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'Give an account of what is in your opinion the most frightening or disturbing scene in the book, and show how Golding achieves the atmosphere

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Lord of the Flies 'Give an account of what is in your opinion the most frightening or disturbing scene in the book, and show how Golding achieves the atmosphere.' Sanj Krishnan In my opinion, the most disturbing and frightening incident in Lord of the Flies is the dance of the savages and the process that ends in the murder of Simon, from 'A View to a Death'. The reason for this being my choice is due to both the story and the way it is written. During the hunters' feast, a violent storm breaks out. 'The blows of the thunder were only just bearable'. When Jack commands his men to 'do our dance!' ...read more.

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In the case of the chant, true enough, 'the chant...began to beat like a steady pulse'. 'Roger ceased to become a pig and became a hunter' - this implies that a new prey has been found. 'There was the throb and stamp of a single organism'. The organism is in fact, the unified hunting circles moving as one, and the throb and stamp are the actions of the hunters in unison. This organism may be mistaken as a living creature but is in fact not. 'The dark sky was shattered by a blue-white scar'. The blue white scar, a terrifying strike of lightning, is metaphorically represented. Lightning striking in the sky is comparable to a scar on a forehead, and that is why this metaphor is very effective. ...read more.

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be the beast, and that they intend to hunt him down - 'the beast stumbled into the horseshoe' - Simon's fate is sealed. The chant is repeated. The scene that follows is grotesque and appalling. Simon is crying out, bringing the good news to the others, and they are trying to kill him. Simon is referred to by Golding for the last bit as the beast, who 'fell to the sand by the water. The crowd surged after it, leapt onto the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore. The most disturbing element Golding has implemented is that his portrayal of Simon's murder is impartial i.e. it is not told with any mention of sufferance by Simon. It is simply the killing of the beast. That is how it is made so disturbing and horrifying. ...read more.

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