Lord of the Flies

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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

High Modernism

High Modernism is a catch-all phrase used for the literature written in the period after World War I and into the Second World War and the Cold War.-overall change of tone, style, and point of view-people (authors) had been effected by the war and this showed in their writing-generally intensified ambition within the arts.(Burke)


Characteristics of High Modernism

While Lord of the Flies was actually written after WWII, the book itself was written on the idea of High Modernism. It was based during the Cold War. (This is known because there was a mention of a bombing prior to the plane crash that left the boys stranded on the island.) The new experimentation that Golding used in this novel was through the comments he made on human society. He wrote about how people would generally do cruel things in order to better their chance of survival. Under certain circumstance, people would begin to lose sanity and do things that they usually would not do to benefit themselves.

Historical Impact

During the High Modernist movement, there was in increased desire for artists of all kinds to experiment more with their work. A community of visual artists (Wassily Kandinsky- painting, Le Corbusier-architecture, and Henri Gaudier- sculpture), film-makers (Sergei Einsentein, Fritz Lang), acting (Igor Stravinsky), and of course other authors, began to create masterpeices in ways that had never been tried before. This movement was very inspirational as artists of all kinds fed off of eachothers creativity. (Rank)


Loss of innocence

Mastering nature to meet human needs

Rules and Order

Connection to High Modernism

Movie Trailer

High modernism is the idea of "grand theory" where an artist (specifically an author in this case) would try and lump together large ideas of science and history. They used their work to try and explain everything.

Marcel Proust(In Search of Lost Time),James Joyce(Dubliners), Virginia Woolf,(To the Lighthouse), and William Faulkner,(As I Lay Dying.)(Rank)

Post Modernists rejected the idea of "grand theory." They did not refer to society or groups of people as a whole, but rather recognized indivuals. Characteristics of groups were subject to change.

Other Authors from the High Modernist Movement

High Modernism vs. Post Modernism(Irvine)


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