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Thoughts on Lord of the Flies

Since the students I’ll be teaching in the fall are given summer reading assignments, the least I could do is read them, too, right?

I had read Lord of the Flies wayyyyy back in middle school or high school, so it was good to get a refresher on it.  Lots of great themes in the story: Independence, Order in Society, Human Nature, and so on.

I think a lot of these are quite relevant to today’s teenagers.  If it wasn’t completely against the rules to do so, I think it would be great to one day pretend to not show up to class and surreptitiously have a video camera somewhere in the room (simulating the boys on the island emerging from the plane crash).Image

After a few moments without adult supervision, I’d imagine a few students would probably get up and leave.  Others would sit there quietly.  And I bet one or two students would try to maintain some semblance of order by making sure the class was doing what they were supposed to be doing.

I doubt that the “society” of that unsupervised classroom would escalate to the violence, schisms and general chaos that occurred in the novel, but it would be interesting to see how quickly a culture of order (or disorder) would take foot in that room.

Next up: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!