Monday, March 14, 2011

Who knows more about Golding?

Today, we are going to learn about what made William Golding write Lord of the Flies. I want you and a partner to find as many relevant facts as you can about Golding's life and post both the facts and the source in the comment section. Make sure to find out about where he grew up, important experiences, and reasons behind his belief about the basic nature of man. Can you find out what he believes regarding humans?

21 comments:

  1. Awarded both the prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 and the coveted Booker Prize in 1980, William Golding's writing continues to touch every country in the world and is today read in more than 35 languages. He was knighted by the Queen in 1988, and his you-must-have-read-this classic novel Lord of the Flies is a global phenomenon.
    http://www.william-golding.co.uk/

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  3. http://summarycentral.tripod.com/thelordoftheflies.htm

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  4. novels are relatively few in number - twelve. Golding also wrote plays, many essays and reviews, several short stories, some poems, and a travel book about Egypt. He left at his death a journal of more than two million words. Many of his attempts at other works survive in manuscript or typescript. He seems to have known from childhood that he wanted to be a writer. His first published work appeared when he was twenty-three.

    http://www.william-golding.co.uk/life.aspx

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  5. "He believed that the horrors of World War II can be based on some innate evil which he explores in Lord of the Flies." http://summarycentral.tripod.com/thelordoftheflies.htm

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  6. He was born in September 1911. Golding served in the Royal Navy during World War 2. Lord of the flies was the first novel he had and it was published in 1954. Golding wrote the book because it is an allegory of World War 2. ("William") http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Golding
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  7. The main reason he wrote the book was probably due to his having served in the British Navy during World War II. He saw some horrific events during his time in the Navy.
    -to show how much civilization plays a huge role in our life, otherwise our inner savage would take control. he also depicts the acts of human being in our desire of power or whether we are strong enough to resist temptation and not follow the crowd. (answers.com)

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  8. The reason he wrote the book is most likaly because he was in world war II and seved in the british navy. He saw some scary events including D-Day - http://www.enotes.com/william-golding/q-and-a/why-did-william-golding-write-lord-flies-20201

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  9. “William Golding joined the Royal Navy in 1940. During World War II, Golding fought in the Royal Navy and was briefly involved in the pursuit and sinking of Germany's mightiest battleship, the Bismarck. He also participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, commanding a landing ship that fired salvoes of rockets onto the beaches, and then in a naval action at Walcheren in which 23 out of 24 assault craft were sunk. At the war's end, he returned to teaching and writing.”
    Nobel Prize in Literature in 1983 for Lord of the Flies
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Golding
    “Golding tries to teach us and warn us of the evil nature of mankind. He says through the book that we are evil and that it is only society that keeps us from committing crimes.”
    Themes
    1. “This book traces the faults in society to the faults in the individual person. Golding says that each person has in evil inner nature poorly covered by society. If the society is taken away, then the inner nature comes out and chaos and lawlessness erupt.”
    2. “ Each person has an evil nature and is capable of committing heinous crimes. In this book, virtually every person fell to the level of Jack’s savagery except those that were able to see that evil such as Ralph, Simon, and Piggy.”
    3. “ The beast is human. In the beginning of the book, a littlun told the others that he saw a beast in the jungle starting everyone's fears. However, it turns out that the beast is actually a parachutist and human, symbolizing that what they should be scared of is not some evil creature, but their own selves and other humans.”
    http://summarycentral.tripod.com/thelordoftheflies.htm

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  10. "William Golding had the vision to see that the worst in human nature would prevail and that many so called decent minded people would be easily and willingly swayed to act in terrible ways towards others (as the world saw in the Nazi era and with Stalin)."(question)I think William Golding wrote Lord of the Flies to explain this theory.

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090119043346AAfMNkG

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  11. William Gerald Golding was born on September 19, 1911 in Cornwall England,His father was a schoolmaster and his mother was a suffragette, His parents had wanted him to study science, so he did from grammar school until the second year of college. After his second year of college, he abandoned the study of science in favor of English literature. He wrote poetry and worked in amateur theater for a while before becoming a teacher where he was at the beginning of World War II. At the start of World War II, he entered the Royal navy and served with distinction on mine sweepers, destroyers, and rocket launchers. He believed that the horrors of World War II can be based on some innate evil which he explores in Lord of the Flies. After the war, he returned to teaching and writing, although had little success getting published. He was able to get Lord of the Flies published and it experienced great success. The Lord of the Flies takes place on an island during World War II, Since the island is a microcosm, Golding uses it to reflect our world and give comments on our world and his view of human nature

    http://summarycentral.tripod.com/thelordoftheflies.htm

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  12. Published Lord of Flies in 1954, the time of the Cold War and atomic threats. He was horrified of communism.

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  14. "The main reason he wrote the book was probably due to his having served in the British Navy during World War II. He saw some horrific events during his time in the Navy including the D-Day... In which he explores Lord of the Flies"

    http://www.enotes.com/william-golding/q-and-a/why-did-william-golding-write-lord-flies-20201

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  15. William Golding just happened to be a schoolmaster himself. He also had time working in the navy.http://www.william-golding.co.uk/

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  16. William Golding was born at his Grandmas house in Newquay, Cornwall and his first book published was "Poems". Golding married Ann brookfield. He joined the Royal Navy and commanded a landing craft in D day and then returned home to teach and write. He wrote "Lord of the FLies" based off of Christianity, humanity, and mythology. Was written to show how humanity is at the time and "Lord of the FLies" was written to show how fragile society was.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Golding

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  17. Sir William Gerald Golding was a british novelist boen in Cornwall,UK. His most noteable work was Lord of the Flies. He was knited in 1988. Golding was awarded the Nobel prize in 1983. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Golding

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  18. William Golding was born in his grandmother's house in September 1911.William Golding joined the Royal Navy in 1940. During World War II, Golding fought in the Royal Navy and was briefly involved in the pursuit and sinking of Germany's mightiest battleship, the Bismarck.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Golding

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  19. The theme of the Lord Of The Flies is that humans are inheirantly evil and men are naturally savages.

    http://rantery.awardspace.com/lord-of-the-flies.html

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  20. William Golding wrote lord of the flies to show the fragilty of soiciety and a refrence back to ww2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Golding

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  21. William Golding was born in Cornwall, England. He attended Malborough Grammer School, at Brasenose College, Oxford. William Golding had jobs as an artist, musician, teacher, actor, sailor, and also contributed to society with his literature. Specifically, William Golding contributed to literature with the publishing of his book, Lord of the Flies. He was inspired to write this book because he saw up close as a soldier in war, what was happening in the U.S.S.R at the time. Golding saw that socialism and Stalin, the leader of the U.S.S.R, were persuading people to do things. Golding embraced this socialism, and believed that people were basically evil on the inside. Golding also believed that at the worst of times people can be persuaded to do anything.


    http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1983/golding-bio.html


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Golding

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