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Modern Myth: An Archetypal Study on Lord of the Flies of William Golding

Rongrong Guo


Lord of the Flies is considered to be the masterpiece of British novelist William Golding who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his plentiful archetypes and his mythology of the darkness of human nature. Based on the mythological and archetypal theories of James G. Frazer and Carl G. Jung, this essay attempts to discover the archetypes in Lord of the Flies and interpret the settings, characters, images of the novel based on the western Christian culture and ancient Greek and Roman mythology.


Lord of the Flies; Archetypal Settings; Archetypal Characters; Archetypal images

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v5i9.4028