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In Chapter One how does Golding prepare us for what is to come in the Rest of the Novel? 'Lord of the Flies'

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In Chapter One how does Golding prepare us for what is to come in the Rest of the Novel? 'Lord of the Flies' what does the title tell us about the book? Other research has written that it means 'the devil, great danger or evil'. This to me shows that Golding is trying to prepare us for what is to come. Does this book have any morals within the story this will be found out when reading on. Golding was born in the 19th of September 1911 in Cornwall. Golding served in the Second World War with the royal navy. After he taught in a boy's school and published 'Lord of the Flies'. William Golding died in 1993. Maybe experiences from the war have been expressed in the book such as ' a bird, a vision of red and yellow with a witch like cry'. These could be sounds that Golding herd and remembered from the war. From chapter one you start to get the gist of the story. There has been a plane crash on an uninhabited desert island and no adults have survived. Golding has automatically removed authority and so the children have got a lot more freedom. ...read more.

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This is probably because of what Piggy looks like and has probably had this throughout his school days. This is how we treat individuals in our society today and it is all based on their appearance. Piggy finds a conch; this is how we get introduced to the other characters. The conch is blown, and other bodies that are also scattered on the island come forward. Ralph decides to hold a meeting. Children start appearing. This is where we get our first image of Jack. Golding describes him as being a tall, thin boy with red hair. I imagine someone with red hair to maybe bad tempered and a fiery personality, this is an almost stereo typical view of someone and certainly does not apply to everyone. With in a few sentences 'the tall boy' as he is known is already shouting orders ' Choir! Stand still!' Piggy feels even more intimidated and very self-conscious by jack 'intimidated by the uniformed superiority' and starts to act like the victim. Maybe later on in the book he might become a stronger character. Another two boys named Roger and Simon appeared from elsewhere on the island. Simon automatically come across as the peacemaker, he is very quite and admires the beauty of the island 'like candles. ...read more.

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I think words such as beauty and precious would sum up the conch. Ralph and Piggy decide that if you want to speak out at the meeting the conch has to be with you. Does the conch stay this important throughout the book? The conch has been represented to democracy. The dictionary states that democracy is: 'government of the people by the people through their elected representatives'. This means that before any plans can be carried out a vote must be taken and can only be carried out if the majority wants it to be. I think Ralph supports this way as he said the conch would represent democracy. Whereas on the other hand Jack likes to take the matters into his own hands, and does not really give anyone any say, this is known as totalitarianism. The dictionary states: 'governed by a single party that allows no rivals'. It's a bit far fetched but you could base Jack on Hitler or Saddam Huseim. I am sure these two different views are bound to cause trouble later on in the story. With all these different points and techniques used, and the tension growing between the two characters, I think the rest of the book will be interesting as it could take a turn for the better, or a turn for the worst. Claire Holder 11YE ...read more.

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