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Chapter 1 Personification and Simile

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Lauren Leung

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Transcript of Chapter 1 Personification and Simile

Personification and Simile in Chapter One
Of Lord of the Flies

Chapter 1: How does Golding use personification and simile in this chapter to convey something significant about the scene/setting?
Comparisons to War
Golding uses similes throughout the chapter to compare parts of the scene to war-related objects. These comparisons force the reader to be aware of the war taking place during the novel, and make the island seem more threatening. Thus, the author's use of war-like similes in chapter one creates an ominous feeling about the island setting.
Comparisons and Personification that Make the Boys look Small and Weak
Golding employs the use of both simile and personification when describing parts of the island as much bigger or stronger than the boys. These literary devices reinforce the strangeness of the island, and how helpless boys are while on it.
Simile and Personification Used Threateningly
In Chapter 1, Golding uses similes and personification to convey a rather threatening feeling surrounding the entire island.
Comparisons to Civilization
"Ralph danced out into the hot air of the beach and returned as a fighter-plane, with wings swept back..." (pg11)
"'Like a bomb!'" (pg28)
"...a rock, almost detached, standing like a fort..." (pg29)
"His ordinary voice sounded like a whisper after the harsh note of the conch." (pg17)
"Here the roots and stems of the creepers were in such tangles that the boys had to thread through them like pliant needles." (pg26)
"The creepers were as thick as their thighs.." (pg27)
"The rock was as large as a small motor car" (pg28)
"The coral was scribbled in the sea as though a giant had bent down to reproduce the shape of the island in a flowing chalk line..." (pg29)
"There..was the platform, with insect-like figures moving near it." (pg29)


"The fair boy stopped and jerked his stockings with an automatic gesture that made the jungle seem for a moment like the Home Countries." (pg1)
"...the lagoon was still as a mountain lake.." (pg10)
"...the sandy edge of the pool loomed up like a hillside." (pg13)
"...there was a strip of weed-strewn beach that was almost as firm as a road." (pg25)
"The rock was as large as a small motor car." (pg28)
" Inside was peacock water, rocks and weeds showing as in an aquarium..." (pg29)
Personification and Simile Used to Convey Wonder
Golding compares aspects of the island to things typically found in England using simile. These comparisons make the island feel more alien, as the differences between these two places become apparent when their features are juxtaposed. Thus, the similes comparing the island to England enhance the strange and exotic nature of the island setting.
"...a golden light danced and shattered just over his face." (pg13)
"...the palm fronds would whisper,so that spots of blurred sunlight slid over their bodies or moved like bright, winged things in the shade." (pg15)
"'Like icing,' said Ralph, 'on a pink cake.'" (pg15)
"Sleep enveloped him like the swathing mirages that were wrestling with the brilliance of the lagoon." ( pg.19)
"The great rock loitered, poised on one toe, decided not to return... 'Wacco!' 'Like a bomb!' 'Whee-aa-oo!' (pg28)
"'Like candles. Candle bushes. Candle buds." (pg30)
Throughout Chapter 1, Golding uses personification and simile to show a sense of wonder amongst the children, and how this island promotes this sense of wonder throughout the boys.
In Chapter 1 of William Golding's Lord of the Flies, the author uses simile and personification to convey an unfamiliar, threatening, and mystical feeling about the setting.
"...a bird...flashed upwards with a witch-like cry.." (pg1)
"Then he leapt back on the terrace...a
"The only sound that reached them through the morning heat was the long, grinding roar of the breakers on the reef" (pg 13).
"...the lagoon attacked them with blinding effulgence." (pg 14).
"He trotted through the sand, enduring the sun's enmity.." (pg14)
"Now the forest stirred, roared, flailed" (pg 30).
"..the forest further down shook as with the passage of an enraged monster.." (pg28)
Connection to Thesis
This connects to the thesis because the boys are trapped in an unfamiliar place. Having spent all of their lives in civilization, being stranded on a remote island with no one around creates this feeling of isolation, which contributes to the feeling of unfamiliarity given off by the island. This feeling causes the island to seem rather mysterious as well.
Connection to Thesis
The feeling of dread that the boys get when arriving on the island is driven by the occurrences on the island. There is something on this island that is threatening and some unknown force does not want the boys to be there.
Comparisons of the boys to animals
Golding uses similes in chapter one to compare the boys to animals. These comparisons foreshadow the boys' eventual descent into savagery, and provide an ominous mood in the first chapter.
"Here, the eye was first attracted to a black, bat-like creature that danced on the sand, and only later perceived the body above it." (pg19)
"The boys lay, panting like dogs." (pg19)
"This last piece of shop brought sniggers from the choir, who perched like black birds on the criss-cross trunks.." (pg20)
" There, too, jutting into the lagoon, was the platform, with insect-like figures moving near it." (pg29)
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