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Pi and Richard Parker in Life of Pi - Missing Works Cited Pi gives two renditions of his 227 days on the ocean. His second version, instead of involving animals, claims that other survivors from the ship are present. Pi witnesses and takes part in cannibalism, going against his vegetarianism and human nature. Pi also commits murder in this adaptation of his story, killing his mother’s murderer, a reality that is hard for Pi to come to terms with. Since this event is easier for him to cope with if is not the one directly involved in the killing, he replaces himself with Richard Parker....   [tags: Yann Martel]
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Jack - Dynamic Character in "Lord of the Flies" - ... It’s time some people knew they’ve got to keep quiet and leave deciding things to the rest of us.” Jack is trying to get rid of the idea that the conch, or freedom of speech, is needed. This is another step away from civilized behavior because a newly established order of power replaces the conch. Another way Jack shows he is authoritative is by wanting to be a leader. First, Jack forms his own group that he calls the hunters. Then, Jack intimidates the other boys to join his group by talking about the beast....   [tags: Character Analysis] 771 words
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Gender Stereotypes in Literature - ... 67) what he is really doing is rebuilding the home that he felt his parents separation has stolen from him. It is indeed only a few days before he comes to think of his new crude lodgings as home, but when he admits “Maybe it wasn't much, but also maybe it was all he had for a home” (p. 68) he is talking about much more than the mere state of his lean-to. Paulsen is using the image of the lean-to to teach boys that when faced with something that tears your home apart you are forced to rebuild: the results may not be perfect at first, and it may very well be less secure than what you're used to, but it is still indeed a home....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1967 words
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The Revenge of Stalin - ... All eight of them were executed. “This included fifty per cent of all army officers” ("Educational Spartacus." The Great Purge. Andy Walker, 1997. Web. 13 Mar 2011). The last and final thing Stalin wanted to do was eliminate the NKVD, the public and secret police organization Russia. “Stalin wanted to make sure that those who knew too much about the purges would also be killed,” ("Educational Spartacus." The Great Purge. Andy Walker, 1997. Web. 13 Mar 2011). Stalin delegate Lavrenta Beria to take care of all the executions....   [tags: World History ]
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Surviving Against All Odds - ... As different circumstances arise, different methods are used to survive. Schindler’s List was about a group of Jews caught between the deadly and evil endeavors of the holocaust. The Jews were brutally killed through demonic means. One such incident was at the Plazow labour camp. When a chicken was stolen and the Jews were made to line up. The officer asked the question and shot the Jew in front of him. This made the boy who had committed the act to jump in fear and step forward. The officer said, “Who was it?” “It was him” the boy said in shock pointing to the man who had been killed....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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An Adventure with a Message: "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding - Lord of the Flies “is both a story with a message” and “a great tale of adventure”. The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is an allegorical novel representing what the world was like during World War II. The novel is about a group of boys who survive a plane crash during the Blitzkrieg. The boys are stranded on an island and must find a way to survive until they are rescued. Most of the characters do not even know each other before the crash happens. As the novel progresses, the characters begin to show their different personalities....   [tags: Lord of the Flies, William Golding] 765 words
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The Transformation of Jack in William Golding's Lord of the Flies - The Transformation of Jack in William Golding's Lord of the Flies     In the novel, Lord of the Flies, Jack is the character that experiences the most change. Jack begins the novel as a somewhat arrogant choirboy, who cries when he is not elected leader of the island. Jack is gradually transformed into a vicious killer who has no respect for human life. Through a series of stages, such as leading the choir, leading the hunting tribe, wearing the mask, killing Simon, separating from the group and intentionally killing Piggy, Jack degenerates from a normal, arrogant school boy into a savage beast....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays William Golding]
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The Savagery of Human Nature in William Golding's Lord of the Flies - The Savagery of Human Nature in William Golding's Lord of the Flies One of several significant incidents in this story is when the hunting group killed the first pig. This is a significant scene because it is where the hunters of the group release the savagery that has been covered up by the fact that they were civilized. It also is a significant event because it is the first time that the group of boys ignores the priorities set by their leader, Ralph. Ralph felt that keeping a signal fire to alert passing ships of their presence was more important than finding another source of food....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays William Golding]
