Lord of the Flies

William Golding
Further Study

Companion Texts

Further Study Companion Texts


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.