In his introduction to William Golding s novel, novelist E.M. Forster suggests that Golding s writing lays a solid foundation for the horrors to come. Using Forster s quote as a starting point, discuss how the novel foreshadows the murders of Simon and Piggy. Focus on two events or images from the novel s earlier chapters and describe how they anticipate the novel s tragic outcome.
Many critics have read Lord of the Flies as a political allegory. In particular, they have considered the novel a commentary on the essential opposition between totalitarianism and liberal democracy. Using two or three concrete examples from the novel, show how the two political ideologies are figured in the novel, and then discuss which of the two you think Golding seems to favor.