Enter Lord of the Flies

British Literature. Tue, Oct 13th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

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We will begin discussing Lord of the Flies by Wm. Golding when we return from Fall Break. You may pick up a copy at Gardener’s on the cheap (though they may not have many copies in stock) or at any other fine bookseller in the area.

We will be journaling as we go, so start as soon as you open the book. We’ll be focusing on themes of power and democracy, as well as social interaction. Keep in mind our discussion of money in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead:

PLAYER: Everything has to be taken on trust; truth is only that which is taken to be true. It’s the currency of living. There may be nothing behind it, but it doesn’t make any difference so long as it is honored. One acts on assumptions (51-52).

Here’s our schedule for the remainder of the semester. Of course, this is subject to change with advance warning:

Date Discussion (Chapters) Due
Mon. (19) Character names, setting, historical background (1-2) Journal over R&G and beginning of Lord
Tues. (20) Symbolism (3-4)  
Wed. (21) Diction, imagery (5-6)  
Thurs. (22) Allegory and microcosm (7-8)  
Fri. (23) Primitivism, Hobbes, the social contract Journals over 1-8
Mon. (26) Simon, Bacchae, (9-10)  
Tues. (27) Simon, con’t (11-12) Journals over novel
Wed. (28) Reflection on themes, brainstorming  
Thurs. (29) Thesis writing, begin outline from journals  
Fri. (30) Peer review of outlines, group discussion Outlines
Mon. (02) Peer review of rough drafts Rough drafts
Tues. (03) One-on-one discussion of rough drafts, begin writing final  
Wed. (04) Presentations of final drafts Final drafts
Thurs. (05) Con’t presentations, discussion of plan for next semester  


All missing or reworked assignments must be turned in by Monday, the 26th of this month—there will be no exceptions.

9 Responses to “Enter Lord of the Flies”

  1. Haley says:

    Poor Piggy.

  2. Nathan says:

    I agree, Haley. Haha.

  3. josh says:

    i heard you were out sick all last week, so did we finish reading R&G?

  4. Billy M Johnnson says:

    ok so i was out monday with the flu so i didn’t see a good portion of the movie and idk whats due tomorrow…whats due? haha

  5. Shelby says:

    Not related at all to R&G but I saw this and I just had to share..

  6. JStallings says:

    Now that’s just wild.

  7. Shelby says:

    Glad ya liked it 🙂

  8. Andrew M. says:

    So, this is not in any way, shape, or form, related to the oh-so delightful tale of “Lord of the Flies”, but I just noticed that your subheading, “The one Source for All my Students”, put into acronym form would be T.S.A.S.. I am quite proud of myself.

    P.S. – Piggy got owned.

  9. JStallings says:

    Ha, I think you’re the first to notice. Good show, good show.