Thinking as a hobby

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Raviraj Surya

Mrs. Henson


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...