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How does this opening prepare the reader for what is to come in the novel, Lord of the Flies?

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Introduction

Read again from the beginning of the novel to 'I'll be out again in just a minute-'. How does this opening prepare the reader for what is to come in the novel? Throughout the opening chapter of 'Lord of the Flies' there are many events which foreshadow later events of the novel. Golding sets the beginning of the novel at the site of the plane rash, the scar. The scar had been 'smashed' and had 'shaken tree trunks'. The boys' presence on the island has already imprinted the island. It foreshadows the future corruption the boys will make on the previously uninhabited island. There are also hints of the dangerous side of the island. ...read more.

Middle

Another event prepared by the opening is Piggy and Ralph's relationship. The contrast between the two characters is noticeable from the start. Piggy is shown to be rational and intelligent, an incredibly useful trait in the future. Whilst Ralph shows a childish innocence and optimism - 'He'll be back'. Ralph originally ignores Piggy; he is 'obviously uninterested' in Piggy's rambles. However, he gradually begins to respond to Piggy's questions and he 'looked interested'. This foreshadows how Ralph and Piggy's friendship will develop in the novel and how Ralph will come to value and appreciate Piggy's thoughts and contributions. Additionally, Piggy 'took off his glasses and held them out to Ralph'. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lastly, they symbolise Piggy's clear-sightedness and insightful thinking which he gives to Ralph in later chapters when he is chief which proves to be invaluable information for Piggy. The line, said by Piggy: "I can hardly move with all these creepers" Could be a hint towards the littluns misinterpretation of the creepers being the Beast. The creepers restricting Piggy's movement could be a reference towards how the boys stayed primarily on the beach, the safest and most civilised place, away from the mysterious and potentially dangerous hidden depths of the forest. In conclusion, I think Golding used a range of significant details in the opening of 'Lord of the Flies' which are parallels of events which occur in later chapters. This provides an endearing journey with the boys' life with 'no grown-ups' and no impending rules of civilisation. ...read more.

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