Lord of the Flies

by: William Golding

Companion Texts

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-rise-of-nuclear-fear-how-we-learned-to-fear-the-bomb/

This is a blog from Scientific American that details the history of social fear of nuclear radiation. Writing directly after World War 2 and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Golding tapped into a common society-wide fear over nuclear war.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02x5ksf/episodes/guide

This is a radio dramatization of Lord of the Flies, made for BBC Radio in 2013. Adaptations of novels can shine light on hitherto unnoticed aspects of a narrative.

http://www.spring.org.uk/2007/09/war-peace-and-role-of-power-in-sherifs.php

This is a blog from a psychology website that outlines and discusses the Robber’s Cave Experiment: a sociology experiment that took place in 1954 which put boys into groups on a campsite and studied the effect of competition on their ability to work as a group.

https://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/the-real-lesson-of-the-stanford-prison-experiment

This is an article from the New Yorker that analyzes the Stanford Prison Experiment: a sociology experiment that took place in 1971 that recreated prison conditions and revealed that the participants were quicker to cruelty than the experimenters expected.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-probe-human-nature-and-discover-we-are-good-after-all/

This is an article from Scientific American about a contemporary experiment which set out to determine if human nature was good or evil.

https://www.britannica.com/art/robinsonade

This is an encyclopedia on the Robinsonade, a genre of survivalist and adventure fiction that derives its name from Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. Golding was influenced by this genre in writing Lord of the Flies.