Lord Of The Flies Weather Analysis

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Lord of the Flies, Lord of the Weather William Golding, awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1983, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1979, the coveted Booker Prize in 1980, wrote Lord of the Flies (1954), a dystopian novel about a group of British boys who survive a plane crash and are forced to live on their own without parents. William Golding uses weather to represent the loss of sanity and the destruction of civilization throughout the island, as well as, weather in the real world representing people 's mental states. He does this by relating each type of weather to an action that goes on in the book, or a mood Ralph goes through. Golding uses pathetic fallacy, which is the use of inanimate things to demonstrate a feeling,…show more content…
Changes occur throughout the book, the quote chosen tends to show that the wind has started to pick up and it begins to blow very strongly which causes the leaves in the following quote to rumble. “ ‘Ralph, wake up!’ The leaves were roaring like the sed. ‘Ralph wake up.’ ‘What’s the matter?’ (Ralph) ‘We saw-’ ‘the beast.’” (98). As some boys on the island found the beast, big things happened. The beast demonstrated each beast inside of the boys, and it caused the boys to bring out their inner beast due to the fact their terrified of the beast. The weather shows that there is a big plot change and Golding wants us to recognize it. Ralph has started to worry and the beast inside of him has started to show. “‘Bathing’, said Ralph ‘that’s the only thing to do.’ Piffy was inspecting the looming sky through his glasses. ‘I don’t like them clouds. Remember how it rained like this after we landed.’” (147). This quote shows the point in which everything has deteriorated, Ralph no longer notices things that he should be noticing. Golding puts a juxtaposition on how Ralph doesn’t really notice the big storm after Simon died, but Piggy still does. As well as comparing the beginning of the book when the worst happened and they crashed on the island to now when something bad is happening. The weather demonstrates the ending of the book and how everything isn’t how it should, in real
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