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How does the opening prepare the reader for the rest of the novel Lord of the Flies?

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How does the opening prepare the reader for the rest of the novel? In this essay I will be answering how the opening prepares the reader for the rest of the novel. I will look at how the book introduces Ralph and Piggy into the novel and their initial impressions of each other and the island. I will also be writing about how the opening words and phrases suggest the progression of events that later occur, and how the writers concerns, that all mankind is evil, start to appear here. Ralph is the first person that Piggy meets after the crash, and I think that from the very start, a kind of trust is built between them. They don't know yet they are alone or if there are others, so there isn't any unfriendliness between them. Though Ralph does give the impression that he doesn't like Piggy very much. But Ralph is tolerant, a vital quality for any leader, and Piggy's respect for him only increases. ...read more.


It is clear from the way Piggy speaks that he is a cockney, and from working class background, this is shown when he says, "All them other kids," and, "We was attacked!" Though he proves his intelligence when he and Ralph are trying to piece together what happened in the crash and says, "The storm dragged it out to sea. It wasn't half dangerous with all them trunks falling. There must have been some kids still on it." Shortly after he says this he is described hesitating before carrying on, which gives the impression that he is quite self-conscious and unconfident. The language used in the opening especially the first couple of paragraphs, hint greatly at the later developments in the novel, such as the introduction of evil and danger. A good example of this occurrence is, "...when a bird, a vision of red and yellow, flashed upwards with a witch-like cry; and this cry was echoed by another." ...read more.


The story has barely been given a chance to get going when he is already hinting at evil and wrong doing, and though things may seem perfect and innocent, that sooner or later it is ruined and condemned by evil. The island could be seen as a symbolic connotation of the Garden of Eden, a perfect paradise, untouched by mankind until humans came and made evil. His view that mankind is evil is a running theme throughout. In answer to the question how does the opening prepare the reader for the rest of the novel, I think that he does it well through the use of words and phrases. The novel is an allegory to convey Golding's message about, "The darkness of mankind." In the opening passage, nothing much happens, this tells us that it is a slow pace book and we are only told the information we need to understand it; the rest is left to our imaginations. By Siobh�n Commins 10E1 ...read more.

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