• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Piggy In ‘Lord of The Flies’ Compared With ‘The Signalman’

Extracts from this document...


Piggy In 'Lord of The Flies' Compared With 'The Signalman' The signal man was set in a typical setting for a ghost story where it would most capture the imagination of the reader. It was set in a dark cutting where no light could penetrate the tall concrete walls. As it was dark throughout the day and the night this sets the scene for a perfect ghost story. The signalman's box was situated outside of a tunnel that was moist and was soaked with water. "water trickled down the sides of the tunnel" Piggy is described as a short fat boy at the beginning of the novel 'Lord of the Flies'. Piggy wears glasses and also has asthma. These are four physical handles that children will grab at the chance to victimise or make fun of. Piggy is not like the other kids in his physical appearance and this is how all forms of bullying are triggered by people standing out because of their appearance. The signalman at the narrators first glance is described as foreshortened and shadowed. The only explanation for this would be because the narrator was looking down into the poor light and was some distance away from the signalman when looking down upon him. ...read more.


A rock being pushed from a cliff and knowing that there are people below can be no accident. Someone is going to get hurt and in Piggy's case brutally Murdered. The rock must have also been of a considerable size as it was virtually as big as Piggy. "The rock struck Piggy a glancing blow from chin to knee" The rock may not have killed Piggy instantly depending on the force that the rock hit him and where it hit him. Whereas the Signalman's death would have been instant. The train driver did try to warn the Signalman but the Signalman did not listen as he thought that it was the spectre who stood at the warning light calling him once again as he had recently been doing frequently. The train driver could not stop in time and so unintentionally cut the signalman down with the massive steam engine. Both have friends who may have been able to prevent their deaths. Ralph although he had lost most of his influence and power over the boys by the time that they turned to savages could have been able to reason with jack and so the situation would have been resolved. There would not have been a situation in the first place though if Ralph's pride had not got the better of him and decided to go and confront jack with the support of all the other savages/boys. ...read more.


Ghost story's are supposed to be real or seem as real to the reader as possible. Dickens never wrote the story to frighten or scare the reader's but to send a chill down their spines. The differences between the two writers are that Charles Dickens story's were all said to have been based around true real life experiences. This suggests that Dickens was the narrator and was the one who befriended the signalman. William Goldings story was about fictional characters and a made up island. Lord of the flies was a story that was part of its time. The story was written soon after the was and was influenced massively by the War. Lord of the Flies is an allegory, and the message was to do with the time when it was written. Instead of railways being in the public imagination as in the Signalman, a nuclear holocaust was there striking fear into the public and so William Golding also influenced by the fear wrote an astounding book on the subject and used it as an excuse to put the boys on the Island. The war has influenced the book because the novel is all about good and evil. In a way the Axis powers were the good and so were represented by Ralph, Piggy and the Conch standing up for democracy, and Jack Meridew along with the rest of the savages as his loyal army representing the Germans. By Daryl White ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Analysis of Lord of the Flies.

    a monster, come to believe fully in the existence of the beast, all the remaining power of civilization and culture begins to diminish rapidly; in a world where the beast is real, rules and morals become weak and utterly dispensable.

  2. Analysing William Golding's Lord of the Flies

    Ironically, at the end of the novel, it is a fire that finally summons a ship to the island, but not the signal fire: it is the fire of savagery-the forest fire Jack starts as part of his quest to hunt and kill Ralph.

  1. A media study comparing two cinematic interpretations of Golding's Lord of the Flies: the ...

    Individually I think that the "Kyrie" is signifying an end to the old world and what the boys are leaving behind. The "Kyrie" is also used during the film at a time of death (for example when Piggy and Simon die)

  2. Discuss the Leadership Qualities of Piggy, Ralph and Jack As Presented In the Opening ...

    Jack, like Ralph, is confident too. Ralph and Jack are the ones who normally speak up whereas Piggy is the one who sits and listens. Ralph being as wise as he is, comes up with good ideas. 'We ought to draw a map'. As Ralph is chosen as leader instead of Jack, he always shares his ideas with the rest of the group.

  1. A media study comparing two cinematic interpretations of Golding's "Lord of the Flies" the ...

    When Peter Brooke has these war images introduced to the credits the intensity of the soundtrack is increases, adding this drum beat in the background. The very same drum beat is reintroduced later on in the film to show that civilisation has finally fallen apart completely.

  2. Compare two different film versions of Simon’s death in the novel ‘Lord Of The ...

    This scene is followed by Simon running back through the jungle to tell the boys about what he saw. However the hunters are so possessed with this overpowering evil of dancing and chanting, that Jack suddenly stops and looks and the running stature through the dense trees and without thinking presumes it's the beast.

  1. Lord of the Flies was written in 1954 as William Goldings debut novel.

    As the bots explore the island there are many subtle references to the outside world, 'Like a bomb!' (Pg 37) this is an ironic reference to the real atomic bomb, which occurred in 1945. They also give a hint of religion or god, 'The coral was scribbled into the sea as though a giant had bent down...'

  2. Discuss the Theme of Loss and Absence in ‘Lord Of The Flies’

    The boys lose their individual identities when the older children just become known as the 'biguns', and the younger become known as the 'littluns'. They are not known by their names anymore, but just as a group term. At a time when a group of people should stick together and unite, the boys create a situation that prevents this.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work