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Morals vs. Instinct in "The Lord of the Flies" by William Golding - The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is an allegory that connects the boys’ behavior in the novel to the basic behavior of human nature. In the novel, the boys fear a wild beast that has the potential to kill them off. However, Simon, a quiet boy, finds that the beast is not an animal that everyone should fear, but is a part of each boy himself. As Simon wanders back to a beautiful meadow that he had traveled to before, he finds that it has changed. Instead of the peaceful meadow that Simon had discovered previously, the bloody head of a sow impaled by Jack and his follows taints the meadow....   [tags: Lord of the Flies, William Golding, morality, inst]
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Good versus Evil in William Golding’s "Lord of the Flies" - In William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, a young group of boys crash on an uncharted island. In the beginning the boys are excited to be alone, unsupervised by adults. But as the novel progresses, the boys begin to show their true nature. Through the boys, Golding attempts to expose the true nature of humankind, the good, the evil, and the in between. Simon represents the rare, truly good people in the world, the ones that do not do what they do to look good in another’s eyes, or because that is what is expected of them....   [tags: William Golding, Lord of the Flies, evil, ] 704 words
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How Golding Presents the Decline from Civilisation to Savagery in Lord of the Flies - How Golding Presents the Decline from Civilisation to Savagery in Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies is the name given to the inner beast, to which only Simon ever actually speaks. As Simon's waits for the beast's arrival near the bloody sow's head on the stake (buzzing with flies), The Lord of the Flies speaks to him, warning him not to get in its way or else he shall be killed by the boys. The Lord of the Flies name comes from the sow's head and the countless flies buzzing about it, which soon move from the sow's head to swarm around the head of Simon as the Lord of the Flies tells him, "I'm a part of you." In biblical texts, the Lord of the Flies is the title of Beelzebub (a direct translation of his name), a demon of Hell....   [tags: Lord of the Flies William Golding Essays] 2830 words
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The Symbolic Meaning Depicted in William Golding's Lord of the Flies - The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding tells the story of English schoolboys who become stranded on an island after a plane crash, and their slow descent from civilization to savagery. The story is an allegory; the characters as well as several objects all carry a symbolic meaning to them. Democracy and the laws of civilization are represented through a conch shell. The signal fire represents the boys’ connection to civilization and their desire to return to it. The “Lord of the Flies”, a severed sow’s head, symbolizes the inherent darkness of man....   [tags: Lord of the Flies] 780 words
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Ralph's Leadership in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies - Ralph's Leadership in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies Ralph, the elected leader of the group of British boys in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, strives to take the civilized society to which he is accustomed and apply it to society on the island on which he and the other boys are stranded. As leader, this task seems simple – tell the other boys what they each need to do and expect them to do it. Ralph fails to realize the difference between the rest of the boys and himself. The world is in the middle of a massive war, a war in which the threat of the atomic bomb looms prominently....   [tags: Lord of the Flies Essays] 1414 words
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Human Nature in Lord of the Flies by William Golding - Lord of the Flies is an extraordinarily well-written novel that teaches one how to live life. When asked about the philosophy of the book, the author, William Golding, replied, "The theme is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of a society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectful." This completely exemplifies the theme of the novel. Lord of the Flies truly shows that it is not the government that determines survival, it is the sheer human nature in all of us that proves whether a society can function....   [tags: essays research papers] 3063 words
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Immorality of Human Nature Depicted in Golding's Lord of the Flies - In Lord of the Flies, William Golding expresses the idea that humans are naturally immoral, and that people are moral only because of the pressures of civilization. He does this by writing about a group of boys, and their story of survival on an island. The civilized society they form quickly deteriorates into a savage tribe, showing that away from civilization and adults, the boys quickly deteriorate into the state man was millions of years ago. This tendency is shown most in Jack, who has an animalistic love of power, and Roger, who loves to kill for pleasure....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essay] 922 words
