Essay titles aren't necessarily supposed to be clever, they're just supposed to tell the reader what your essay is going to be about. Surrounded in Guilt makes me think your essay is about the psychology of guilt in...I dunno, something. It should be "Surrounded in Guilt: The Loss of Innocence in William Golding's The Lord of the Flies." Now that is a proper essay title, I promise. Otherwise, you could do something like, "Very short quote from book: The Loss of Innocence in The Lord of the Flies," for example, "'They Used to Call Me Piggy': The Loss of Innocence in William Golding's The Lord of the Flies" or "'It's Come..It's Real!': The Loss of Innocence in William Golding's The Lord of the Flies," but it's much better to do this sort of title with a curt quotation that you actually talk about in the essay.
Source(s): Eng. Lit Major - Titles absolutely do matter, any paper I were to write with a random title that doesn't match the content would be marked down.
Jess · 5 years ago
Summary: The title of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" can be interpreted both literally and symbolically. The title can reflect the flies who "worshipped" the pig's head and as Satan lording over Jack's tribe that gave into the dark side of human nature.
At the literal level, it is simply referring to how the flies worshipped the pig's head in a way. The flies surrounded the skull and ate the meat. Jack Merridew cut off the head of a prime pig that his tribe had hunted. This was placed on a stick as a gift for the beast. Jack explains on page 137, "The head is for the beast. It's a gift." He did this in hopes that the "beast" wouldn't harm them if he gave it food.
A different to interpreting the title...
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