Ms. Gokturk Word count: 1000+ words

Soph Due Date: ________________ @ turnitin


The Lord of the Flies Patterns and Literary Analysis Essay (100 points)


Your Task: Write a critical essay in which you argue to support a position cultivated from one of the prompts below. Your essay should support your position exploring ONE or THREE patterns presented in the novel as well as using specific references to appropriate literary techniques (characterization, setting, conflicts, point of view, irony, symbolism, juxtaposition, imagery, motif, etc.); you should artfully discuss at least THREE literary techniques and bold the terms in your essay. Please submit your essay to turnitin.



#1 Critical Lens Essay: Select ONE of the following quotes to serve as a springboard to building your thesis:

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." ― Dalai Lama


"Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is." ― Albert Camus


"Human nature will only find itself when it fully realizes that to be human it has to cease to be beastly or brutal." ― Mahatma Gandhi


In your essay, provide a valid interpretation of the statement and demonstrate how your INTERPRETATION is true or false to the novel. à That is your thesis! After stating the author and quote in your intro, rely on your interpretation to discuss. Ignore the quote’s existence from that point on.


#2 Who is ultimately responsible for the destruction of the island?

Identify the guilty and prove the guilt.


#3 How is The Lord of the Flies still relevant today?

Create a valid statement. Support your position with literary analysis connected to a modern issue. [For example, politics/government, people in the news, crime rates, bullying, environmental concerns, animal abuse, etc.] Be sure to remember that this is a literary essay, so the current topic is a means to explore the novel as well as understand the topic you select. When using outside sources of any kind (newspaper articles, journal articles, etc.), CITE! Cite parenthetically in the paper and also have a Works Cited Page. [See, or to see how to properly cite MLA format.]


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