The Application of Frye’s Theory to Lord of the Flies



Frye’s theory of archetypal meaning includes the apocalyptic and the demonic imagery. The apocalyptic and demonic imagery will be applied to William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, which is stuffed with symbols. Through the demonic imagery, the theme of the novel, people naturally revert to cruelty, savagery and barbarism is clearly revealed. The apocalyptic imagery gives us some hope, though.


Frye’s theory; Symbols; The demonic imagery; The Apocalyptic imagery

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Chris, B. (1991). Oxford concise dictionary of literary terms. London: Oxford University Press.

Frye, N. (1971). Anatomy of ccriticism. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Golding, W. (1957). Lord of the flies. New York, NY: G.P.PUTNAM’S SONS.



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