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Interview with William Golding BBC Studio.

Present: Leanne Le Poidevin and William Golding

Leanne Le Poidevin is interviewing William Golding about his book,
Lord Of The Flies.

Leanne: Good afternoon Mr. Golding.

Mr Golding:Good afternoon to you.

Leanne:As we all know, Lord of the flies is about lots of boys trapped
on an island. What was the reason of putting just boys on the island?
Why were there no girls?

Mr Golding:At the time of the book, it was the war. Fighting and
arguing was going on around us, and it seemed as though nobody was
really sane anymore. It started off as being happy and positive, and
ended up being complete madness. Women were at home, doing the
housework, cooking food, you know? They didn't really have a choice in
anything. To be fair, they didn't really have much of a part in
everyday life. This is the image that I tried to portray on the
island. I felt that if I'd have put girls on the island, the book
would not have been so action-packed. Girls have a strange habit of
making the atmosphere a lot calmer, and I did not want this. I also
felt it would be hard to know the characters of girls. As a writer, I
feel it is essential to know your characters well, and because I was a
little boy, I do not know how a little girl would have felt at that
age. I wanted my characters to be believable, and by putting girls on
the island, I don't think I would have achieved this. I also realised
that girls go through many problems when they are growing up, and I
wanted my story to be an action one, not one full of relationships, I
e boys and girls. I don't think that the island I wanted to create
would have catered for their teenage needs, shall we say.

Leanne:Yes, I understand. Th...

... middle of paper ... is his only friend.

Leanne: Ah. Poor Piggy! Why did you put the Beastie idea into their

Mr Golding: Well I figured that by having young boys on an island,
there would be an element of fear. The most important part of the
chapter is when young Simon stands up and tells the group that the
Beastie is them. They are scared of themselves because of what they
have slowly turned into. The boys would obviously have been scared in
the night, but I specifically wanted the reader to know that the older
boys were turning into terrifying monsters that the little boys
couldn't handle anymore. They were bloodthirsty scavengers, who just
wanted to kill. This was making the young boys insecure.

Leanne: Well, Thankyou very much Mr. Golding. That was both very
interesting and informative. That's the end of our questions, so
Thankyou very much.

They exit.

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