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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

  

by William Golding

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  • Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
  • Setting
  • Narrator Point of View
  • Genre
  • Tone
  • Writing Style
  • What’s Up With the Title?
  • What’s Up With the Ending?
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Lord of the Flies Analysis

Literary Devices in Lord of the Flies

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Before we get down to the details, we should address the fact that Lord of the Flies is one big allegory. Symbols aside, the boys as a whole can represent humanity as a whole. You can see where the…

Setting

Lord of the Flies takes place on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean, at an unknown—but probably 1950ish—year during a fictional atomic war. And what an island it is. We don’t find out m…

Narrator Point of View

The narrator in Lord of the Flies moves back and forth omnisciently between different scenes and thoughts. Take Chapter Eight, for example, where in the space of a few pages we get Jack hunting, “h…

Genre

This isn’t Gilligan’s Island. It’s not even Lost. Jack’s wildly superstitious and violent group of boys, who are willing to kill one of their own with their hands and teeth, is as far from ideal, o…

Tone

If you like your medicine with a spoonful of sugar, you’d better find another book. (Unless this is required reading, in which case—we’re sorry.) Golding takes a look at the worst, darkest side o…

Writing Style

Much like the forbidding patch of jungle in which the book takes place (for more on that, see “Setting”) the Lord of the Flies is ominous—but irresistible. Let’s check out the paragraph where we…

What’s Up With the Title?

Let’s get the easy part out of the way first: “the Lord of the Flies” is what Simon ends up calling the severed pig’s head—presumably because it’s covered in flies. So, calling the book Lord of t…

What’s Up With the Ending?

The end happens fast: Ralph is pretty convinced he’s about to die, when all of a sudden he rolls (literally) into a British naval officer who promises to rescue them. When we meet the officer, we g…

Tough-o-Meter

Lord of the Flies is a standard on the middle school required reading list, but that doesn’t mean it’s kid stuff. Check out this passage:A thin wail out of the darkness chilled them and set them gr…

Plot Analysis

Home AloneWe start out post plane crash, on an island full of boys ranging from ages 6 to 12, and not an adult in sight.This is going to end well. Well, they start with a good faith effort: Ralph…

Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Crash and BurnWhen their plane crashes, the boys who were on board find themselves on a strange island where they have never been before. Needless to say, this is a new situation for them. They’r…

Three Act Plot Analysis

Community OrganizerThe boys arrive on the island, realize that no adults are present, and start organizing. Ralph is elected chief, but Jack takes over the group of hunters. The seeds of conflict…

Trivia

Something around twenty publishers rejected Lord of the Flies.William Golding was knighted in 1988. Make that Sir William Golding. Rock Band Iron Maiden wrote a song called “Lord of the Flies.” And…

Steaminess Rating

Lord of the Flies is about a bunch of pre-adolescent boys, so, nope: no sex here, although there is extensive nudity and a few poop jokes. We would, however, like to draw your attention to a highly…

Allusions

The names “Ralph,” “Jack,” and “Simon”: R.M. Ballantyne: The Coral Island. The Coral Island was a classic 1857 “Europe can better the world through conquering it and forcing Christianity upon every…

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Lord of the Flies ALL-FEMALE version slammed: Are critics SEXIST Piggys or totally right?

LORD OF THE FLIES is the latest classic to get an all-female adaptation but critics have slammed it – and not all of them are men.

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Are those criticising a new female interpretation of Lord of the Flies being sexiest pigs (or Piggys)?

Hollywood reports reveal that directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel are boldly tackling William Golding’s classic 1954 novel for Warner Bros. They say it will give modern audiences a chance to cast a fresh eye on the seminal source material and “help people see the story anew”.

Critics and an extraordinary explosion of Social Media responses do not agree. At all. Golding, himself, had very strong views on the subject.

Yet, Wonder Woman recently showed that female characters can be physically strong and even dominant, brave, aggressive and war-like. 

So, who is right? 

Lord of the Flies all-female remake starts controversyFS

Lord of the Flies all-female remake starts controversy

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Lord of the Flies: Piggy's deathFS

Lord of the Flies Piggy’s death

The famous story is about a group of British schoolboys stranded on an island after a plane crash. The veneer of civilisation is peeled back to reveal the basest behaviour lurking within.

Poor Piggy, of course, has the most tragic end, but the tale is an unflinching examination of young masculinity. And therein lies the problem.

Siegel tried to explain how the new version would work and said: “It is a timeless story that is especially relevant today, with the interpersonal conflicts and bullying, and the idea of children forming a society and replicating the behavior they saw in grown-ups before they were marooned.”

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McGehee added: “The opportunity to tell it in a way it hasn’t been told before, with girls rather than boys, is that it shifts things in a way that might help people see the story anew. It breaks away from some of the conventions, the ways we think of boys and aggression.”

Twitter was soon swamped with furious responses.

One female writer said: “GOOD: A female-centric Lord of the Flies! BAD: A female-centric Lord of the Flies written by… two men.”

Another was totally unimpressed and said: “The Lord of the Flies movie feels like a studio had a big jar of ‘Make with Chicks?’ ideas and just picked the one that made the least sense.”

One commentator said: “Um, lord of the flies is about the replication of systemic masculine toxicity. Every 9th grader knows this.”

Another added: “Lord of the flies, but girls instead of boys: potentially interesting, even if it does seem to be missing part of the point.”

The point was hammered home in the post: “Lord of The Flies remake coming out, but it’s an all-girl cast? The book about the dangers of toxic masculinity? How will that work at all?”

Interestingly, many of the comments come from women, making valid and frequently amusing points. 

Lord of the Flies tweetsTWITTER

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Golding, himself, spoke before his death in 1993, and clearly explained why the story could only work with a male cast.

He said: “Girls say to me, very reasonably… ‘why did you write this about a bunch of boys?”.

“Little boys… are more like scaled-down society than a group of little girls would be… this is nothing to do with equality at all. I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been. But one thing you cannot do with them is take a bunch of them and boil them down, so to speak, into a set of little girls who would then become a kind of image of civilisation, of society.”

That certainly seems clear enough.

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