Lord of the Flies:  A tour led by Docent Maggie McGonagle

A gallery with paintings that represent the incredibly interesting tale of schoolboys and their transformation into murderous savages as told by William Golding.

This is a photograph of William Golding, famous author of Lord of the Flies.
Selected Epigraph: "Finders keepers, losers weepers." Although this is a very simple and childish saying, it's blunt and slightly merciless tone describes the overall feeling of the society the boys create in Lord Of the Flies. This section of this painting also illustrates Golding's sublty onimous tone throughout the story through the image of the person hanging from a tree that you really don't notice at first glance.
Universal Theme: This section of "The Harvesters" by Pieter Bruegel is in my opinion a perfect representation of the universal theme in Lord of the Flies. The children in this picture are playing a game they see as fun, but we would see as sadistic and cruel. This "game" is played by beating a large bird tied upsidedown, hanging by its feet. This captures how the boys in Lord of the Flies became savages, killing pigs for fun and eventually progressing to killing eachother and seeing nothing wrong with it. The universal theme is the boys' transformation from typical schoolboys to murderous savages, which can be seen as how the true nature of human beings will eventually be seen through the masks of politeness and dignity.
A Day In the Life: https://docs.google.com/a/ccpsnet.net/document/d/1rmwaw22rQzRnd12BKORytF_4OeXA0LI3l5IRi-rzZS0/edit?usp=sharing Above is a link to my "Day in the Life" journal entry from the point of view of Ralph, the main protagonist in Lord of the Flies. Hunting was what really tore this group of boys apart and turned them against one another. This is why I chose to include this particular picture to represent how their hunting is what eventually leads to murder.
Tone: The tone of William Golding's Lord of the flies is extremely interesting. As you read, you get the feeling of knowing somehting is just ever so slightly off the whole time, but you can't always put your finger on what. The image of Death doing something as ordinary as playing the fiddle in this painting represents that sort of underlying ominous tone that Golding portrays so well throughout the story.
Historical Time Period: Although you can't be certain of the time period, Lord of the Flies seems to take place during World War II. There are small hints at a war going on throughout the book and it was published not too long after WWII ended. William Golding also seems to draw some connections between the boy's hunt for Ralph and the war at the end of the story when they finally get rescued. The ofiicer that comes ashore asks them if they've been having a little war and if there were any dead bodies, in what seems like a joking manner. To which Ralph replies seriously that yes, they have been having a war, but there have only been two dead bodies. This painting represents the horrors of what went on on this island.
Mandala: https://drive.google.com/a/ccpsnet.net/file/d/0B9VOusoVlG8Td1lHOFNMMGwxTk0/view?usp=sharing The lone green tree in this painting does an excellent job of representing Ralph, Piggy, Sam, and Eric amongst the other savage members of Jack's tribe. These four boys were the only ones who were not swayed by Jack's lures of food, fun, and hunting. They were the ones who tried their best to focus on what was important and not stray from their path.
Text to Text Connection: This painting obviously depicts the fall of Icarus from the famous myth. The story of Icarus flying to close to the sun and dying because of his irresponsibility represents how Jack was overly excited about there being no grown-ups on the island and being able to hunt and do as they please. This excitement and curiousity is what leads to the death of the respectable human being he was and makes way for the savage murderer he becomes.
This is the picture is ultimately the most important in this gallery becuase it shows the relationship between the protagonist, Ralph, and the antagonist, Jack. These two clearly hate eachother by the end of the story, but being trapped on the island, it's like they cannot escape eachother which is shown by the chain in this painting. The crazed look in the monky's eyes also show Ralph and Jack's mental declines towards slight insanity by the end of the story. I think that the monkies themselves also fit perfectly with this book because of how all the boys seem to revert to very primal and savage humans who seem to have lost what makes them any different from ant other animal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnCn2VTzY90 Here is a link to the trialer for the 1990 Lord of the Flies movie.
Here is a link to a website about William Golding and his many accomplishments in literature. http://www.william-golding.co.uk/
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