Critical Lens Essay

YOUR TASK: Write a critical essay in which you discuss Lord of the Flies from the particular perspective of the statement that is provided for you in the “critical lens.” In your essay, be sure to provide a valid interpretation of the statement, agree or disagree with the statement as you have interpreted it, and support your opinion using specific references to appropriate literary elements from the works.



“When the human race has once acquired a superstition nothing short of death is ever likely to remove it.” - Mark Twain

"Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother." -- Voltaire

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” -- Bertrand Russell

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” -- Carl Jung


·         Choose ONE critical lens and provide a valid interpretation that clearly established the criteria for analysis

·         Indicate whether you agree or disagree with the statement as you interpreted (thesis)

·         Us the criteria suggested by the critical lens to analyze The Lord of the Flies

·         For your chosen works, do not summarize the plot but use specific references to appropriate literary elements (for example, theme, characterization, structure, language, point of view) to develop your analysis

·         Follow the guidelines worksheet for form. Each body paragraph must be at least 11 sentences long x minimum of 2 body paragraphs

·         Organize your ideas in a unified and coherent manner

·         Be certain to specify the exact title and author

·         Follow the conventions of standard written English