An incredibly painful and somewhat controversial book, Lord of the Flies by William Golding has become a cultural classic. As required reading in so many classrooms, this book is familiar on some level to virtually everyone. For this reason and because although it is a sad story, Golding clearly shows the reader what is good and what is bad, we recommend everyone read it at least once. Be sure to watch the review for suggestions on how to guide younger readers through it. And, as always, take the truth and leave the rest!
Themes: law; friendship; revenge; savagery; needs; leadership; government; loyalty; love vs. hate; reason vs. passion
Principle: Without a solid moral foundation, people are easily led astray.
1- Who had the power? How did they get it? Did they use it for good or evil? Why did others follow them?
2- Why is Piggy so powerless? Why is he so loyal to Ralph? How does he dis-empower himself?
3- If you can’t have faith and fear at the same time, why did they succumb to fear rather than have faith?
4- What could Ralph have done differently? Were there ways to influence and lead he didn’t use? Why didn’t he have more influence?
5- Which character do you most want to be like? Why? What would you have done in this situation?