Literary Analysis Lord of the Files

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Lord of the Flies 

 

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Literary Analysis for

Lord of the Flies

1.
Understanding Characterization.
Characterization is the act of creating and developing a character. A writer can use direct characterization when stating or describing a character’s traits. Indirect characterization is when an author shows a character’s personality through his or her actions, thoughts, feelings, and words, or through another character’s observations and reactions. Indirect characterization relies on the reader to put together the clues in order to figure out the character’s personality. It is important to remember that characterization relies upon the character’s traits and not upon his or her physical appearance.

Complete the chart below with each character’s physical description, the traits he demonstrates at

the beginning of the novel, and changes (if any) the character exhibits as he moves through the story.

Physical Description Early Traits Changes

Ralph

Jack

Piggy

Simon

Roger

Sam and Eric

2.
Understanding Theme.
A theme is a central idea, concern, or purpose in a literary work. Often the author offers an insight that he or she wishes to pass along to the reader. Each of the following may be considered as a theme for Lord of the Flies. Discuss the author’s central ideas for each, and offer evidence from the text to support your answer. To complete this activity you will need go to the last page of this document and compose your answers. Be sure to clearly label your responses.

a. The need for civilization

b. Loss of innocence

c. Blindness and sight

d. Fear of the unknown

e. Power

3.
Understanding Allegory
. An allegory is a story with more than one level of meaning—a literal level and one or more symbolic levels. Allegory allows a writer to tell a story about literal characters and to make a moral, religious, or political point. In a novel such as Lord of the Flies, the author makes direct comments on life and society through the use of allegory. Besides having a literal surface meaning, the events, settings, or characters also stand for ideas or qualities and have a second meaning on that level. For example, in “The Masque of the Red Death”, Poe allegorically shows the inevitable arrival of death no matter how people try to avoid it. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding reserves his allegory for certain aspects of society. For each of the characters below, identify Golding’s allegorical identification with society. The first one is done for you.

Character Identification with Society in General

Ralph Ralph represents the struggle for order and democracy in a society. This is

evident by his attempting to set up some semblance order by using the

conch shell.

Jack

Piggy

Simon

Roger

Sam and Eric

4.
Understanding Symbolism
. Symbolism is the narrative technique used to give significance or deeper meaning to certain people or objects, which represent some other figure. For example, a rose can be a symbol of love. Depending upon the color of the rose, it may mean a particular kind of love (ie. red roses symbolize passion, pink roses are for friendship, or yellow roses represent jealousy). What do each of the following items from Lord of the Flies represent on a symbolic level?

Symbol Meaning

The conch shell

Piggy’s specs

The island

The “Scar”

The Beast

Lord of the Flies

The signal fire


Theme Responses

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