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GCSE English Literature Guide: Lord of the Flies

| Saturday November 26, 2016

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Assessment Objectives

AO1

Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.

AO2

Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes and settings.

AO4

Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts; explain how texts have been influential and significant to self and other readers in different contexts and at different times.

To fulfil these assessment objectives students must be able to:

  • Show that they know the texts well.
  • Support points made with examples from the text.
  • Have own ideas about the text – e.g. characters, ideas, situations.
  • Focus on task by selecting key words from question.
  • Only write what is relevant to the task.
  • Use literary terminology appropriately.
  • Use quotations correctly; so they are brief and relevant.
  • Show understanding of the historical context of the novel, both when it is set and when it was written.
  • Consider covert meanings as well as overt meanings in the texts.
  • Think about different features within the text such as character, relationships, and settings.
  • Link the opening and ending of the novel.
  • Think about the structure of the novel and why it has been structured that way.
  • Think about how different readers might respond to the novel and characters in the novel.

Historical Context

  • Lord of the Flies was first published in 1954 – just nine years after the end of World War 2.  The defeat of Nazism was seen by some as the defeat of evil; but Golding was less optimistic – he seemed to think that humans would always be capable of evil.
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  • At this time, because of the reparations following the War, there was tension between the West and Russia.  There had begun a stockpiling of nuclear weapons after the first atomic weapon was used in 1945.  The major powers now possessed the capability in theory at least to...

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