This GCSE English Literature quiz takes a look at theme in Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Theme, in literature, is an idea conveyed by a text. Even the most simple work of literature is certain to contain several themes. These themes can range from those you couldn’t possibly miss to the more subtle ideas you only notice after reading a work for the third time. The various themes of a text will usually interact in conversation with one another, rather than operating in isolation. Authors use the essential elements of fiction, including setting, character, plot and dialogue, in order to develop theme.
You have probably noticed that related ideas and concepts pop up in different places in a text you are reading. These related ideas are the text’s themes. To analyse them, you might begin by considering how these ideas are introduced and develop over the course of the text. One good place to start is by considering your own opinions: have you been prompted to reconsider any of your own opinions on the ideas with which the text is concerned?
After you finish reading a text, spend some time comparing the thoughts and views you hold at the end with those you held prior to reading the book. Have any views changed or perhaps been strengthened? Could you explain why/why not? Try to identify the section of text which has challenged or confirmed your personal views. If an author has successfully encouraged you to engage with the themes of the text, you will find yourself thinking hard about the issues and maybe even changing your mind. Always remember that you do not have to agree with other readers. Your response to a text will be personal, because you, like other readers, bring your own thoughts, beliefs and experiences into consideration while reading.
Lord of the Flies deals with themes of innocence, violence, the rule of law, knowledge, leadership, evil, friendship and civilisation. Read the questions below and test your knowledge of the themes of Lord of the Flies.