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Some of the events in Lord of the Flies are violent and disturbing - Choose at least two of these events and discuss.

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Some of the events in Lord of the Flies are violent and disturbing. Choose at least two of these events and write about: * What is violent and disturbing in them * The importance of these events in the novel * How the writer makes the events violent and disturbing. In this novel there are many disturbing and violent events, one of which is when tribe of boys are killing the mother pig. The descriptive images of the pig being killed are very violent, 'Jack was on top of the sow, stabbing downward with his knife'. This is because Jack is deliberately killing the pig and in an unpleasant manner. Not only is it violent but also disturbing. The reason this, is that the boys who are involved in killing the pig are enjoying it and at the site of the blood makes them excited wanting them to do it more. ...read more.

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The way Golding makes these events violent and disturbing is by the language he uses. These are descriptive and unpleasant words such as 'bloody', 'terror' and 'stabbing'. Words like these make the event clearer so the reader can picture what is happening; these images that are created are disturbing. Golding also makes this event more disturbing in the way that he makes the characters react with what they have just done or what they are about to do; 'he giggled and flinked them while the boys laughed at his reeking hands'. Another disturbing and violent event in this novel is when Ralph is wounded by the hunters and has no choice but to hide. What makes this event violent is that Jack deliberately harms Ralph 'The spear tore the skin and flesh over Ralph's ribs'. ...read more.

Conclusion

As after he wounded Ralph it became the final hunt as he was to burn the whole island just to kill him, without thinking of what they were going to survive on after. Golding makes these events violent and disturbing by again using unpleasant images and by making the boys harm others in away we would not. He also uses words like; 'bruised flesh', 'swollen' and 'tore' to create these horrid images. The importance of the event in the violent killing of the sow is that it helps change Jack's and the other hunter's characters, they become more savage, this is because they are performing violent actions which are disturbing. The boy's are doing this because they have discovered that they enjoy and find it exciting harming; 'excited by the long chase and the dropped blood'. This eventually prepares them into the killing of Piggy and then the hunt of Ralph, which is the climax of the book and shows us that all order on the island is out of control. ...read more.

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