Lord of the Flies: Chapters 7 and 8

Contributor: Rebecca Hann. Lesson ID: 10940

When people are in difficult situations, their true character shines through, for better or for worse. Stress makes the masks come off. Learn about how authors portray character qualities in stories!


Literary Studies

learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What makes people do what they do? Different people react differently to situations based on their character, or personality. Read what happens when the different personalities in Lord of the Flies clash!

Welcome back!

This is the fifth lesson in our Lord of the Flies series, found under Related Lessons in the right-hand sidebar.

The focus in Chapters 7 and 8 is characterization. Characterization is the process by which the author reveals the personality of the characters in a story.

There are times when the author tells the reader what the character is like; this is called direct characterization. In many cases, the author does not tell the reader what the character is like, but instead gives the readers clues about the character's personality based on their actions; this is called indirect characterization. When an author uses indirect characterization, the reader has to infer — make a knowledgeable assumption — about the personality of this character.

For more information on characterization, watch the videos below:

Direct Vs. Indirect Characterization, by Michelle Filippone:

Explaining Characterization in Literature, English Jams - Jon Spike:

Characters and Character Qualities, by Patrick Mcghee:


As you can see from these videos, characters' personalities often affect how they handle situations.

You are going to see in these chapters of Lord of the Flies that the characters' personalities will directly result in more conflict!

So, head on over to the Got It? section to get reading!

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