The Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

.. age 1 – “The three boys walked briskly on the sand. The tide was low and there was a strip of weed-strewn beach that was almost as firm as a road. A kind of glamour was spread over them and the scene and they were conscious of the glamour and made happy by it. They turned to each other, laughing excitedly, talking, not listening.

The air was bright. Ralph, forced by the task of translating all this into an explanation, stood on his head and fell over. When they had done laughing, Simon stroked Ralphs arm shyly; and they had to laugh again.” (pg. 25) Passage 2 – “When youre done laughing, perhaps we can get on with the meeting. And if them littluns climb back on the twister again, theyll only fall off in a sec. So they might as well sit on the ground and listen.

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no. You have doctors for everything, even the inside of your mind. You dont really mean that we got to be frightened all the time of nothing? Life,” said Piggy expansively, “is scientific, thats what it is. In a year or two when the wars over theyll be traveling to Mars and back. I know there isnt no beast – not with claws and all that, I mean – but I know there isnt no fear, either.” (pg.

84) Passage 3 – “Ralph looked at him dumbly. For a moment he had a fleeting picture of the strange glamour that had once invested the beaches. But the island was scorched up like dead wood – Simon was dead – and Jack had… The tears began to flow and sobs shook him. He gave himself up to them now for the first time on the island; great, shuddering spasms of grief that seemed to wrench his whole body. His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too.

And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.” (pg. 202) Goldings writes in a simple neutral style. His language is not complicated or flowery. At the same time, it is not too informal. He uses a lot of imagery as can be seen in his description of the “weed-strewn beach” that was “as firm as a road” in passage one. The dialogue in passage two is not at all flowery and sounds like typical speech for a 12 year old, except that Piggy seems to show an amount of wisdom greater than your typical 12 year old.

Passage 3 is written clearly and nicely shows emotion while still narrating in an neutral tone without too much involvement from the narrator. 9. Syntax Most of the sentences in The Lord of the Flies are simple. There are sentences that are complex and the occasional compound sentence. Most characters speak simply and clearly.

Often, they speak fragments and string together fragments and ramble suck as in passage 2. All the speech is written as if it were speech. The first passage contain mostly simple sentences. One example of a compound sentence is, “when they had done laughing, Simon stroked Ralphs arm shyly; and they had to laugh again.” The second passage contains both simple and complex sentences. In this passage, the speech is somewhat rambling and contains several fragments.

However, this sort of speech conveys the idea that Piggy was thinking while he was speaking. The third passage contains mostly simple and complex sentences. The writing style here gives the feeling of desperation and loss of hope. The reader feels how Ralph feels and understands what he understands about the “loss of innocence.” 10. Imagery Golding frequently uses imagery to describe the scenery and the setting. A good example occurs in the first passage where Goldings writes, “there was a strip of weed-strewn beach that was almost as firm as a road.

A kind of glamour was spread over them and the scene and they were conscious of the glamour and made happy by it.” 11. Symbolism Golding uses a lot of symbolism in The Lord of the Flies. The entire book is symbolic of the nature of man and society in general as the island becomes a society metaphorical to society as a whole and the hunt at the end of the book symbolic of the war. A symbol Golding uses throughout the book is the conch. It represents authority and order.

The person holding the conch had the power, and it created order and rules since when it was called, everyone had to listen. Another symbol is Piggys glasses. It symbolized knowledge and insight. While Piggy had them, he was able to give advice to the group, such as that of the signal fire. It was the glasses that created the fire.

However, after the glasses are broken, the group loses what insight they had. The war paint is also a symbol. It symbolized the rejection of society. In a way, when they put on the mask of war paint, they took off the mask of society and revealed their true inner selves which was savage. 12.

Figurative Language Personification – Golding uses little personification in this book. He does use it, however, during the conversation between the dead pig head and Simon. The head is personified and given able to speak to Simon. Although it is dead, it is proud and defiant in its speech. Simile – Golding occasionally uses simile.

One occasion occurs in the first passage when Golding compares the sand with a road saying, “there was a strip of weed-strewn beach that was almost as firm as a road.” Metaphor – Golding often uses metaphor in this book. In fact, all symbolism is a type of metaphor since they compare two unlike things. Other metaphors in the book was when Golding described the choir boy at the beginning of the book as a dark creature crawling along the sand. Allusion – Golding has several allusions in the book. The title itself is an allusion to the Bible since “The Lord of the Flies” was a title given to Beelzebub. Simons name in the book is also an allusion to the disciple Simon Peter. 13.

Ironic Devices There are several cases of irony in this book. Usually, the meaning is straightforward. However, I did find a case of verbal irony. That case is when Ralph and Piggy are discussing Simons death. Ralph says, “I wasnt scared. I was – I dont know what I was.” 14.

Tone Goldings tone is that of a lecturer. Through his book he tries to teach us and warn us about our own evil. This tone is carried through the novel. The tone is maintain more through the events and the characters in the story than by syntax or writing style. An example is the discovery of the parachutist.

The writing style at this part remained just as neutral as the rest of the book, but the event of finding the parachutist as the beast teaches us that it is not some mystical monster we have to be worried about but ourselves. 15. Memorable quotes “I ought to be chief, said Jack with simple arrogance, because Im chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.” This shows the early signs of the tension between Jack and Ralph, and it also shows Jacks pride. “Ralph stirred uneasily.

Simon, sitting between the twins and Piggy, wiped his mouth and shoved his piece of meat over the rocks to Piggy, who grabbed it. The twins giggled and Simon lowered his face in shame.” This quote shows that Simon is kind and sincere. “Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Bash her in.” These expresses the increasing intensity of the boys savagery.

“It was dark. there was that — that bloody dance. There was lightning and thunder and rain. We was scared!” This describes how the boys have gone beyond the point of fun and games. They are no longer boys playing on the island but a bunch of savages.

16. Additional Comments and Analysis I greatly enjoyed this book. The story without the symbolism was intricate and emotional. Golding does a good job showing the emotional states of Ralph and Jack. We can see Ralph gradually losing hope and understanding the evil, and we can see Jack become power hungry and savage.

The murders add a nice touch to the story since they are both dramatic and moving. The symbolism add another level to the enjoyment of the story since I can compare the ideas developed in the story to my own life and my own beliefs.