Lord of the Flies

What is William Golding's writing style?

I would like a describtion of his writing style that he used in the Novel Lord of the Flies.

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This is a very interesting question. Golding's writing in Lord of the Flies is filled with description, characterisation and symbolism. Everything from his detailed images of the jungle to the sweat dripping down Jack's forehead is vivid and used for a reason. Golding's language was always in line with what was happening to his characters. Consider Simon's final scene as he was being killed by his friends, "There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws." Then after he is killed the language becomes much gentler. Golding's Christ figure has been killed and his language reflects this, "...moonbeam bodied creatures with fiery eyes." ..moving patches of light as they gathered at the edge." This is really good writing. There are points when Golding lapses into detailed description of a bush or a tree or the sea but we can forgive him for this. Golding tries very hard to link human nature with the rhythms of nature. The result is a novel that will be around long after you and I will be.


LOrd of the Flies Ch9

Oh yes, it's written in third person omniscient so Golding controls and sees all!

What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or Savages?


Lord of The Flies p 105