|Lord of the Flies - Essay topic 1
1) Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs describes how a the functioning of a group depends on meeting basic needs first..
Choose a specific and significant character in the book (it would be easiest to use Ralph or Jack). Then, looking at each third of the book – beginning, middle and end – describe which brain they are using and whether they are in the right brain at the right time.
Have your thesis assert where you think the line between acceptable and unacceptable pranks are.
Have three body paragraphs:
1) Which level are the kids at during the beginning of the story
2) Which level are the kids at during the middle of the story
3) Which level are the kids at during the end of the story
Each time you make a claim for each paragraph, use evidence from the book to back up your assertion.
Lord of the Flies - Essay topic 2
2) Listen again to the This American Life episode, “The Cruelty of Children”, the part called “Act Three. Human Nature, The View from Kindergarten”. In it a kindergarten teacher addresses cruelty in her classroom by making a new rule, ‘You can’t say, “You can’t play”’. Take notes on specific details you might use in your essay.
Compare and contrast the success of the of the rules of the island and the class. What are the rules and why do they choose them? How successful are each at first? How are they successful over time?
Have your thesis assert why the Kindergarten experiment is more successful than the boys attempts.
Organize your body paragraphs:
1) Kindergarten rules and reasons,
2) LOTF rules and reasons,
3) Kindergarten results,
4) LOTF results.
Include multiple specific events for each paragraph to make your point.
Use an conclusion paragraph to suggest how you might have handled the situation.
Lord of the Flies - Essay topic 3
3) We’ve read about Freud’s theory of our three part psyche – id, ego, and superego. Print out and take notes on details about the theory you might include in the essay.
Choose a character to analyze in depth – Jack, Ralph, or Piggy. How is each of their ego’s influenced by their superego and id? How do these influences change from the beginning, to middle, to end of the book? How do they compare to or influence the others on the island?
Your thesis should make a specific claim about how the character’s psyche changes over the course of the book.
Organize your body paragraphs around the changes over the three stages of the book:
Use specific events as evidence to prove your claim.
Or you might analyze how different characters symbolize different parts of Freud’s theory.
Use a fourth paragraph to compare to another character. Or compare them to how you might have responded to the situation.
Lord of the Flies - Essay topic 4
4) Download and take notes on the Triune Brain Theory. The theory outlines the uses of our three different and important brains. Highlight specific terms your can use in your essay.
Sometimes we are in the right brain at the right time; sometimes we are in the wrong brain at the wrong time. At what points of the book are the boys in Brain1/2 when they should? When are they in Brain 1 /2 when they shouldn’t be? When are they in Brain 3 when they should? When are they in Brain 3 when they should be in Brain 1 or 2?
Your thesis should state how successful your character is in staying in the right brain at the right time over the course of the book.
Outline your body paragraphs around the four ideas previously mentioned:
1) in Brain 1/ 2 when they should,
2) in Brain 3 when they should,
3) in Brain 1 / 2 when they shouldn’t,
4) in Brain 3 when they shouldn’t.
Or instead you could choose two characters to compare/contrast – Jack, Ralph, or Piggy. When is the first character in the right brain at the right time? When are they not? Then write two paragraphs with specifics about the other characters.
You could use additional paragraphs to detail similar times in your life.