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William Golding's Lord of the Flies


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • A summary of the plot
  • What is Lord of the Flies about?
  • How does Golding show that small children are by nature cruel?
  • Are there signs in the novel that Golding did not really believe in original sin?
  • Why are Ralph and Jack enemies?
  • Is Lord of the Flies a religious novel?
  • What remains in the published version of the religious novel Golding originally wrote?
  • How religious is the published version of the novel?
  • Why is the novel called Lord of the Flies?
  • Is Lord of the Flies realistic about human behaviour?
  • Is Lord of the Flies about social class?
  • Did Golding have a real-life model in mind for Piggy?
  • Is Lord of the Flies a political novel?
  • What is the point of Roger?
  • Why is there no sex in Lord of the Flies?
  • What is special about Golding's style in Lord of the Flies?
  • What does the arrival of the naval officer add to the novel's meaning?

About the Author

John Carey is a British literary critic and Emeritus Merton Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. His books include The Intellectuals and the Masses, What Good Are the Arts?, and William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies. His memoir, The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books was published in 2014.

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