation. Connell Guides are also great reads themselves scholarly, yet approachable and entertaining.

“This beautiful and desperate book, something quite out of the ordinary,” said the poet Stevie Smith of Lord of the Flies when it first appeared in 1954. William Golding’s extraordinary first novel quickly became a worldwide publishing phenomenon, and by the early 1960s had begun to replace Catcher in the Rye as the bible of the American adolescent. The celebrated critic John Carey is the world’s foremost authority on Golding’s work and, as his official biographer, has had unique access to his family archives. In this short, lucid guide, he explains what makes Lord of the Flies so compelling and why it has had such a lasting impact.

ISBN-paperback: 978-1-907776-62-5

Introduction

A summary of the plot


What is Lord of the Flies about?


How does Golding show that small children are by nature cruel?


Are there signs in the novel that Golding did not really believe in original sin?


Why are Ralph and Jack enemies?


Is Lord of the Flies a religious novel?


What remains in the published version of the religious novel Golding originally wrote?


How religious is the published version of the novel?


Why is the novel called Lord of the Flies?


Is Lord of the Flies realistic about human behaviour?


Is Lord of the Flies about social class?


Did Golding have a real-life model in mind for Piggy?


Is Lord of the Flies a political novel?

What is the point of Roger?


Why is there no sex in Lord of the Flies?


What is special about Golding ’s style in Lord of the Flies?


What does the arrival of the naval officer add to the novel’s meaning?


NOTES

How would American schoolboys have behaved?

Ten facts about Lord of the Flies

A short chronology

Piggy’s specs

Realism and

Lord of the Flies

William Golding on Lord of the Flies

Nuclear holocaust fiction

The critics on Lord of the Flies

Further reading

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