Socratic Seminar Questions: Lord Of The Flies

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Night Socratic Seminar Questions
During our reading of Lord of the Flies, we asked the question: Are humans innately evil? In an interview, Golding stated, “Lord of the Flies was simply what it seemed sensible for me to write after the war, when everybody was thanking God they weren’t Nazis. And I’d seen enough and thought enough to realize that every single one of us could be Nazis.” After reading about the atrocities committed by Nazi soldiers, individuals are likely to feel deeply insulted by Golding’s claim. Now within the context of Night, do you agree or disagree with Golding’s statement? Provide evidence from Night to support your position.

No, humans are not innately evil because most of the time someone has a reason to do something
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“My head was buzzing; the same thought surfacing over and over: not to be separated from my father.” (p.35) Elie keeps on thinking about losing his father and that he never wants to ever lose his father. “At about noon, we were brought some soup, one bowl of think soup for each of us. I was terribly hungry, yet I refused to touch it. I was still the spoiled child of long ago. My father swallowed my ration.” (p.42) This quote explains that Elie was very hungry but since he was still that spoiled boy he was he didn’t eat the soup and his father ate his whole ration. “My father’s presence was the only thing that stopped me. He was running next to me, out of breath, out of strength, desperate. I had no right to let myself die. What would he do without me? I was his sole support.” (p.87) This quote means that Elie was in pain and felt like he couldn’t last much longer but he couldn’t leave his father all alone with nothing to live …show more content…
Choose a position and give evidence from the novel to support it.

I think that they should not revolt back against the Nazi’s because if they did they would most likely die or be extremely tortured. Also if they did revolted the holocaust could of ended even worse than it already was“The Kapos were beating us again, but I no longer felt the pain. A glacial wind was enveloping us. We were naked, holding our shoes and belts.” (p.36) The Kapos were beating the prisoners but Elie was beaten hard enough to the point where he didn’t feel any pain.

Choose and discuss a topic that all three of the following texts have in common: Night, the Corrie ten Boom extract, and the Viktor Frankl extract. How does each author treat this specific topic? Consider similarities, differences, and themes. (Possible topics to consider: Memory, forgiveness, human will/attitude, etc.)

In the book Night, Elie Wiesel sorted out light bulbs and other items while Viktor Frankl had to dig ditches. Corrie ten Boom, Elie Wiesel, and Viktor Frankl all believed in God but during the book Night Elie lost a little bit of faith in god, while Corrie and Viktor still kept on believing that God will come

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