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Write a careful comparison of two passages: show how Edmund Talbot's 'rite of passage' develops in the first half of the text.

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Write a careful comparison of two passages: show how Edmund Talbot's 'rite of passage' develops in the first half of the text. In William Golding's Rites of Passage we are taken on an adventure told through the journal of the young aristocrat, Edmund Talbot and by a wretched parson, Robert James Colly. Not only does Edmund go on a journey to Australia for the first time but goes through a 'rite of passage' himself, along the way. On the first day of the journey when Edmund arrives into his confined, new environment, he is quite unaware of what life is going to be like on a ship. He is very arrogant in the way that he demands to see the captain as soon as the atmosphere of the ship doesn't suite his liking. "Lord Sir!" said he. (Wheeler) "You'll soon get used to that!" "I do not wish to get used to it! Where is the captain of this vessel?" page 5 Edmund steps onto the ship, he is quick to criticise his surroundings showing he is rather na�ve, he does not consider what something ...read more.


We sort of get the idea that he himself wants to learn, because he tells his Lordship, whom he is writing to, that he is keen to know Tarpaulin. "I also intend to please your lordship with some choice bits of Tarpaulin language for I begin, haltingly it is true, to speak tarpaulin..." A major turning point for Edmund is a passage toward the end of the first half of the novel on day 60 where he talks to Anderson, looks back two months and realizes that he was arrogant and foolish. Edmund says "The difference had been in my mind and I did, in a way I now fear he may have found offensive, discuss the desirability of men being elevated above their first station in life. It was thoughtless of me..." He tells Anderson that he is a gentleman and from what he had learnt so far from his journey he believes that one person can change class yet he knows himself that he would not have said this two months ago. ...read more.


And again when he sees Colly's 'fall' as It were, when the parson merges on deck drunk and then locks himself away for days leaves opportunity for Edmund to consider him and maybe change his mind about him. Nevertheless, it can be agreed that there is obvious change apparent in Mr Talbot attitude, he has never been out of his small community back home and is quite inexperienced in his thinking. He sees the ship as a small society which has its upper and lower classes. This is evident from how he uses Colly for his entertainment just as he uses Wheeler for his every need. At the end of the first half on day 60 at the peck, I think, of Edmunds development where his opinion of Anderson differs from in previous occasions. He and some of the crew see that Anderson must have been awful to the parson because of his power on the ship and Edmund feels warmth that Summers has belief in his ability and confident appeal to a sense of justice. And he no longer sees himself as important but just wants Summers to think he is a good man. Gemma Varley ...read more.

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