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Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback - 208 pages (July 1959)
Perigee; ISBN: 0399501487 ;
Dimensions (in inches): 0.46 x 6.86 x 4.15


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Lord of the Flies Character list/analysis from the book:


Ralph - Twelve year old fair hair boy.

Piggy - He was the only boy on the island whose hair never seemed to grow.

Johnny - Johnny was well built, with fair hair and a natural belligerence.

Sam & Eric - bullet-headed and with hair like tow, they were twins, and the eye was shocked and incredulous at such cheery duplication. They breathed together, they grinned together, they were chunky and vital.

Jack Merridew - Chief choir boy.

Maurice - Choir boy, next in size among the choir boys to Jack, but broad and grinning all the time. page 20 - Daddy said they haven't found all the animals in the sea.

Roger - Choir boy - A slight, furtive boy whom no one knew, who kept to himself with an inner intensity of avoidance and secrecy. Silent, secrecy, uncommunicative by nature, sadist.

Bill - choir boy

Robert - choir boy

Harold - choir boy

Henry - choir boy - distant relative to the mulberry-marked boy

Simon - choir boy - saint - epileptic.

Percival Wemys Madison - was mouse-colored and had not been very attractive even to his mother - knew his name and address -littlun.

Mulberry-marked boy - a shrimp, 6 years old - littlun

Phil - littlun - self-confident


Wilfred - the boy beaten by Jack

Stanley - the boy ask Jack if they killed the beast

Littluns-- The smaller boys were known now by the generic title of "littluns." The decrease in size, from Ralph down, was gradual; and though there was a dubious region inhabited by Simon and Robert and Maurice, nevertheless no one had any difficulty in recognizing biguns at one end and littluns at the other. The undoubted littluns, those aged about six, led a quite distinct, and at the same time intense, life of their own. They ate most of the day, picking fruit where they could reach it and not particular about ripeness and quality. They were used now to stomach-aches and a sort of chronic diarrhoea. They suffered untold terrors in the dark and huddled together for comfort. Apart from food and sleep, they found time for play, aimless and trivial, in the white sand by the bright water. They cried for their mothers much less often than might have been expected; they were very brown, and filthily dirty. They obeyed the summons of the conch, partly because Ralph blew it, and he was big enough to be a link with the adult world of authority; and partly because they enjoyed the entertainment of the assemblies. But otherwise they seldom bothered with the biguns and their passionately emotional and corporate life was their own.


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William Gerald Golding

Date of birth --
September 19, 1911,
Cornwall, England, UK
Date of death -- June 19, 1993,

Trivia --
Was the 1983 Nobel laureate in literature. Each of his eleven novels explored human nature's darker side.

Personal quotes -- "Man produces evil as a bee produces honey."

Author William Golding Dies at 81

All Things Considered (NPR), 06-19-1993.

KATIE DAVIS, Host: British writer William Golding died today at the age of 81, apparently of a heart attack. The Nobel Prize-winning author of Lord of the Flies was a school teacher at first and he didn't publish that first novel until he was 43. The Lord of the Flies was rejected by 21 publishers before Faber and Faber accepted it in 1954. Golding told NPR in an interview in 1985 that he was always drawn to writing, even though his father wanted him to be a scientist.

WILLIAM GOLDING, Author, `Lord of the Flies': I saw that along the way I gradually discovered that that wasn't what my make up was. I think perhaps I'm not- fundamentally I'm not serious enough a person to be a scientist or perhaps you can say I haven't got the intelligence because although you can go a long way in science without intelligence, you come across the point, ultimately, where you need it, whereas in novel writing, you can go all the way without having a blind idea, as far as I can see, just by some curious kind of, I won't call it dexterity, some curious innate ability that I don't think anybody's been able to define yet - in other words, the tribal story teller.

DAVIS: And the stories that William Golding liked to tell were mythical, dark, and often pessimistic. Pincher Martin, about the last moments of a drowning man, writes of passage about a priest involved in a sex scandal, and the story of Piggy, Ralph, Roger, and Jack, and their decent into cruelty on that island. William Golding once said that after World War II, he wanted to say to the British, `You think you've won the war and defeated Nazism, so you're all nice, decent people, but look out, the evil is in all of us.'

Mr. GOLDING: And we went into the war relatively innocent. We came out at the end of it and were faced with what the Nazis had done and then gradually realizing what Stalin had done and then putting together things like the use of the atom bomb, the blanket bombing in Germany, and so on, then finding out things like Mengele's experiments with children and so on and so forth, the horrors that went on in the Nazi- behind the Nazi machine, and once when I was lecturing, I suddenly realized what was the main motive power behind Lord of the Flies, it was, in fact, just sheer grief. We'd found out about the human condition and it was just sheer grief at having gone through the war and to know that the war had been an event but it hadn't settled much.

DAVIS: William Golding - he died today at the age of 81 in his home in southwest England.

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