Lord of the Flies, Essential Revision Notes

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Table of Contents

Lord of the Flies by William Golding 4

Context 4

Summary 6

Characters 8

Ralph 8

Jack 8

Simon 8

Piggy 8

Roger 8

Sam and Eric 8

The Lord of the Flies 9

Themes 10

Civilization vs. Savagery 10

Loss of Innocence 10

Important Quotations Explained 12

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Context

William Golding was born on September 19, 1911, in Cornwall, England. Although he tried to write a novel as early as age twelve, his parents urged him to study the natural sciences. Golding followed his parents’ wishes until his second year at Oxford, when he changed his focus to English literature. After graduating from Oxford, he worked briefly as a theatre actor and director, wrote poetry, and then became a schoolteacher. In 1940, a year after England entered World War II, Golding joined the Royal Navy, where he served in command of a rocket-launcher and participated in the invasion of Normandy.

Golding’s experience in World War II had a profound effect on his view of humanity and the evi...

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