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At the end of Chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies, Golding uses two devices to allow the true nature of Jack, Ralph and Simon to be revealed.

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End of chapter 1 analysis At the end of Chapter 1 of Lord of the Flies, Golding uses two devices to allow the true nature of Jack, Ralph and Simon to be revealed. The first of these devices is the candle buds. It is significant that Simon speaks first about the bushes as he is the one out of the three who most appreciates nature. Golding has him mention the candle buds in three short consecutive sentences before any of the others say anything. Golding uses the number three numerous times in this scene, both in the language and for actual things in the play such as the fact that there are three boys. ...read more.

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Ralph is portrayed as being very sensible in the scene, he is thinking about long term requirements while Jack "contemptuously" dismisses the buds, only caring about his appetite, "we can't eat them". The main focus of the scene is the piglet caught in the creepers, and what effect it has on the boys. Immediately after encountering the piglet, Jack is keen to show off his experience and draws his knife "with a flourish", demonstrating his skill and showing off to the others. However Golding has Jack pause before striking the pig and emphasises the importance of the pause to a great extent. He uses repeats the word 'pause' several times, building up the tension as the reader waits for Jack to stab the pig. ...read more.

Conclusion

Golding emphasises the "enormity" of the knife and how monumental an event it would have been if Jack had "cut into living flesh". It would break the taboos which currently confine the boys and is often considered the act which signifies the transition from childhood to adulthood. "Next time-!" While Jack doesn't finish, the sentence with words, he instead uses the all important knife by "snatching" it from its sheath and "slamming" it into a tree. Golding's use of language makes this gesture very dramatic, before returning the boys into the sunlight, where all is good. Neither Simon nor Ralph is significantly featured in this second part of the scene which allows the reader to more closely focus on the advancement of Jack's character. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thomas Aird ...read more.

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