How can an alternative or additional interpretation of a section of "Lord of the Flies" be written i.e. an intervention (creative writing task)?What I mean by this is, what is a gap/silence or...

How can an alternative or additional interpretation of a section of "Lord of the Flies" be written i.e. an intervention (creative writing task)?

What I mean by this is, what is a gap/silence or possible alternate view of the themes, thesis and invited reading (of the characters) of Golding's work that I can write for an intervention?

I was thinking...a possible gap/silence in the story where I could write an intervention would be the disappearance of the littlum with the birth mark on his face and somehow make his disappearance a murder on Roger's behalf (to reinforce his invited reading - support Golding's claims about the innate "evil" within human beings).

Thanks in advance :)

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First, this sounds like a most interesting and challenging assignment. (Congratulate your teacher for his/her creativity.) Secondly, I think your suggestion about Roger murdering the marked littlun is an excellent idea and may be a better choice than anything I can suggest. Just thinking off the top of my head:

  • What if an adult had survived (the pilot, for example); he would be the chief. Would the boys have followed him or revolted in much the same way they did?
  • What if Ralph had been a bit friendlier and more receptive to Piggy's personality and ideas? What would have been his fate?
  • How about a continuation of the ending? What kind of prologue would you write?
jiggle-boi | Student

Wow they're quite good suggestion you have there. I will consider those three dot points and it will help greatly with my brainstorming.

Off the top of my head, in reply to the first dot point. Things would definitely not have happened if an adult were on the island. Without a doubt (in my mind). The story would be completely different and frankly (in my opinion) quite boring. As for the other two dot points, I will continue to think about them and will get back to you soon :D

But yeah, thanks bullgatortail for your input, it is much appreciated.

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