Questions tagged [lord-of-the-flies]

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Did the Lord of the Flies have any kind of religious reference more specific than just the Devil?

Lord of the Flies contains an absurd amount of biblical references, one of which being the titular character. The creature is obviously supposed to be some kind of demon or devil, but is this a ...
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What would be the diet on the Lord of the Flies's island?

If there were an uninhabited tropical island (assumed to be in the Pacific) with the conditions and history necessary for pigs, and pink granite, what would the boys likely have eaten? It's mentioned ...
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Why is there an odd use of question marks in Lord of the Flies?

During Simon's encounter with the Lord of the Flies, the Lord of the Flies says: “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what ...
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Is there really a nuclear war in the world of "The Lord of the Flies"?

In The Lord of the Flies, it is pretty clear that there is some sort of war going on outside of the island (the dogfight that leads to the dead pilot, the naval ship that rescues the boys at the end, ...
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Did Verne's "Two Years' Vacation" influence Golding's "Lord of the Flies"?

Jules Verne's 1888 novel Two Years' Vacation (Deux ans de vacances) is about a group of schoolboys who find themselves having to survive on a deserted island. The theme seems similar to the more ...
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What does it mean when Ralph is thinking about Piggy's death in Lord of the Flies by Golding

I have a question about this quote: "He yearned for a bed and sheets- but the only whiteness here was the slow spilt milk, luminous round the rock forty feet below, where Piggy had fallen. Piggy ...
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Who did Simon represent during his conversation with the beast?

The Beast's conversation with Simon is one of my favorite conversations in literature. The fact that the beast represents the devil (Beelzebub specifically), leads me to think that Simon is playing ...
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Has Piggy done anything evil or immoral in Lord of the Flies? [duplicate]

My class is having a discussion finding out whether Piggy has done anything wrong or immoral during the time that he was on the island, perhaps him being involved in Simon's death. Is there any piece ...
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Is Simon epileptic?

From the moment Simon is introduced in Lord of the Flies, we learn that he faints a lot. He has his own place which he retreats to when he feels he is about to faint or maybe have a fit, and when he ...
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Did Piggy participate in the killing of Simon?

This spawns off an argument that my friend and I had. I had always assumed that he had, however my friend disagreed. The main point I cited, Piggy's attempt to console Ralph while also trying to ...
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Why does Piggy's accent not matter?

In Lord of the Flies, ...Piggy was an outsider, not by accent, which did not matter, but by fat, and ass-mar, and specs, and a certain disinclination for manual labor. My understanding has always ...
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What is the symbolism of the conch in Lord of the Flies?

In the Lord of the Flies, the conch is shattered when Piggy dies. Before that, it was held by Ralph, the de facto leader of the boys. What does the conch symbolize?
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Did Jack's tribe view themselves as savages?

In Golding's Lord of the Flies, Jack's tribe is clearly meant to be portrayed as savages. However, it was never clear (to me at least) whether they considered themselves savages. Did Jack's tribe ...
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Is Jack (in Lord of the Flies) actually 'bad'?

For me, the real 'evil' in The Lord of the Flies was Roger. From the beginning the story shows how he has 'revelations' about how there is no one to stop him bullying and hurting. Jack, for me, ...
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What was the irony of the end of Lord of The Flies?

People keep telling me there is irony at the end of Lord of The Flies, specifically during the conversation with the captain of the ship. What was ironic about that scene?
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Is The Lord of the Flies set on a real island?

It is a well-known fact that the author of Lord of the Flies William Golding was an officer in the Royal Navy, and that some of the sights he saw inspired him to write Lord of the Flies. The boys are ...
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Can we assume the 'Savages' go unpunished?

In the end of The Lord of the Flies, the boys' rescuer, the Naval Officer, does not comprehend what is really happening, terming it "all fun and games". Can we assume that the savages, especially ...
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Was Simon's hideout later used by Ralph?

In the end of the third chapter of Lord of the Flies, Simon goes to his hideout. It is described as having a great mat of creepers and being screened off by a few leaves. Later, when he is being ...
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Was there a specific being the "Lord of the Flies" was based on?

The Lord of The Flies character might very well be one of the most famous religious figure in literature. Is there any being specifically that the creature was based on?