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Re-read from chapter 9 from "Towards midnight the rain ceased" to the end of chapter. Write a critical response to this passage and discuss in detail the effects caused by Golding's choice of language.

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Re-read from chapter 9 from "Towards midnight the rain ceased" to the end of chapter. Write a critical response to this passage and discuss in detail the effects caused by Golding's choice of language. In an act of excitement, anger, adrenaline and lust the boys have all taken part in the brutal murder of Simon. In this chapter the boys have been described as animal- like "The tearing of teeth and claws." This builds up a picture of vicious, bloodthirsty creatures killing prey much like a pack of wolves hunting together. The way in which the boys murder Simon is like a tribal ceremony or religious/ cult sacrifice as they dance and chant around the victim forming a circle surrounding him ready to ambush. The atmosphere during the murder is very intense and dramatic. Golding has achieved this by using short sentences, lists of adjectives and effective words that helps the reader create an image in their mind. The last passage in chapter nine contrast great deal to the previous paragraphs, slowing down the pace a great deal and changing the tone from hot, furious, violence to calm, peaceful and mystical. ...read more.

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The sound could also helps the reader imaging the sound of the sea lapping the shore. The sound of the letter 'S' can also be associated with silence. Simons death is very symbolic and Golding portrays this very well The mood of the passage is represented by the mood and temperament of the weather. During the murder of Simon the wind is fierce and the rain 'like a waterfall' this adds to the pace of the passage and the brutality of the murder. Once Simon is dead the change in weather is very dramatic the raging wind and pouring rain ceases almost as a sign of respect. The global elements create a vision of beauty, which is relevant, as the character of Simon appreciated beauty and nature a great deal. Golding has described the element not just as they are in simple form for example stars he has taken it further. "Incredible lamps of stars." Here Golding has described the stars as incredible to enlarge their significance and make the passage beautiful for the reader. ...read more.

Conclusion

Golding has achieved this throughout the whole passage by his use of poetic language, but the last sentence symbolises Simon leaving the island both physically and spiritually. "Simons dead body moved out outwards the open sea." Here this symbolises the final departing of Simon from the island being taken away by the tide. In chapter two when the small boy with the red mark on his face is killed it goes by almost unnoticed although the last sentence gives a rather sinister impression. "The drum-roll continued" This is a menacing sentence and could perhaps be the beginning of everything that goes wrong, an omen, the island damned by death. Simon has been portrayed as a very spiritual and perhaps religious boy and his death could be closely compared to the death of Christ, Simon came to save the boys, warn them of the beast and was killed by the people he was trying to save. Whether this was Golding's intention or not Simon's death is a very significant and symbolic part of the novel. Perhaps Simon was dies for the boys to rescue them, from their sins, perhaps the boys will change their ways. Or perhaps Simon died in vain. ...read more.

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