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Issues with Government Depicted in Golding's Lord of the Flies and Jackson's The Lottery - Although humans beings are flawed and make mistakes, in order for a government to ever be civilized, just, and effective, there needs to be a structured system of democracy that maintains a system of checks and balances. Also within the society there needs to be people, whether they are leaders or not, that have moral stability, and the knowledge and understanding to play the role they play in a government. In the Lord of the Flies by William Golding, and “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, it is clear that both Golding and Jackson do not agree with their stories’ government; rather Golding and Jackson express, through the failure of their stories’ government, that in order for a government to be civilized, just, and effective, there needs to be a democracy, checks and balances, moral stability, equality, and lastly knowledge and understand....   [tags: lord of the flies, the lottery] 853 words
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The Rise of the Beast in Lord of the Flies - Explain the emergence and rise of the beast in Lord of the flies by William Golding: Introduction. (1911 - 1993) Golding wrote Lord of the Flies shortly after learning of the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust. Here is some information about him. He was born in 1911 at Saint Columb Minor in Cornwall, England, Sir William Gerald Golding was educated at the Marlborough Grammar School, where his father taught, and later at Brasenose College, Oxford. Although educated to be a scientist at the wishes of his father, he soon developed a great interest in literature, becoming first devoted to Anglo-Saxon and then writing poetry....   [tags: English Literature:] 2334 words
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The Dark Heart of Man, The Cold Heart of the Machine - ... The suddenness of this realization is not to say that his persona has not been whittled at already. Golding writes: “Evening was come [for Ralph’s fragile ego], not with calm beauty, but with the threat of violence” (150), and that sinister twilight was indeed come; Simon would be murdered that night, at the feast on the beach. It is Ralph’s participation in the event that makes him so susceptible to Jack’s assertion of Ralph’s power and Ralph’s identity. Paul’s identity, however, is crushed under the purposefully faceless monstrosity of war, and is ultimately punctuated by his ironic death on a day reported as “all quiet” (Lentz 291)....   [tags: Literary Characters]
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The Importance of Government As Shown In "Lord of the Flies" - ... As a goal for the group, Ralph says they should try to be rescued. Most of the boys respect Ralph and look up to him, so they support this goal. Rescue is a long-term goal, and this shows that Ralph thinks about the future. This arrangement works fairly and decisions are made, such as to build a signal fire on top of the mountain. Unfortunately, when this is suggested the boys all get up, excited, and rush eagerly up the mountain. Jack also suggests that they use Piggy’s glasses to start the fire, resulting in the glasses being forcibly taken from Piggy....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 862 words
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Contrasting Ralph and Jack in Lord of the Flies - Contrasting Ralph and Jack in Lord of the Flies Ralph and Jack are both powerful and meaningful characters in William Golding's novel, Lord of the Flies. Ralph is an excellent leader; responsible, and stands for all that is good. Jack is a destructive hunter, selfish, and represents evil. These two main characters can be compared by the actions they take as leaders, their personalities, and what they symbolize in the story. Ralph first takes on the position as leader at the beginning of the story, when the rest of the boys vote him in as chief....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1114 words
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Democracy to Dictatorship in Lord of the Flies - Democracy to Dictatorship in Lord of the Flies        Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a novel that represents a microcosm of society in a tale about children stranded on an island. Of the group of young boys there are two who want to lead for the duration of their stay, Jack and Ralph.  Through the opposing characters of Jack and Ralph, Golding reveals the gradual process from democracy to dictatorship from Ralph's democratic election to his lack of law enforcement to Jack's strict rule and his violent law enforcement.    Upon the arrival of the boys to the island Jack immediately found himself in the center of a power struggle....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays]
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Society's Struggle Against Its Savage Roots - Society's Struggle Against Its Savage Roots Webster's online dictionary defines civilization as "a society in an advanced state of social development". Without the restraints of society, the behaviour of people will regress to their savage beginnings, due to the fact that one's need for survival will overpower all other impulses. The descent into savagery, man's inherent desire to survive over anything else, and the need for civilization and order shows how society unnaturally holds everyone together....   [tags: Heart Darkness Lord Flies] 1908 words
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The End of Innocence in Lord of the Flies - The End of Innocence in Lord of the Flies   William Golding wrote the novel Lord of the Flies "to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature."(Golding) He wanted to show that humans naturally live in savagery and ignorance with little knowledge on how to live together peacefully. To accomplish his premise Golding strands a group of boys on an island who then must set up government in an attempt to survive.  The story uses heavy symbolism to compare the life on the island to the entire civilization of the world....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays] 950 words
