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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Essay
Set Text. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Your teacher has asked you to write an essay based on the following topic.

What aspects of the novel,
Lord of the Flies
, did you find the most troubling?

Write the essay. (220-260 words)

What you need to include to pass
Click here for our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.

Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:

  • In an essay you're expected to develop an argument or discuss the issues surrounding a topic. The question above asks you for your opinion, so you must choose the events that you found the most troubling, and explain why. Make a note of them, as in the following examples, choosing three at most:
    - When Ralph rejects 'Piggy's' plea not to call him by that nickname... troubling because we see at an early stage of the book how one child can taunt another in their desire to gain the upper hand
    - When Jack's gang begin to paint their faces... troubling because we see their descent into savage behaviour and blood-thirsting killing of pigs
    - When Simon is killed by Jack's mob as part of a primal dance... troubling because Ralph and Piggy were present too, yet convince themselves they played no part
  • Use a dictionary and thesaurus to find some alternative words or phrases that mean the same as 'troubling'. This will add variety to your writing:
    e.g. concerning, upsetting, distressing, disturbing, unnerving, worrying
  • Can you remember the details of the events and the characters' names? You may have to check your copy of the book to make sure the details are correct. (Note the following characters in particular: Ralph, Piggy, Jack, Simon and Roger. They are central to the book.) Check spellings of names and places in particular.
  • How are you going to organise your essay? You could use a separate paragraph for each of the aspects you choose.

Drafting and proofreading your work
You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:

  • Have you answered all aspects of the question?

  • Is the layout and organisation appropriate?

  • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?

  • Is the style appropriate and consistent?

  • Will it have a positive effect on the reader?

If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!