The Lord of the Flies
William Golding

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Karim Chandra

Overview
Author
William Golding
Year Published
1954
Type
Allegorical
Genre
Novel
Perspective and Narrator
The Lord of the Flies brings the reader through a third-person point of view through the use of an accompanying narrator. Themes of evil, innocence and nature are expounded on through the use of the third person narrator.
Tense
Past
About the Title
Lord of the Flies is a translation of the biblical figure Beelzebub, another name for Satan or the Devil. As the boys in Lord of the Flies descend into chaos, they embody the evil and cruelty suggested in the book’s title. After killing a pig, some of the children affix its decapitated head to a stick, which attracts a swarm of flies as it decays. Amid the chaos surrounding the boys, some glorify this grotesque figure, referring to it as the Lord of the Flies. Its presence reflects the savagery that emerges within the boys throughout the course of the story.
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