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Lord of the Flies Guiding Questions

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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.

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