Friday, April 15, 2016

Mob Mentality in "Lord of the Flies"

There are many examples of mob mentality in "Lord of the Flies," by William Golding, but there are no examples of good mob mentality. All of the mob like behaviors shone by the boys in "Lord of the Flies" are bad and usually end poorly. One example of this is when the boys are hunting for pigs on the island. They don't want the excitement they felt to end so they start acting like a mob and loose there self control. The boys start celabrating by yelling "'Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!'" (Golding, 114). They pretend that Robert is the pig. They say it is just a game but they end up hurting him. This kind of mob mentality is bad because they are hurting each other. Another example is when they kill the mother pig with newborn piglets. Then, they are so excited from the kill that they cut off the pigs head and put it on a stick. The behaviors that they are showing are things that they would normally not do if they were back home in England. They new environment and not having anyone to tell them to stop is making the boys act differently and more savage.

Friday, April 8, 2016

"Lord of the Flies" Chapter 6 Figurative Language Quote

 "A sliver of moon rose over the horizon, hardly large enough to make a path of light even when it sat right down on the water" (Golding, 95).        

William Golding uses a lot of figurative language in chapter 6 of his book, "Lord of the Flies". In the quote I picked, Golding uses imagery to depict how the sky looks. One way he does this to by saying that there is only a sliver of a moon to imply that it is very dark out. He also uses personification when he said the moon sat down on the water. He is saying that the moon is not high in the sky but instead is just above the horizon. He uses figurative language here to make a clear and interesting image of the night setting.
The images I chose show how the crescent moon gives off a very little amount of light. They also show how close to the horizon the moon was.