‘The Scorpion God’

Death, and its aftermath, is perhaps the key theme in ‘The Scorpion God’. Golding had a lifelong fascination with Ancient Egypt, and in particular, the Ancient Egyptians’ view on death. The Pharaoh, who has failed in his God-like tasks, is told that it is time for a ‘beginning’, meaning the start of his immortality in the afterlife. His servants have to poison themselves and join him in the tomb, although his favourite, the Liar, refuses.  In this story, death is not seen as an end – life itself is merely the prelude.