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Lord of the Flies Teaching Unit
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- The Romantics believed that man was inherently good but had become corrupted by civilization. The boys in this novel were raised on books like Robinson Crusoe, The Blue Lagoon, and Swiss Family Robinson, in which shipwrecked people made decent lives on their island. How does this book disprove that idea?
- In Western literature, the jungle is frequently a symbol. What does the jungle represent in this novel?
- Gradually, the boys become less and less civilized and more and more savage. Trace the progression that Golding sets out for us.
- Does this novel, in your opinion, end on an optimistic or pessimistic note?
- Throughout the novel, the nature of the beast changes for the boys. Trace the boys’ perception of the beast from Chapter One through Chapter Twelve.
- Jack and Ralph are said to represent the clash between authoritarianism and democracy. Show how, and to what extent, each personality does, in fact, represent that.
- Ralph experiences a loss of innocence. Show how he is at the beginning, what crises he undergoes which change him, and how he is at the end.
- Compare Ralph’s “coming of age” in this novel to Gene’s “coming of age” in A Separate Peace.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: Comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students Questions suitable for essay topics or discussion Vocabulary lists Muliple-choice and essay test with answer key Introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.