Lord of the Flies [Novel & Movie]

17 04 2008

Lord of the FliesStranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery.

William Golding’s Lord of the Flies preceded and informed many of the concepts that we’ve seen in Lost, Cast Away, and even Survivor.  The tale’s exploration of the patterns and phases that a group of previously ‘civilized’ boys go through after being stranded on an island speaks to ancient patterns of tribalism, fear and superstition that are sometimes difficult to explain in the classroom.  On other levels, there’s material to discuss organizational structures, hierarchy, values, and even extremely ‘close to home’ issues such as bullying.





Dead Poets Society [Movie]

17 04 2008

Dead Poets SocietyEnglish professor John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day. Starring Robin Williams.

Dead Poets Society is an inspiration for both teachers and students, and it speaks those who wish to go beyond mere formulaic notions of art and achievement. The film commences with an exploration of classics, and then follows its characters as they experiment with individual expression.