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Explain how Hill and Golding present death in "I'm the King of the Castle" and "Lord of the Flies"?

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked Explain how Hill and Golding present death in I?m the King of the Castle and Lord of the Flies respectively? Hill and Golding both utilise the techniques of symbolism, varied settings and physical death of the character to present death. Overall I think that Hill generally presents death more effectively than Golding, because she generally provides more development throughout her novel, which ultimately leads to the death of Kingshaw. Hill and Golding both use the techniques of symbolism dead stating that ?the inside of its mouth was scarlet? with the adjective ?scarlet? interesting as it has connotations of death and of blood. I think this description of the crow is also a subtle form of prolepsis as the crow is initially portrayed as a normal crow, but as Hill describes the crow further; it is evidently a symbol of death, much like Warings. What is interesting to note about the crow is that it is also described as having ?ragged black wings?- the word ragged could symbolise the aftermath of violence, much like Kingshaw?s exposure to violence later on in the novel and the adjective black is a symbol of death. ...read more.

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The authors also differ as Hills descriptions are far more graphical, for example the crow, whereas Golding is far more subtle in his description of The Lord of the Flies. I believe that Hills graphic description is more effective at portraying death, her descriptions are far more explicit but some readers may argue this to be a disadvantage as her symbols are too clichéd. I think Golding is not as effective because his descriptions are a little more implicit, and hence loses some of the value that his symbol provides in portraying death. Another way in which Hill shows death is through the use of settings. Warings is described as “being in full night” with “the yew branches […] overhanging the windows”. Hills typical gothic description to a modern reader is a clear signal of death, especially the Yew branches which also symbolise death. The “moonlight” suggests a sense of coldness in Warings, like a dead person for example. ...read more.

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It was evident from the start of the book, that Kingshaw?s death loomed, however the death signifies the death of the protagonist and victory for the antagonist. This is arguably the death of ?innocence?. This is comparable to Golding?s portrayal of Piggy?s death, describing Piggy?s moments before his death: ?he heard it before he saw it?- the verb heard suggests once again Piggy?s death always loomed, rather like Kingshaw?s. Unlike the death of Kingshaw however, Piggy?s death signals the death of rational, not innocence. I think that Hill has been more effective at portraying death because her description of Kingshaw creates far more emotion rather than the death of Piggy, Golding?s descriptions are too dull. In summary both authors portray death through the use symbolism, settings and physical death. I think that portrayal of death is very effective, especially Hills description. Hill develops her characters throughout her novel, and when Kingshaw dies it is a genuine shock to the reader. Because of Golding?s lack of development, Piggy?s death is not as emotional as Kingshaw?s. ...read more.

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