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The Good and Evil of Humans - The Good and Evil of Humans A famous philosopher Socrates once said, 'the unexamined life is not worth living.' With that idea, the question 'Are Human Beings Intrinsically Evil?' has been asked by philosophers for many years. It is known as one of the unanswerable questions. Determinists have come to the conclusion that we are governed by the laws of science, that there is nothing we can do about ourselves being evil because we naturally are. Evil is simply the act of causing pain. In this essay I will argue that human beings are born with a natural reaction to 'fear and chaos' to be instinctively evil....   [tags: Philosophy Good Evil Religion Essays] 1520 words
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The Primitive Nature of Man Revealed in Lord of the Flies - The Primitive Nature of Man Revealed in Lord of the Flies       A running theme in Lord of the Flies is that man is savage at heart, always ultimately reverting back to an evil and primitive nature. The cycle of man's rise to power, or righteousness, and his inevitable fall from grace is an important point that book proves again and again, often comparing man with characters from the Bible to give a more vivid picture of his descent. Lord Of The Flies symbolizes this fall in different manners, ranging from the illustration of the mentality of actual primitive man to the reflections of a corrupt seaman in purgatory....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays]
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Democracy in Lord of the Flies - This quote shows the significance of democracy and also highlights the only way for a democratic government to succeed is by having everyone working together. Our world today is separated by countries that each has their own suited government. However, a democracy is the most used and suitable government in order for any nation to succeed. Hence, a democratic government would be best suited for the boys on the island. This means a society would only be run by the way people want it to be run. The boys on the island have a decision of whether to build a society or to struggle for survival....   [tags: Democracy, Lord of the Flies, ]
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Creation of a Society - Despite the progression of civilization and society’s attempts to stop man’s darker side, immorality and violence proves to be both indestructible and inevitable; culturally embraced thoughts and perceptions for goodness, each individual is exposed to his natural instincts of evil. In Williams Golding’s Lord of The Flies a group of apparent innocent British boys suffer an accident while on an airplane and finished at a completely desolated island. Subsequently the kids managed to construct a society with established tasks, and rules....   [tags: Literary Review] 910 words
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True Human Nature Exposed in Lord of the Flies - True Human Nature Exposed in Lord of the Flies     The island in Lord of the Flies represents "a microcosm of human society." Stranded on an island where no definite authority is to be obeyed, the boys quickly forget the social standards that their parents have impressed on them. Eventually, the wildness of their ids cannot be suppressed. They lose their pride as "British boys" and choose their leaders, their social groups, and their lifestyles with their basic instincts rather than with practicality....   [tags: Lord of the Flies Essays]
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Mankind's Evil Exposed in Lord of the Flies - Mankind's Evil Exposed in Lord of the Flies        Despite the progression of civilization and society's attempts to suppress man's darker side, moral depravity proves both indestructible and inescapable; contrary to culturally embraced views of humanistic tendencies towards goodness, each individual is susceptible to his base, innate instincts. In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, seemingly innocent schoolboys evolve into bloodthirsty savages as the latent evil within them emerges....   [tags: Lord of the Flies Essays]
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The Usage of Symbolism in Lord of the Flies - Symbols are often used in literature to drive plot, give clues to events in the story, and develop key characters. They have more than one meaning, and in the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding there are three key symbols used: the conch, Piggy’s eyeglasses and the impaled pigs head. These three symbols will be discussed by using specific references to the text as well as examining how they negatively impact the characters in the story. Thesis: Three essential symbols that have a negative impact on the story are the conch, Piggy’s eyeglasses and the impaled pigs head....   [tags: Literary Techniques, Literary Devices] 738 words
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Simon as an Ambassador for Self-Realization “Lord of the Flies” - The trials and tribulations all humans face becomes prominent as each individual succumbs to evil in attempts of recreating his or her lost civilization. Out of each dark moment the individual faces, flourishes a new state of human consciousness that is consistent in revealing one’s true nature. In the Lord of the Flies, the transition the three young boys make into adulthood is evident as their significance and their newfound identity becomes more pronounced. Simon’s particular incident involves his encounter with the ‘Lord of the Flies’, where he comes to terms with the innate evil that resides within all humanity, causing him to be an ambassador for self-realization....   [tags: Lord of the Flies, Self-Realization, ] 959 words
