Lord of the Flies: Background

Contributor: Rebecca Hann. Lesson ID: 10904

Boys will be boys; that's what William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, was trying to portray. And, it's not a pretty picture! Videos introduce you to the writer and the story's dark background!


Literary Studies

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personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


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Lord of the Flies quote

Congratulations on starting the journey of a novel study!

This is the first lesson in the study of the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. There will be ten lessons covering the details of the novel, all found in the right-hand sidebar under Related Lessons.

In order to create the best understanding of any novel, it is important to understand the context of the novel.

Context is the surroundings, circumstances, and background that determine the meaning of the story. Knowing the events that played an important role in Golding's life — that led him to write Lord of the Flies — will help you better understand what he may have been thinking when he was writing the novel.

Similarly, being aware of what was going on in the world around Golding when the novel was written will also help you understand his reasoning within his writing.

Watch these videos to build your understanding of William Golding, Lord of the Flies, and the world in 1954:

Lord of the Flies Revision: Key Points Historical Context, from Revision Rocks:

Draw my Life: William Golding, from Lois Bai:

Golding's Introduction to Lord of the Flies, from Abecedarius Rex:


As you can see from the information in these videos, Golding's life experiences helped shape his novel.

His experience as a teacher helped him portray the boys in Lord of the Flies more realistically, and his observations during World War II created the pessimistic viewpoint of society that is felt throughout the novel.

Continue on to the Got It? section to review what you've learned and predict what will happen in the book!

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