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William Goldings novel Pincher Martin considered to be one of his best novels which deal with the theme of death and the struggle for survival, as analogous to Ambrose Bierces short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge in which the character stru

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Pincher Martin a struggle for survival Introduction William Golding's novel Pincher Martin considered to be one of his best novels which deal with the theme of death and the struggle for survival, as analogous to Ambrose Bierce's short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge in which the character struggles for survival and thus fail. Throughout Golding's novel, the image projected is that of a man that has been thrown out from a torpedoed ship struggling for survivor, laying over a rock in the North Atlantic. This man seems to be an unpleasant person who spends 7 days remembering his actions. As told in the first lines of the novel "He was struggling in every direction, he was the centre of the writhing and kicking knot of his own body. There was no up or down, no light and no air. He felt his mouth open of itself and the shrieked word burst out. "Help!"."1 At first the reader seems to sympathize with this man, who remains unknown until now. As the novel progresses it seems as if he wins his struggle for life. ...read more.


Through the novel Martin is described by a third person omniscient narrator, the reader perceives the story to be real. Golding's usage of such convention makes Martin's struggle for survival seem more dramatic and convincing in the sense that the reader may believe the protagonist to be alive, as in the case of Bierce's protagonist Farquhar who goes through the same situation himself. Psychology plays a very important part in the novel, since, Martin suffers from isolation. Such isolation tends to make Martin become aggressive at times. Martin is said to be lying alone with no other company than the elements provided by nature, to which he tries to defeat in order to survive. Martin's aggression relies not only in these elements but on God as well is aggressive against God. Golding's portrayal of Martin as a rather aggressive man becomes essential in becoming familiar with his personality. As the novel progresses the survival-adventure situation is prominent. Martin is stuck in the middle of a fight against death. By being lying on the rock Martin starts having tormenting flashbacks of his past. ...read more.


Conclusion To conclude I will attempt to say that the events leading up to Martin's struggle for survival accurately give the reader a case of anxiety, and finally, the reader assumes the protagonist's death as he undoubtedly meets his end. Furthermore, there is a very smooth transition into a flashback. The flashback is very important in the sense that it tells of Martin's background, and how he most likely came to be in his position in the ship. Golding's descriptions of Martin's flashbacks make the reader feel as he is trapped in the mind of the protagonist, and thus forget about the present timing of events, which leads to the construction of an illusion of Martin's reality. Through a first reading of the novel, one may perceive Martin's desperate struggle for survival after being thrown out of his ship as a result of a torpedo attack. The reader goes through this struggle little by little. Throughout the novel Martin's body and sense are being degraded, he suffers from fever, and thus causes him to have hallucinations along with his memories, which little by little give an insight into his personality and serve as guidance into the process of his journey into the afterlife. ...read more.

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