Sample Essay Outlines

The following paper topics are designed to test your understanding of the novel as a whole and your ability to analyze important themes and literary devices. Following each question is a sample outline to help get you started.

  • Topic #1

    The characters’ loss of identity is a predominant theme of the book. Discuss each of the main characters’ loss of identity as the book progresses, and how this brings about the devastation that occurs in the book.

    I. Thesis statement: The main characters in Lord of the Flies
    experience a loss of identity throughout the book that eventually causes the devastation and death that prevail.

    II. Ralph
    A. His original view of the island as a paradise
    B. His leadership qualities and ideas
    C. Ineffective leadership
    D. Inability to remember his purpose
    E. His own minor digressions into savagery

    III. Piggy
    A. Piggy’s introduction and the significance of his naming
    B. The rejection and acceptance of his ideas
    C. Piggy’s changing relationship with Ralph
    D. Piggy’s symbolic descent into blindness

    IV. Jack Merridew
    A. Jack’s original role on the island
    B. Jack’s leadership qualities
    C. The gradual symbolic camouflage
    D. Jack’s twisted vision

    V. Roger
    A. Roger’s initial description
    B. Roger’s bizarre behavioral tendencies unfettered by civilized restraint
    C. Roger’s emerging role in Jack’s tribe

    VI. Conclusion: Why the characters’ loss of their civilized identities support Golding’s theory that the...

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