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Comparative essay- The Black Cottage/ Final Chapter of The Lord of The Flies

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Peter Dobson Comparative essay- The Black Cottage/ Final Chapter of The Lord of The Flies Cry of the Hunters, the final chapter of The Lord of The Flies by William Golding and The Black Cottage written by Wilkie Collins are two greatly contrasting accounts if the characters, setting and the qualities of the protagonists are looked at. But when the techniques that both writers use to create an intense feeling of fear and suspense are examined, it is clear that the work of both writers is similar, although nearly a century spans between the publications. There are many elements required to create a suspense story, and both Golding and Collins use these and many linguistic devices in their stories. These elements include the descriptions of characters, a balanced mixture of simple and complex sentences, and a gripping unpredictable story line. ...read more.


She is extremely tenacious, unlike Ralph who thinks to himself as he is running through the forest: 'If only one had time to think.' Golding's use of this subconscious soliloquy shows that Ralph is panicking and is scared. Bessie, however, seems extremely calm and relaxed, and is able to make clever decisions about resolving her situation. Deprivation of senses is a key element in both stories, which both writers capture well, notably Golding when he describes the tribe's attack on Ralph as he shelters in the thicket. Throughout the savage's brutal attack, Golding does not describe the fall of the red rock visually, instead he only writes about Ralph hearing what is happening. This detriment of Ralph's vision adds a great amount of tension because Ralph, and the reader, are both unaware of the events that are taking place outside his burrow. ...read more.


Both writers disguise the actions of the assailants very discreetly, and the feeling of not knowing what is happening can increase the level of tension greatly. When Ralph is concealed in the thicket, cheering can be heard emulating from the top of Castle rock. Although the book doesn't directly say so, the tribe seem to think that they have the upper hand, but the reason for this is unknown until the rock is released from the top of the mountain. The same happens in The Black Cottage, when 'sniggering' and laughing can be heard from outside the cottage. Another key element that Golding uses is the semantic field of frightened animal imagery. Ralph is said to have 'shied like a horse' and is described as 'leaping like a cat,' which increases the already present feeling of desperation, and magnifies the concept of Ralph being hunted by predatory savages. ...read more.

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