September 9 2014
Three levels of thinking
Are there really three different levels of thinking? One could argue that there are five
levels or another could argue that there is only one. In William Golding's narrative, "Thinking as a
hobby", Golding illustrates his three levels of thinking and justifies why grade one thinkers are
superior when compared to grade 2 and 3 thinking.
In "Thinking as a Hobby" written by William Golding, Golding presents to the reader about
how a grade 3 thinker thinks like through a flashback to his children years. In his flashback or
anecdote to his childish years, Golding found everything incomprehensible and even found
Rodin's thinker confusing. (3) This shows that in his juvenile years he was very unintelligent and
thought "on the surface" like a grade three thinker. In order to present how a grade three thinker
thinks the author, William Golding uses imagery in order describe that we are surrounded by
grade three thinkers all the time. "We had better respect them, for we are outnumbered and
surrounded. A crowd of gradethree thinkers, all shouting the same thing"(27) By using
flashback, anecdotes and imagery Golding successfully presents to us how a grade three
thinker thinks like and why we should not think like them.
Golding used an anecdote to present to us how a grade three thinker thinks like and he
uses the same strategy to depict a grade two thinker. Since this anecdote took place during his
adolescence years he is still filled with hormones that a boy at that age would have. "The
portentous Thinker I placed on the edge of the cupboard so that he looked down at the bath towel
and waited for it to slip" (32) Grade 2 thinking, is about the feeling rather than thought (26)
Golding also describes grade two thinkers as having to deal with many contradictions and he...
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