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This 36"x24" full-color poster contains the full text of William Golding's Nobel Prize banquet speech for Lord of the Flies.
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY IMPLEMENTATION
Students will read William Golding’s Nobel Prize Speech and discuss it afterward. We suggest the teacher ask the students to make a list of interesting ideas Golding says; then talk about them as a group.
Your Majesties, your Royal Highnesses, your Excellencies, Fellow Laureates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I came to Sweden characterized as a pessimist, though I am an optimist. Now something - perhaps the wonderful warmth of your hospitality - has changed me into a comic. That is a hard position to sustain. It reminds me of days long ago when as a poor teacher I would take turn about during the night with my wife, getting our infant daughter to sleep. I remember once, how at three o'clock in the morning when I began to creep away from the cradle with its sleeping child, she opened her eyes and remarked: "Daddy, say something funny".
However, the moment has come for me to put off the jester's cap and bells.
I do thank Sweden for its wonderfully warm hospitality and I do thank the Nobel Foundation and the Swedish Academy for the welcome and unexpected way in which they have, so to speak, struck me with lightning. I only wish all borders were as easy to cross and all international exchanges as friendly.
I have been in many countries and I have found there people examining their own love of life, sense of peril, their own common sense. The one thing they cannot understand is why that same love of life, sense of peril and above all common sense, is not invariably shared among their leaders and rulers.
Then let me use what I suppose is my last minute of worldwide attention to speak not as one of a nation but as one of mankind. I use it to reach all men and women of power. Go back. Step back now. Agreement between you does not need cleverness, elaboration, manoeuvres. It needs common sense, and above all, a daring generosity. Give, give, give!
It would succeed because it would meet with worldwide relief, acclaim and rejoicing: and unborn generations will bless your name.
TO PRINT: I have had great success printing quality posters with the tech center at my district's office. I have also used Kinko's and other print shops. Simply take this digital file on a flash disk and transfer the file to them (or submit via email). Specify the print dimensions you would like (nothing larger than 36"x24" or it could get grainy). Then I've laminated the posters at my school and at a local teacher supply store.
I've had these kinds of posters for years and they still look great. They're so helpful to add color and thought to your classroom environment.
TEXT: LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
LEVEL: 8th - 12th
COMMON CORE: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.10
Enjoy! And may the conch be with you.
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