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Darkness Within Mankind - ... If not for the officer, Ralph would be dead due to the boys’ cruel intentions of eradicating anyone who disagrees with them. Ralph’s cordial intentions of getting everyone rescue through the use of fire signals ends up with a plan of killing him. Sometimes amiss overtakes good. The Lord of the Flies symbolizes the snake in the Garden of Eden, whereby the snake tempts Eve into eating the apple. “That’s a lie. the serpent hissed. You’ll not die. God knows very well that the instant you eat it you will become like him, for your eyes will be opened-you will be able to distinguish good from evil!”(Genesis 3: 4)....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 705 words
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Simon as Christ in Lord of the Flies - Simon as Christ in Lord of the Flies     The role of the prophet changes with the society in which he lives. In modern society, a prophet is a visionary, telling people what they can become; in Biblical times, a prophet was the voice of God, telling his people what they had to become to fulfill their covenant with God.  In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the prophet is a peaceful lad, Simon.  He alone saw that the jungle, which represented freedom and the lack of civilization, was not to be feared but to be understood; he alone knew that the mythical Beast of the island, feared by all the boys, was, in fact, their own inherent savagery....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays] 873 words
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Simon as Silent Prophet of Lord Of The Flies - Simon as Silent Prophet of Lord Of The Flies           The role of the prophet changes with the society in which he lives. In Modern America, a prophet is a visionary, telling his people what they can become; in Biblical times, a prophet was the voice of God, telling his people what they had to become to fulfill their covenant with God. In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, though, the prophet told his people nothing; he realized what they had already become, and he dared not tell them because he knew they would turn against him....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays]
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Exposing the Human Soul in Lord of the Flies - Exposing the Human Soul in Lord of the Flies    William Golding in his novel Lord of the Flies symbolically describes the degeneration of a civilized society in three stages. Embedded within this story of a group of young boys struggling to survive alone on a deserted island are insights to the capacity of evil within the human soul and how it can completely destroy society. After a plane crash that results in their inhabitation of the island, the boys establish a democratic society that thrives on order, necessity, and unity....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays] 1195 words
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Lord of the Flies Characters - Lord of the Flies Characters In his first novel, William Golding used a group of boys stranded on a tropical island to illustrate the malicious nature of mankind. Lord of the Flies dealt with changes that the boys underwent as they gradually adapted to the isolated freedom from society. Three main characters depicted different effects on certain individuals under those circumstances. Jack Merridew began as the arrogant and self-righteous leader of a choir. The freedom of the island allowed him to further develop the darker side of his personality as the Chief of a savage tribe....   [tags: essays papers] 2273 words
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Ralph is the Best Leader in Lord of the Flies - Who is the Better Leader. In a group, there are always people who prove to have better leadership skills then others. The strongest of these people can often influence the weaker people into following them. However, the strongest person is not necessarily the best leader as it is proven in William Golding's book, The Lord of the Flies. Although Ralph is the weaker person, he is still able to show a better understanding of people than Jack who is stronger. Ralph demonstrates his excellent leadership skills throughout the book by keeping the group in line, treating everyone with respect, and staying focused on getting rescued....   [tags: essays research papers] 921 words
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The Struggle for Power and Authority - ... Joseph Stalin, a communist leader, ruled Russia with an iron fist from 1933 until his death in 1953. "He cared more about his power than he did about human life. During Stalin's reign, 12 million Russians lost their lives. Many were murdered by government forces; many died from starvation and overwork." (George Orwell fights the power) Therefore this is why Orwell understood that it was not leading to equality for all. At the beginning of the novel one of the characters is directly modeled on the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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Scheme of Work and Assessment - ... Government policies can feed into the classroom and dictate what the outcomes should be. However, it is the teacher role to ensure that learning takes place. This is were Assessment for Learning happens inside the classroom (Black et al. 2002). Assessment for Learning promotes any assessment activity that makes a positive contribution to the promoting pupils learning. This is what happens in classroom, teacher continually gain information from the pupils and adjust the teaching activity to ensure further learning is engaging....   [tags: Education]
