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

Point of View in Lord of the Flies. Shifting point of view can affect the text in many ways, including making the story more clear, or making it harder to understand.

Extracts from this document...


Lord of the Flies- Point of View I was staring at a pitiful contraption of palm trunks and leaves, an effort to make a shelter. It seemed to be on the verge of collapsing straight into the ocean. Simon and I were observing the shelter. I was thinking so hard about this issue that I did not notice that someone was speaking to me. I looked up with a frown and saw Jack, the leader of the "hunters", looking very well spent, and exhausted. "Got any water?", Jack was asking. "I said have you got any water? I'm thirsty", he asked again. ...read more.


And look!". I pointed at two shelters which were in position, but very shaky and in danger of collapsing. The one I had been dealing with was a ruin. ? End Rewrite -> Shifting point of view can affect the text in many ways, including making the story more clear, or making it harder to understand. Choosing a point of view will affect the way your reader relates to your story and the characters in it. For example, first person point of view gives the text a sense of immediacy, more so than that of third person. This is because it feels as thought it is happening as we read it. ...read more.


Throughout the novel, he emerges as an alienated, disillusioned, and cynical character. Due to this characterization, he usually assumes the worst about harmless situations. His cynical subjectivity in the story influences reader's views of the story negatively. Because of this, shifting point of view might help readers better understand the story. For example, a narrator using the first person will try to be more objective by also employing the third person for important action scenes, especially those in which he/she is not directly involved or in scenes where he/she is not present to have viewed the events in first person. This eliminates any sense of ambiguous subjectivity displayed by the first person narrator. Therefore, shifting point of view can help make the story easier to understand, or even more difficult to understand. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages 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 International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. Lord of the Flies- Use of Symbolism

    However when Piggy loses his glasses, not only does he lose his clear vision but he also loses his ability of discernment. The signal fire is also another significant symbol and it portrays the children's hope of ever returning to society.

  2. Free essay

    Lord of the Flies

    Just like Simon, Ralph and Piggy are able to finally able to conclude that there is no beast and that there is nothing to fear but the monster inside of us. Piggy comes to this conclusion as he thinks it is not scientific but Ralph realizes this at the end

  1. Lord of the Flies- Jack vs. Ralph

    "He was taken short" " Jack also feigns maturity in order to try and persuade the boys to chose him as leader. He says he wants to be called "Merridew", as his own first name is considered to childish.

  2. Christmas - origins, traditions and ideas for making gifts.

    Germany is credited with the modern Christmas tree. It was German settlers in PA who first introduced the Christmas tree in the United States in the early 1850's. At first it was not very popular among the Americans who still considered it a pagan tradition. However, N.Y. the 1890's, Christmas ornaments were being imported from Germany and sold in stores.

  1. Lord Of the Flies: Progression of Evil

    truly sense that Jacks behavior has changed, and that the constraints of society have been lifted and become irrelevant to his state of mind. "Jack was bent double. He was down like a sprinter, his nose only inches from the humid earth."

  2. Comparison and contrast on the narrative point of view in metamorphosis and chronicles of ...

    105 the description of the stains on the white doors helps to give the reader a mental picture of the surroundings.

  1. There was something gorgeous about Gatsby. Compare and contrast the statement from two characters ...

    Tom is determined to lead an investigation on Mr. Gatsby because his intentions and purpose seem vague and suspect. When he discovers the truth his original suspicion is confirmed as Jay Gatsby appears to be a young man from nowhere in North Dakota and from humble parents.

  2. Lord of the Flies: is law that important?

    Jack's responds by sending people to hunt down Ralph and kill him. "'They hate you Ralph. They're going to do you.' 'They're going to hunt you to-morrow.'" (209) So savagery prevails on the island because of the fact that the boys fail to make rules that would restrain their society from doing wrong and striving for competition.

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