Archetypes in Lord of the Flies


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What does an archetype describe?

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1. In Lord of the Flies, which main character is associated with the martyr or Christ archetype?

2. In Lord of the Flies what two characters serve as mentors to Ralph?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In Lord of the Flies, a group of young British boys find themselves marooned on a deserted island following a plane crash. These questions will focus on archetypes associated with the novel's characters.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test your comprehension of the following archetypes:

  • Heroic quest
  • Mother/caregiver
  • Martyr/Christ

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding martyr archetypes
  • Distinguishing differences - understand the various archetypes and know how to tell them apart
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of archetypes to understand the roles that the boys play in Lord of the Flies

Additional Learning

To learn more about this concept, check out the accompanying lesson titled Archetypes in Lord of the Flies. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explore the use of the literary device in other famous works
  • Identify the story's hero and study his quest
  • Examine the importance of Jack and his relationship with Ralph