"Lord Of the Flies" by William Golding

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The classic novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is an exciting adventure deep into the nether regions of the mind, the part of the brain that is suppressed by the ordinary tasks of modern society. It is a struggle between Ralph and Jack, the boys and the Beast, and good and evil. This wonderfully written allegory on human society has a fantastic approach toward reality. It is a simple narrative that is exciting and moving while having a deeper significance, making it unique. The distinguishing factor of this narrative's success is its clarity of meaning and simple to understand storyline. Golding, a master of literature and writing, uses a surplus of the various writing techniques from the vast library in his head to interlace a thoughtful meaning in his work. The most recognizable would be his use of symbolism. Throughout the book Golding weaves in these symbols with ease and simplicity highlighting many of them with irony.

Lord of the Flies has a brilliant rhythm to it that flows stylishly throughout the whole story as well. Golding uses continual contrasting motions complemented by the rhythmic use of the constant progression of evil on the island from the beginning to the end of the story. It is with these literary techniques that William Golding is able to compose this extraordinary classic novel about a group of young English schoolboys who must face their fears as everything starts to slip away.

One starts off with a first glance at the rhythm of the story and the contrasting elements of the book. In the beginning of the story, Golding starts laying out the basic oppositions between land and sea, rocks and water, hardness and liquidity, and roundness and angularity in the setting. These are the essentials to the rhythm of the...