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“I read this book as a member of the It’s the End of the World As We
Know It Book Club. We’re combining with the Required Reading Revisited
Book Club this month to discuss Lord of the Flies. So, I approached it
attempting to tease out the themes of the cataclysmic crash that
stranded the characters there, their attempts at survival, the
individuals and their personal vs. political persona’s, and how those
characters represent the different parts and view points of the society
they’re trying to rebuild. There’s also this great symbolic or
supernatural aspect of it with the ‘Lord of the Flies’ in the book.
There’s a lot to this small book. The thesis of the ITEOTWASKI Book Club
is to compare books to Stephen King’s The Stand and see how it holds up. This book holds up really well.”
Lord of the Flies is a novel that has captivated schoolchildren ever since it was first published in 1954. A teacher himself, Golding clearly understood what excites and interests children. It is not only a gripping story, with strong, sympathetic characters, but it also raises timeless and profound questions. Part of its lasting appeal, particularly in schools, surely arises from the way it tackles universal issues.The novel is a catalyst for thought-provoking discussion and analysis, not only concerning the capabilities of humans for good and evil and the fragility of moral inhibition, but beyond. The boys' struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites readers to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political constructs and moral frameworks. Ideas of community, leadership, and the rule of law are called into question as the reader has to consider who has a right to power, why, and what the consequences of the acquisition of power may be. All of these concerns are current today and can be easily related to the novel through effective teaching and learning. This new educational edition encourages original and independent thought from students, as well as guiding them through the text. The introductory material includes a biographical section on William Golding as well as providing information about the novel's historical context, which will be ideal for students completing GCSE and A-Level courses. At the end of the text there are chapter summaries, comprehension questions, discussion points and activities plus a glossary of less familiar words or phrases. This new edition includes William Golding's essay on Lord of the Flies, 'Fable'. All of these are intended to inspire and generate creative teaching, learning and love of the novel.