How Does Golding Use Ethos In Chapter 9 Of Lord Of The Flies

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Imagine being stuck on an island, with no supervision, regulation or authority. Now imagie being forced into this type if situation as a young child. The human desire for power and supremacy is so evil that it was able to corrupt boys as young as 8 years old. Normal boys turned to savages because of an island. In lord of the flies a group of boys were stranded on a deserted island because their plane crashed. With no adults, the boys had to survive on their own. They pick a leader but when others want power and new rules, they do things that normal boys wouldn't think of doing. In chapter 9 Simon is brutally beaten by Jack and a few other boys in his tribe. They think that Simon is this beast that they had been searching for, but they are …show more content…

He goes into great detail while describing the gruesome murder of Simon. He also uses Pathos to develop Piggy's character. We feel bad for Piggy because he is a genuine human being, and the other boys constantly make fun of him. Golding writes “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, struck, bit, tore...blood was staining the sand”(pg.153). This makes the reader feel empathy towards Simon, who has done nothing wrong. On page 42 the boys are engaged in a dispute. During this argument, Jack says “A fat lot of you tried. You just sat”. This comment is directed towards Piggy. This causes a rise of emotion in the reader because the boys are mean to Piggy frequently even though he has also done nothing wrong. This emotion causes the reader to feel a connection to the characters. It makes the reader ask themself if they would act similarly if they were forced into that kind of situation. This plays into the theme of innate savagery and human …show more content…

The major use of symbolism was describing and developing the presence of the beast on the island. The beast started off as a mysterious monster that lurked in the water only to come out at night in order to kill. As the book progresses, it becomes more evident that the monster is not a tangible being but more spiritual. The boys describe it as "A blackness that spreads” in chapter nine while Jack is talking with the boys. Simon says "I'm the beast ... I'm part of you"(Chapter 8). Before his death Simon comes to the realization that the beast was everywhere, inside of all things, at all times. This realization is crucial to the story because it defines the theme. Golding wanted to explain how there was darkness inside of everyone. Another example of symbolism in the story is the characterization and development of Simon. Simon was always an outsider and their is lots of evidence that hints Simon is a Christ like figure. He helped those in need, and was killed by his own community. He even grew his hair out longer than the other boys. The author writes, “Here the littluns who had run after him caught up with him… Simon found for them the fruit they could not reach, pulled off the choicest from up in the foliage, passed them back down to the endless, outstretched hands.”(pg.56). This scene shows his generosity and love. The use of symbolism plays into the fight between good and bad(the beast representing the negative, and Simon

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