A View to a Death
“Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill the blood!” (Golding, 168) In Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, this is the chant repeated countlessly by the littluns who are part of Jack’s tribe. Their chant is finally put to use in chapter nine of the novel when they murder the “beast”, who the readers knew was not in fact the beast but Simon. Chapter nine of the novel is not only centered on the events leading up to Simon’s death, but also the continuous struggle for power between Ralph and Jack. This analysis will cover multiple techniques used by the author in this chapter included the significance of the chapter title, setting, pathetic fallacy, conflict, irony, and allegory. Golding foreshadows the death of beloved Simon in this chapter by naming it “A View to a Death.” Simon discovers that the beast is nothing but a dead parachutist. Although injured, Simon decides to go and tell the boys this truth but instead is mistaken by the boys as the beast itself and is viciously killed. This barbaric act was described in the chapter as “At once the crowd surged after it, poured down the rock, leapt on to the beast, screamed, stuck, bit, tore. There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws.” (Golding, 169). Therefore, the title of this chapter “A View to a Death” was used to foreshadow the death of Simon. The setting of the chapter was mainly focused on two places, the beach and the forest. The beach in most contexts symbolizes tranquility and a sense of relaxation. Ralph and Piggy were first introduced in this chapter on the beach. However, later on in this chapter they were inside the forest, where Jack’s feast was. For most people, the forest symbolizes darkness and evil. When Ralph and Piggy were first on the beach, the boys had no interest in taking part in Jack’s tribe party with Ralph even telling Piggy, “I don’t care” (Golding, 163) and saying that the party will probably be filled with boys “pretending to be a...
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