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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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LordOfTheFliesBookCover LOST Book Club - LBC

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"Lord of the Flies" is an allegorical novel written in 1954 by the Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding.

The story is about a group of schoolboys trying to recreate society after being stranded on an island, only to have it break down when the darker side of human nature defies attempts to establish order.

LOST References

In the episode ...In Translation, this book is mentioned by Sawyer.

"Folks down on the beach might have been doctors and accountants a month ago, but it's Lord of the Flies time, now."

Charlie mentions how the Tailies went "all Lord of the Flies." in the episode What Kate Did.

Hurley encounters a fly-infested boar hanging from a tree whilst trekking through the jungle Numbers.

Wild Boar were present both in the book, and on the Island

The younger boys complained of a mysterious monster that traveled through the forest with ease.

The Author

Sir William Gerald Golding (19 September 1911 – 19 June 1993) was a British novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, best known for his novel Lord of the Flies.

Quotes

Stephen King as said, "The Castle Rock in Lord of the Flies" was the inspiration for the town of the same name that has appeared in a number of his novels.

King's fictional town in turn inspired the name of Rob Reiner's production company, "Castle Rock Entertainment"

"The Lord of the Flies" has also appeared prominently in Stephen King's novels "Hearts in Atlantis" and "Cujo".

The Characters

Ralph

Piggy

The Conch

Jack Merridew

Roger

Simon

Naval Officer

The Beast

Lord of the Flies

Discussion Points

  • What is unique about the setting of the story?
Does this setting enhance or take away from the story?
  • What specific themes are discovered throughout the story?
Do you see any themes also relating to the story of LOST?
What is the message conveyed by the story themes?
  • Do the characters seem real and believable?
Which characters remind you of similar characters in LOST?
Are their predicaments similar to any in LOST?
  • How do characters change or evolve in the story?
What triggers those changes?
What are the similarities and differences with LOST characters?
  • What are the philosophical views portrayed in the story?
How is it the same/different from LOST's philosophical view?

Discussion Guidelines

  • Be specific and provide examples to back up your point of view.
  • To make the discussion more interesting, feel free to ask your own questions.
  • Please be considerate of all points of view.
  • Encourage participation.


Happy Reading and Thanks!

--Just Sayin' JSTalk LBC LBCTalk eMail 06:15, August 2, 2010 (UTC)

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