Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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Laura Amy Schlitz


Lord of the Flies by William Golding 60second Recap® Decoder Video Study Guide

Lord of the Flies is William Golding's allegory about the rise of savagery and the fall of civilization.

Allegory.  Is that word Greek to you?  Congratulations!  You're a linguistic genius!  That's because the Greek root of the word "allegory" gives you exactly what you need to know to find an allegory—and to understand what it is.

In almost every book you read for English, you'll probably come across at least one symbol. But when everything stands for something else, you don't just have an author who's obsessed with symbols. You have an allegory.

Now I'm not big on scholarly esoterica, but here's a tidbit worth nothing. Allegory comes from the Greek word allegoria, which means "speaking otherwise."

Translation: An allegory is all about double meaning.

You've got what's going on on the surface of the story and then you have a political or social message that all the elements of the story are working together to convey. There's no tell-tale sign for an allegory, but often allegories have fantastical elements. And context helps, too. If you know the author had a thing for criticizing the government, you might have an allegory on your hands.

Still confused? Lord of the Flies, Gulliver's Travels, and The Wizard of Oz are all allegories. Check one out to experience allegory firsthand ...or click on this video again for a repeat tutorial.

Next: Metaphor in Literature.


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Literary Analysis 101: Dictionary of Terms Metaphor in Literature

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