William Golding and Bram Stoker – Conceptual Core and Glossing Windows (EVOLI)


  • A.C. Parlog West University of Timisoara, Romania
  • M.M. Crisan West University of Timisoara, Romania




Lord of the Flies, Dracula, blood, teaching, EVOLI


As Carol Senf suggests (“Dracula: The Unseen Face in the Mirror” 1979), one of the greatest dangers which Bram Stoker’s characters have to face is the evil inside them. This theme was developed in different ways in 20th century British literature. An interpretation of the background, setting and story in William Golding's Lord of the Flies can be very useful for the understanding of the darkness of one's soul and the way in which people can dread human nature. The digital tool EVOLI offers a chance for teachers and students alike to teach and learn about Lord of the Flies by transgressing the borders of language and turning affected spirituality into a reason for analysing the depths of cultural codifications. The elements connected to the novel are taken into account using various views on methodological hermeneutics so that meanings may be made transparent and the message of the author can be rendered without any bias. The importance of this approach is shown by students’ feedback to this kind of a perspective on a theme of evilness, terror and death. The presence of a Beast in the midst of the action and of an overall Beelzebub influencing all characters helps one create a scale of human corruption which determines a gradation of the connotations of what haunting is.