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Author: William Golding

Year Published: 1954

Type: Novel

Genre: Allegory

Perspective and Narrator:

Lord of the Flies is told from a third-person limited point of view. Ralph is the protagonist, and the narrator focuses primarily on his point of view.


Lord of the Flies is told in the past tense.

About the Title:

The title, Lord of the Flies, refers to a pig's head mounted on a stick by Jack and his band of hunters; it comes to symbolize the potential for evil that resides inside each person.


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