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Posted May 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM via web

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Choose a single word that permeates the novel Lord of the Flies, and briefly, but completely, and in present tense, explain.  

if you answered, can you give me the word that permeates each novel, then give me examples to support the word.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM (Answer #1)

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Lord of the Flies-- The word that best represents Lord of the Flies is 'decay.'  In this novel, the boys' attachment to morality and civilization slowly slips away in disuse and decay, much like the sow's head on a stick becomes the Lord of the Flies.  From Simon and Piggy to the shattering of the conch shell, eventually all of the promising and bright aspects of the island end in ruin and destruction. 

Even the parachutist, who could have aided in the boys' rescue, is a dead man who lands on the island and comes to represent the 'beast,' the symbol of the littluns' fear on the island.  When Simon later finds him, all that remains is "a poor body that should be rotting away" (146).  Imagery of death and decay reinforce Golding's theme that man is inherently evil and will revert to savagery without the constructs of cvilization to guide him.

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