Foreshadowing In Lord Of The Flies

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In the novel, Lord of the Flies, Golding uses foreshadowing to paint a picture of how humanity hungers for power through Ralph and Jack’s early conflict, Roger throwing rocks at a littlun, and Piggy’s glasses being stolen. Ralph and Jack develop an early conflict with each other that sets up their own destruction. “Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of mortification” (23). Jack who believes he is better than everyone else, is struck down and denied chief by his followers because instead they chose Ralph. Even though Ralph and Jack managed to cooperate, Jack held that little grudge of being chief against Ralph which is also what fueled his hatred for Ralph more. By building up this hatred, he “All at once the crowd swayed toward the island and was gone-following Jack. … Ralph was …show more content…

“The chief led them, trotting steadily, exhausted in his achievement. He was a chief now in truth; and he made stabbing motions with his spear. From his left hand dangled Piggy’s broken glasses” (168). Jack, who has gone and created his own tribe, comes back to steal Piggy’s glasses to have a fire. The author uses a change in words by replacing Jack’s name with “chief” to show who has the power now. Now that Jack has Piggy’s glasses and the power, it is expected something bad will happen to Piggy since he is no longer needed to provide his glasses for a fire. “Piggy peered anxiously into the luminous veil that hung between him and the world” (174). The author uses these words to separate him from everyone else. First, he was mentally separated in the sense that he was bullied all the time, but now he is physically separated since he can not see. Also, when Piggy could see, he could create a solution to their problems. Now that he is blind, he is unable to form any logical conclusions, making his existence on the island useless and predicting his own

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