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Golding - Lord of the Flies extract - confronting the beast.

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Introduction

´╗┐In this extract from the novel, Ralph, Jack and Roger, though frightened and armed only with three sticks, are approaching what Jack has described as ?a thing?. Sam and Eric said this thing was the beast. The three boys are frightened and Golding makes the scene frightening for the reader. The setting is a frightening one. It is night-time, but not completely dark as there is ?a patch of lighter sky where in a moment the moon would arise?. The boys? situation is dangerous, high above the ?glittering lengths of the lagoon? and the ?long white smudge that was the reef?. ...read more.

Middle

Ralph almost faints as ?the top of the mountain was sliding sideways?. Fainting on the top of this mountain with the lagoon and reef so far below would be very dangerous and makes the reader frightened for Ralph. Jack taunts Ralph by asking if he?s scared. Golding uses a much more powerful word than Jack?s schoolboyish one; Ralph?s fear has for a moment ?paralysed? him, making him incapable of movement. The sounds Golding describes are the sounds of fear. Twice the wind is said to roar, like an animal, hungry to swallow them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Finally, as the wind again roars, ?the creature lifted head? and they see ?the ruin of a face?, like some horror from a nightmare. This is the climax of the extract and the boys run in terror. The boys have no idea that they have seen a dead parachutist, whose parachute has been caught by the wind making the body appear to move and come alive. This extract confirms their worst fears; that they are on an island inhabited by a beast ready to prey on them. The extract is frightening to a reader, and shows why the boys report to the others that there really is a beast on the island. ...read more.

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