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William Golding's "Lord of the Flies": Similar to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar - Author William Golding uses Lord of the Flies to paint a picture of the internal evil of man through a variety of different mechanisms. Ralph, while being one of the most civilized boys on the island, still shows characteristics that would indicate an inherent evil. Henry also displays a darker personality, even as he practices innocent childhood activities in the sand. The island on which the story takes place holds evidence that man possesses inherent evil, seen in the way the boys corrupt and destroy the innocence and purity of the tropical oasis, and viewed in the symbolic manner in which the island's pristine exterior shields a darker inside....   [tags: William Golding, Lord of the Flies, ] 1938 words
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Humanity’s Evil Inspired William Golding’s "Lord of the Flies" - “Drug dealers go big, use Boeing for coke run”, “11 killed in Pakistan by suicide bomber”, “Parents largely unaware teen binge drinking is growing deadlier” (Edmonton Journal, November 18, 2009). It is truly staggering to see the number of articles concerning crime, felony and death in a newspaper, everyday. It is not hard to find articles about laws being broken, about lawbreakers going free and about people being killed. The concept of newspapers full of stories showing humanity’s evil suggests that there is something wrong with today’s world, but newspapers have always been full of such articles and events....   [tags: evil, William Golding, Lord of the Flies, ] 1663 words
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Adaption Means Survival in Elie Wiesel's "Night" and William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" - Charles Darwin, the famous evolutionist, once wrote: "In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.” It was this message that Elie Wiesel learned during his captivity in World War II and incorporated into his novel, ‘Night’. It was also this message that William Golding tried to express through the scenario of his magnum opus, ‘Lord of the Flies’. Though, in both their novels, there was another message, an idea first realized by the great psychologist and philosopher Sigmund Freud....   [tags: Elie Wiesel, Night, William Golding, Lord of the F] 2684 words
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Importance of The Beast in Lord of The Flies by William Golding - Importance of The Beast in Lord of The Flies by William Golding All the way throughout the book, of ‘Lord of the Flies’ there is one main, big theme; the beast. It was first introduced by a small boy who was described as ‘a shrimp of a boy, about six years old, and on one side of his face was blotted out by a mulberry-coloured birthmark.’ The boy with the mulberry-coloured birthmark said that it was ‘a snake-thing, ever so big.’ By describing the beast as a ‘snake-thing’ makes it sound like as if it is something quite abnormal, because he’s not so sure about it being a snake....   [tags: Lord Flies Beastie Golding Essays] 1842 words
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Symbolism in William Golding's Lord of the Flies - Symbolism in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies renders either through a character, intention, or theme. The author uses these symbols to have a greater impact on the readers’ interpretation of the novel, rather than merely revealing the idea. First and foremost, the beast and its several manifestations are few of the many signs that support deeper meanings. Furthermore, there is Piggy, one with intelligence and responsibility and one very important symbol. Finally, there are the two fires which are vital representations in the novel that contrasts and demonstrates irony....   [tags: essays research papers] 1212 words
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Struggle Between Good and Evil in William Golding's Lord of the Flies - The Struggle Between Good and Evil in William Golding's Lord of the Flies     Evil is not an external force controlled by the devil, but rather the potential for evil resides within each person. Man has the potential to exhibit great kindness or to rape and pillage. In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding deals with this evil that exists in the heart of man. With his mastery of such literary tool as structure, syntax, diction, point of view and presentation of character, Golding allows the reader to easily identify with each character and explore the novel's main theme, the constant internal struggle between the forces of good and evil....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays]
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Use of Allegory and Symbols in William Goldging's Lord of the Flies - Use of Allegory and Symbols in William Goldging's Lord of the Flies           William Golding's Lord of the Flies allegorically shows the good and evil that co-exists in every human being.  Each character and symbol renders this possible by what it represents.  Ralph and Jack allegorically represent opposing political forces: Jack as the dictator or fascist and Ralph as the prototype of a democratic leader.  The island represents the archetypal garden and the conch shell represents power.  Golding uses British schoolboys to show progressive degeneration and to prove that a little bit of evil exists in all of us.  Each of these symbols aid in proving that we all have some evil in our hearts....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays William Golding Papers]
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Human Beings are Evil: Golding's Lord of the Flies - Humankind’s Greatest Faults Although humankind attempts its best at preventing evil actions, eventually evil rises above all else. While humans are living ordinary lives and living in ignorance, evil is always scheming and waiting to slide up behind the turned backs of society as depicted in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. One could argue that this is not the case and that good deeds always overshadow evil and that evil is just an occasional blip. However, what one’s opinion of society does not outshine the cold hard facts of humankind’s natural tendencies; specifically, how things are never as they seem, how easily humans can betray their emotions and how humans choose to ignore difficult situations in the search for an easy answer....   [tags: Literary Criticism, Critical Analysis] 1110 words
