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Guiding Questions: Lord of the Flies
- Which literary elements are used to reinforce main themes? How do they do so?
- Is society evil and man innocent or vice-versa? How do the two interact?
- Do all humans experience a loss of innocence? If so what is the cause?
- Is an allusion of fear the most the most persuasive propaganda available?
- How does the ranging diversity of characters contribute to universal themes?
- How do humans instinctually treat those they consider inferior?
- To what extent do our natural instincts influence our decisions?
- Which seemingly normal objects are used as symbols and what do they symbolize?
“His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.”
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The following can be used as a handout before students begin reading Lord of the Flies. The questions highlight the major themes of the novel.