Critics of the Lord of the Flies argue that the novel in general is somewhat dated and unsuitable for modern audiences. Literary and movie critic Roger Ebert remarked in his review that "…events take place every day on our mean streets that are more horrifying than anything the little monsters do to one another on Golding's island." Do you agree or disagree with the quote? In your response, use evidence from the text, contrasted with real life examples.
Consider the following symbols that appear in the novel:
Choose one. Discuss its use as a symbol of power and include at least one quote from the text to support your analysis. Be specific when discussing power -- what kind of power does it symbolize and is this power beneficial or detrimental to the group's survival?
Over the next three weeks, you will be reading Lord of the Flies and engaging in an online discussion with other Honors English classes. You will be required to read approximately 10 pages per day. Follow this link to see an example of how this will work.
For an overview of Lord of the Flies, including the historical setting and background information about the author, click here.