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Civilization Versus Savagery in Golding's Lord of the Flies - "Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything - except his own nature." This quote from Henry Miller demonstrates that even the best of people can be tempted and twisted by their own nature. Like the symbolic pig’s head stuck in the calm forests clearing, all beauty and innocence can be mutated when order is overthrown by impulse actions. In William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies, a central theme exists demonstrating the deterioration of civilization, and the overpowering of savagery, leading to the abandonment of moral thoughts and actions within a person....   [tags: literary criticism, literary analysis] 1768 words
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Subconsciou Integration of Elements in Literature: Lord of the Flies - ... One cannot call it brainwashing, but the conspicuous insertion of democratic ideals into the story definitely helps placate the audience and entice them to continue to support such ideals. So how does Ralph’s relationship to democratic leadership relate to the time period during which this book appeared. In the social circumstances of the 1950s leadership came in two flavors: good and bad. This strict division was brought about by the fragile standards instituted during the Cold War. In one of his interviews, the author suggested that he conceived part of Lord of the Flies “about Britain and the British” (Baker 136)....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1342 words
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The Lord of the Flies: A Representative Example of Society and Government - The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, was first published in 1954. This fabulous story is about a group of English schoolboys who get stranded on an island after a plane accident. Some say that this story is considered a political allegory because it shows different types of governments and in many ways represents our society. These boys have different views on decision-making and ethical decisions which cause dramatic changes in the way everyone fights for survival. The Lord of the Flies was Golding’s first novel which soon became a very popular and instructive novel for high school and college students....   [tags: Literary Themes] 1615 words
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An Interpretation of Jack Merridew - What are the aspects that separate civilization from savagery. Sir William Golding examines these aspects through his novel, The Lord of the Flies. The novel deals with children who have been stranded on an island after a plain crash. They are faced with problems such as keeping order amongst the group, and distribution of labor. The group is then faced with the conflict of leadership. Some are unhappy with the elected leader, choosing to undermine his authority. The primary member of this group is Jack Merridew- leader of the hunters....   [tags: American Literature] 1168 words
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The Religion of Man - The religion of man “Religion is not something separate and apart from ordinary life. It is life -- life of every kind viewed from the standpoint of meaning and purpose: life lived in the fuller awareness of its human quality and spiritual significance.” (A. Powell Davies). At the very heart of man, there is religion; it lies within our morals, our actions, and our very minds and desires. William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies is a very symbolically heavy piece. The book can be interpreted in many ways....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 1423 words
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The Malfunctioning Society - ... The violence begins with his psychopathic tying up and beating of his follower, Wilfred, for no expressed reason (159). Jack’s power abuse does not end with the beating of Wilfred; Wilfred’s beating is in fact only the beginning of his malicious acts. Jack even begins to think he has the right to overpower Ralph’s group to steal a very intelligent boy’s, Piggy’s, glasses for fire starting (168). A last example of abuse power is when Roger takes advantage of the power Jack bestowed upon him and beats Samneric for not guarding Castle Rock very well (191)....   [tags: Literature Review]
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Destructiveness of Jealousy Depicted in Lord of the Flies and Woman Warrior - ... “At the Western Palace” is the section of Woman Warrior in which Moon Orchid comes to the U.S.A. to find that her husband took a second wife. Jealousy digs its claws into her heart, and her sister Brave Orchid works to keep it there. In a story to convince Moon Orchid that the second wife is a treacherous fiend to overthrow, Brave Orchid says, “‘The Empress of the West would connive for power’” (Kingston 143). This quote illustrates the destructive blindness that jealousy brings to make Moon Orchid believe this tale, because it persuades her to connive for the power and authority of being the “Big Wife.” Not only does it blind, but the vile emotion also drives Moon Orchid into becoming a crazy woman....   [tags: lord of the flies, woman warrior]
