"Lord Of The Flies" Essential Question: How Did Golding's Biography Re Shape Or Affect Your Interpretation Of The Novel?

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William Golding's novel, "Lord of the Flies" is an interesting story addressing the issues of political systems, human nature, natural human conflict, and self-survival instincts of humans. As I read this book for the first time, I was surprised by the lack of labels and connections between the characters, and the speech. The quotations also contained incorrect grammar, and incomplete sentences such as when Piggy was stating that "'--a conch; ever so expensive....--he had it on his garden wall, and my auntie--'" (16). This made it difficult to identify the speaker and understand the dialogue, but it gave a surprisingly realistic tone to the conversations of the children in the story. After reading the biography, I realized that Golding was a teacher in a school of young boys. This helped me understand how he could create the realistic characters in the novel.As the story continues to develop and the older children develop the political system, the idea of necessary leadership is proven. Golding shows how a form of government will naturally be put into place in a group of society, in order to make progress. The group decides to use a republic system to vote for a leader who would keep order and make decisions. Ralph suggests that idea by telling the group "'seems to me we ought to have a chief to decide things'" (22). As I continued reading the story, I believed that Golding's emphasis was on the flaws and necessities of an organized government. After reading the biography, I realized that the story was actually aimed at proving that the flaw lies within the people in...

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