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E2H: Lord of the Flies Chapter 2 Analysis

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Transcript of E2H: Lord of the Flies Chapter 2 Analysis

Context
Chapter Title:
Fire on the Mountain
-Boys plan to make small fire on mountain to make smoke
- Fire transcends from a signal to a hazard; burns most of forest and kills boy with birthmark
Meaning of Metaphor
Description of Fire Part I
"One patch touched a tree trunk and scrambled up like a bright squirrel."
Comparison to squirrel
"scrambled up" rodent-like; weak and small
"The squirrel leapt on the wings of the wind and clung to another standing tree, eating downward."
Fire related as creeping up trees and consuming forest slowly.
Fire eats like animals
Thank you!
Chapter 2: Golding uses metaphor artfully in this chapter. Find examples and analyze them. What do they convey, and how are they more evocative than using more simple descriptions?
Description of Fire Part III
"The separate noises of the fire merged into a drum-roll that seemed to shake the mountain."
"drum-roll" anticipation, paranoia, "awe"
Morphing from an individual to a collection - stampede
"Piggy glanced nervously into hell..."
Sign of dread and apprehension
Hell - fire or place of burning
E2H: Lord of the Flies Chapter 2 Analysis
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Description of Fire Part II
"The flames, as though they were a kind of wild life, crept as a jaguar creeps on its belly toward a line of birch-like saplings..."
Exponential Evolution - Rodent to Jaguar
Jaguar creeps - cunning and ferocious
"The heart of flame leapt nimbly across the gap between the trees and then went swinging and flaring along the whole row of them."
Portrays expeditious spreading of fire
Fire is a monkey - swinging and gaining momentum
Heart - giving life to the fire
Metaphor and Significance
Golding's description of the fire as a feral and sadistic fiend is characteristic of the pervasive chaos and pandemonium of the island.
Fire: Part of nature but it burns nature
Humans: Part of nature but we destroy nature
Fire and the boys of the island cannot be contained or controlled
Feral: Like animals - Fire displays those traits
Sadistic: Roger and Jack

The metaphors Golding uses more effectively describes the scenes in a vibrant manner with the incorporation of imagery and personification rather than mere descriptions that list what is happening in the chapter.
Golding's description of the fire as a feral and sadistic fiend is characteristic of the pervasive chaos and pandemonium of the island.
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