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Maturity in Literature - ... An example of this was when the gangs decide to raid Jorgessons house. Jorgesson lives in a junk filled yard with a little shack in the middle, but when the boys raid his hut the protagonist leaves the wrong calling card. Instead of leaving their trademark calling card of an Ace of Diamond, he mistakenly leaves puts his library card on his door. This mistake leads to the gang being discovered of being behind this childish act. This means that the gang now has to face the consequences of their actions and that they now realize that what they were doing was immature as they thought what they were doing as big time jobs, but really they were being childish....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 1451 words
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Battle between Civilization and Savagery in Lord of the Flies - Battle between Civilization and Savagery in Lord of the Flies   Civilization today has become almost completely reliant on technology. Almost the entire planet is connected by phone lines, roads, air travel, or the internet. People converse with others thousands of miles away through modern connections, watch live broadcasts of news in foreign lands, or talk on wireless phones by use of satellites. We are governed by laws designed to protect us. We live in heated homes with fresh water and electricity....   [tags: Lord of the Flies Essays]
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Personality versus Character in _Lord of the Flies_ - ... Ralph, after recognizing the offensiveness of his prattling, stumbles “between the two courses of apology or further insult” before arriving to the conclusion that the nickname Piggy manages better “than Fatty” (25). The reason for Ralph’s uncertainty with handling the situation pertains to the expedient opportunity to display his leadership abilities but also, to the guilt he feels for publicizing Piggy’s secret. Ralph’s decision to remain the leader and not a friend in that situation reveals that their relationship can only survive when Ralph no longer seeks the need to prove his leadership....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Ethics, Friendship] 1539 words
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William Golding's Lord of the Flies - William Golding's Lord of the Flies The first chapter of the novel, The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding is effective in establishing the characters, concerns and language for the remainder of the book, as well as introducing the main themes of the novel; that the problems in society are related to the sinful nature of man and good verses evil. In Golding’s first chapter, the main characters are introduced, we see many ominous signs of what’s to come through the authors choice of language and the beginning of rivalries, issues and concerns are portrayed which are to continue throughout the rest of the book....   [tags: Golding Lord Flies Essays] 1772 words
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The Two Faces of Man Exposed in The Lord of the Flies - The Two Faces of Man Exposed in The Lord of the Flies         William Golding was inspired by his experiences in the Royal Navy during World War II when he wrote Lord of the Flies (Beetz 2514). Golding has said this about his book: The theme is an attempt to trace the defeats of society back to the defects of human nature. The moral is that the shape of society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectable. The whole book is symbolic in nature except the rescue in the end where adult life appears, dignified and capable, but in reality enmeshed in the same evil as the symbolic life of the children on the island....   [tags: Lord of the Flies Essays]
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Conflict Between Barbarism and Reason in Lord of the Flies - Conflict Between Barbarism and Reason in Lord of the Flies        William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a carefully constructed fable that was, in Golding's words, "an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature." (Grigson 189). The novel shows a group of English boys reverting to savagery on a Pacific island. The book deals with the conflict between humanity's inner barbarism on one side, and the civilizing influence of reason on the other.   Each of the two characters I have chosen to contrast and compare is presented in the novel as the most influential representative of each of the two sides....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays]
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Comparing Nature of Man in Island of Dr. Moreau and Lord of the Flies - Nature of Man Exposed in Island of Dr. Moreau and Lord of the Flies        Throughout the natural history of mankind, the human race has always held a notion of its predominance over all other creations of nature. Man has long believed that he is somehow morally superior to all other creatures, motivated by a higher source than basic instincts. Yet, the history of man is marked by an interminable string of events that would seem to contradict that theory: war, genocide, segregation, suppression, tyranny, the list goes on and on....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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A Comparison of The Destructors and Lord of the Flies - A Comparison of The Destructors and Lord of the Flies        In Graham Greene's "The Destructors," the author presents the Wormsley Common car-park gang, a group of adolescent delinquents who commit petty crimes for fun. William Golding, in his novel Lord of the Flies, presents a slightly younger group of boys who are wrecked on an uninhabited island and develop a primitive society that eventually collapses and gives way to despotic savagery. Although these two cases seem rather different, the boys in both situations show common characteristics....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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