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A Critical Analysis on the Writing style of William Golding.

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A Critical Analysis on the Writing style of William Golding In 1983, William Golding received the Nobel Prize for his outstanding contribution to literature. His peculiar writing style, coupled with his contemptible outlook on human nature, has influenced writers around the world. After observing the atrocities of war in the Second World War, fighting for the British, he came to believe that no man is born innocent. This writing style is best portrayed in his most well-known novel, The Lord of the Flies. He uses a dominantly third-person omniscient point of view, and a realistic method of presentation, practically placing the reader at the scene of the action through lifelike situations and clever wording. ...read more.

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"The three boys sat down. They had a great mass of fruit with them and all of it properly ripe. They grinned at Ralph as he took some and began to eat" (132). This point of view allows him to freely speak through whichever character he chooses. Rather than forcing impressions on the reader, Golding presents the facts to the reader, allowing the reader to form their own impressions. Golding primarily speaks through the character of Ralph, but sometimes follows another character. Rather than forcing impressions on the reader, Golding presents the facts to the reader, allowing the reader to form their own impressions. Golding tends to switch to third person limited at the end of the novel, drawing the reader closer into the thoughts of the character. ...read more.

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"The beast moved to - that was awful. It kind of sat up - The fire was bright - We'd just made it up - more sticks on - there were eyes - teeth - claws" (100). He frequently uses dashes to create shorter sentences, and commas to elongate thoughts. The Lord of the Flies owes much of its success to the clever writing style of its author. Not only does William Golding employ the use of a certain point of view, third person omniscient, he uses interpretations on human nature to realistically present crucial situations to the reader. He uses several literary devices, such as imagery and sentence syntax, which stand out in many of his novels and help convey his feelings to the reader. These combined aspects make The Lord of the Flies a masterpiece. ...read more.

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