• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore the ways in which William Golding establishes the setting of the novel in Chapter 1 of " Lord of the flies".

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explore the ways in which William Golding establishes the setting of the novel in Chapter 1 of " Lord of the flies" In establishing the setting of the novel, the author focuses upon the geographical elements of the island together with dialogue between the various characters, which reveals events and details about the setting of the story. With regards to the geographical setting, after analysing the chapter in thorough detail, it is clear that Golding uses effective language throughout the chapter to describe the island as an apparent paradise. He emphasizes the fact that one character in particular seems to relate to the situation as if it were his childhood dream" the fair boy said this solemnly; but then the delight of a realised ambition overcame him." The language, in which the author continuously uses in descriptions of the island, suggests the sense of paradise, "it was clear to the bottom and bright with the efflorescence of tropical weed and coral, a school of tiny flickering fish flicked hither and thither. He further substantiates upon this with a reaction of a character "Ralph spoke to himself, sounding the bass strings of delight." ...read more.

Middle

The sound of the conch over the island, attracting every child to one place could be described as ominous, however, the sound of the conch alone demonstrates a sinister atmosphere. The main way in which Golding puts across the sinister feeling is by referring to darkness "within the diamond haze of the beach something dark was fumbling along." Giving an unpleasant image and a eerie feeling. The very last page of the chapter reflects the most sinister part of the chapter, this being when they find a pig. They are at the beginnings of thick forest when "they heard the noises - squeakings - and the hard strike hoofs on a path." Once they find the pig the author relates to it as it being " caught on the curtains of creepers, throwing itself at the elastic traces in all the madness of extreme terror." this gives a sinister, scary feeling and a sense of the unknown. This idea, in which the author has included, puts across this feeling to the reader to capture the interest and ensure that they are feeling the sinister emotion as well as the paradise side of the island. ...read more.

Conclusion

He then goes onto say " I saw the other part of the plane. There were flames coming out of it" Piggy also reveals that there was a storm and this may be the way in which the plane suddenly disappeared- through the storm dragging it out to sea. The author may have wanted to slowly reveal the main events through dialogue to create atmosphere, suspense and reality to the situation or to demonstrate how the characters feel about the situation. These all being valid and perfectly understandable reasons for the effects of revelation through dialogue to the reader. In conclusion after fully analysing the text of chapter one and considering the chronological and geographical aspects, it is clear that the author has effectively opened the novel with a clear image of all areas of the setting through different ways. These being the dialogue, a contrast of a paradise island to a more sinister side, along with the language which has been successfully used to create an incredibly clear image in which the reader can use to understand the novel in a more enhanced manner. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. How does William Golding use language in his description of the island and the ...

    gun", this simile produces the image of a battle beginning to start. Golding has used it to create the sense that the fight for the boys' own lives has just begun, which reflects what later happens in Chapter 9. Chapter 9 begins with a paragraph describing the situation of the island.

  2. Exploring ways in which William Golding establishes the setting The Lord of the Flies ...

    When they reach the water Golding describes the palm trees as, ' green feathers a hundred feet up in the air' the 'Shimmering water' and 'Blues of all shades and shadowy green and purple' but ' with' the Darkness of the Forest' behind, contrasting the good of the water, palm

  1. One Bright Light

    he was raiding red now, but he felt so good, better than ever before, for a long time, but the question now was, did they remember? Was it possible to forget something that big? ***** The so joyful mayor, in his late fifties and enormously fat, stood up on the

  2. Both Golding and Dickens have concerns for the moral welfare of their societies. What ...

    For example when Ralph is speaking to Piggy he looks down on him "I could swim when I was five. Daddy taught me. He's a commander in the Navy. When he gets leave he'll come and rescue us. Piggy's reason cannot control the boys, his belief that science can explain

  1. A study of how the narative stance of The Inheritors by William Golding has ...

    As readers however, we must use our own reasoning powers to recognise the presence of the 'New People', and this becomes increasingly clear as more evidence accumulates; the smoke which distressed Lok could not have been made without fire, and the disappearance of Ha was not an accident.

  2. A media study comparing two cinematic interpretations of Golding's Lord of the Flies: the ...

    Another advantage to Hook's opening sequence is that he has decided to use an array images which suggest birth and death, which I personally feel is a good idea to represent the beginning to a new world and an ending to another.

  1. Compare and contrast the closing passage of Chapter 12 of Lord Of The Flies ...

    and comfortable situation into a dangerous place with a threatening atmosphere hanging over the main characters. In Lord Of The Flies, as Ralph flees the approaching hunters, '...bushes and a wild tangle of creepers made a mat that kept out all the light of the sun'.

  2. The first chapter of the novel, The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding ...

    Ralph raised his hand for silence" throughout the clamour of choosing a leader, we see Ralph is willing for others to get their say, yet he is still able to have control over the situation and manages to leave the group.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work