Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lord of the Flies (CAE exam)

Lord of the Flies (William Golding) is one of the optional set texts for the Writing Paper in the 2012 / 2013 exam.  You may choose to prepare for questions on this set text by studying a film version as well as, or instead of, the novel.  Candidates should be made aware that they should not attempt the set text question unless they have the necessary vocabulary and understanding of the text to answer the task set.
The Plot
A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast.

In this, his first novel, William Golding gave the traditional adventure story an ironic, devastating twist. The boys' delicate sense of order fades, and their childish fears are transformed into something deeper and more primitive. Their games take on a horrible significance, and before long the well-behaved party of schoolboys has turned into a tribe of faceless, murderous savages.

First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is now recognized as a classic, one of the most celebrated of all modern novels.

Author: Golding, William
Publisher: Penguin Books
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780571191475
Publication Date: 2002
Price: £7.99 + postage

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