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C1/C2 TED TALKS: Why should you read The Lord of the Flies by William Golding?

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The video highly recommends reading William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. I haven’t met many people that have read this novel, which is a pity because it’s a real ‘food-for-thought’ and makes one ponder on issues such as the human condition and the feature of ‘humanity’. I you happen to be among those that gave it a read, I’d love to know your opinion.

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C1 LISTENING TEDTalks Why Should you Read the ' Lord of the Flies' by William Golding?

You are going to watch a video from TED Talks. Complete the sentences with the word(s) you hear.

Video from TED Talks

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  1. Golding's most famous novel was inspired by his musings on the _________ of violence.

2. The novel first saw light in _______ after being rejected by 21 publishers.

3. Lord of the Flies satirizes a popular ______and uses elements from a  novel called Coral Island.

4. At the opening of the novel, the characters are on an island, where some conversational clues point that their plane had been __________during  a nuclear war.

5. Even though the Boys had landed on an ideal island, from the beginning of the novel, there is a _________ darkeness that hangs over the peaceful situation.

6. A rivalry between two boys, Ralph and Jack, _________ the group of children.

7. The novel became a  classic due to its exploration of the universal themes of _______, _________and society.

8. Golding's novel is also different to other island adventure stories in his representation of the English schoolboys as _______ caricatures.

9. Although Golding's view may seem grim to many, it is unsettling enough to challenge even the most________optimist.

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