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My comments on the growing violence in the first two chapters of the lord of the flies.

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My comments on the growing violence in the first two chapters of the lord of the flies Golding's novel begins with a hint of violence and confusion; "All around him the long scar smashed into the jungle," The 'scar' to which Golding refers is mysterious and at the moment we can only speculate about how it was formed. The 'scar' may be an indicator to what will happen to the boy we are introduced to at the start of the novel. Around the island there are more signs of violence, for instance Golding mentions the coarse grass which is rough underfoot leading to a palm tree grave yard. The fallen palm trees are another indicator about the violence already on the island. They may symbolise that nothing grows old there and the boy may follow suit. The island can also deceive; it gives the boy a huge, warm pond which was described as a 'huge bath'. From these first couple of pages I have already found out that the island is something to be wary of, and things may not be as inviting as they seem. When the novelty of the island wore off, the seriousness dawned on them. ...read more.


Golding attempts to cement this belief by saying he is the 'controller' without compassion as he led his choir to exhaustion. Piggy senses evil; "Piggy asked no names. He was intimidated by this uniformed superiority and the offhand authority in Merridew's voice." Piggy, realising his vulnerability to Merridew, 'secure' on the other side of Ralph attempted to join the conversation but Merridew's arrogance thwarted his effort. Merridew's evil shows again when Ralph asks him what he would like to do with them. Instead of branding them workers or just citizens of the island like everyone else, he declares them his 'hunters'. Merridew's violence seemed to rub off on Ralph because when he, Merridew and Simon found a large, pink rock on a fact finding mission, they decided to push it off a cliff; "The great rock loitered, poised on one toe, decided not to return, moved through the air, fell, struck, turned over, leapt droning through the air and smashed a deep hole in the canopy of the forest. Echoes and birds flew, white and pink dust floated, the forest further down shook as with the passage of an enraged monster: and then the island was still." The pushing of a large rock over the edge is another direct act of violence to the island, and the 'enraged monster' may not be able to keep hidden for much longer. ...read more.


I think Golding means something different by the term 'beastie', he may mean that what the children are going to become by the beast, and by pushing the rock over the edge the children have taken the first steps from innocence, and will eventually end up at savagery. The pushing of the rock must mean then the swaying on the brink with only a small push needed to turn to murderers. The third direct act of violence towards the island was the signal fire the newly formed tribe built. It started as a small fire, but quickly spread through the dry or dead undergrowth; "Small flames stirred at the bole of a tree and crawled away through leaves and brushwood, dividing and increasing. The heart of flame leapt nimbly across the gap between the trees and then went swinging and flaring along the whole row of them. Beneath the capering boys a quarter of a mile of forest was savage with smoke and flame." Since the boys arrived at the island they have done nothing but scar and burn the place and, although they don't know it yet, they have already killed one of the 'little 'un's', the boy with the mulberry coloured birthmark. James Cordingley 10N 2 ...read more.

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