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Lord of the Flies
SUBJECTS — Literature - literary devices: symbol, character development, theme, irony; United States/1945 -1991;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Peer Pressure; Surviving;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Caring.
Age: 13+; MPAA Rating -- R
(TWM believes that in the 21st century, this movie would be rated PG-13. It is not even close to an R rating under today's standards. Our reasons are set out in the Possible Problems section of the full Learning Guide.)
Drama; 1990; 90 minutes; Color;
This is a film adaptation of William Golding's 1954 novel. Considered allegorical, the story is set on a tropical island where an airplane crash has stranded a group of boys. Absent any adult control, the boys begin to develop rules of behavior and lines of authority in order to survive. They work well together at first, but soon divide into two competing groups. Over time, one of the groups becomes an atavistic and primitive tribe which attracts most of the boys to its ranks. It kills and hunts down any boy who won't join . . . until. . . .
While film critics noted that the cinematography and scenery were lush and that the actor who played the protagonist did a creditable job, they criticized Lord of the Flies as being obvious and unsubtle. These defects, however, make it easier to use the film to introduce the elements of fiction and to demonstrate how to derive theme from a story.
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Lord of the Flies is an excellent introduction to the story originally told in the novel.
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HAVE STUDENTS READ THE BOOK FIRST! Some teachers show the movie as a treat or reward after students have read the novel. This is the best use for this film. However, the movie on its own offers an opportunity to access the themes in the book and many literary devices. This Learning Guide contains ideas for using the movie in class. Many of these ideas relate to the book as well as the film.
The Learning Guide to the film Lord of the Flies contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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