Descriptive Language In Lord Of The Flies

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The author uses descriptive language to paint a vivid picture for the reader. This allows the reader to clearly visualize the gory scenes and deaths that occur on the island. For example, when the author first introduces the Lord of the Flies, he allows the reader to easily visualize the death of the pig by saying

“The pile of guts was a black blob of flies that buzzed like a saw. After a while these flies found Simon. Gorged, they alighted by his runnels of sweat and drank. They tickled under his nostrils and played leapfrog on his thighs. They were black and iridescent green and without number; and in front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on his stick and grinned.” (Ch. 8, p. 138)

The use of simple language throughout the book makes it easy for the reader to comprehend what is being said through the novel. The reader is not confused by old English or eloquent words that he or she might not understand and must look up or use context clues to understand what is happening. For example, “Yet not entirely so. They were whispering out there; and suddenly the branches were shaken furiously at two places on his right.” (Ch. 12, p. 194) The reader clearly understands that Ralph is still being hunted and the branches around him are moving because he has been found.

The characters in the novel vary by appearance, weight, physical ability, and attitude; but they all play a key role in the novel. Ralph, for example, is introduced as a "fair boy," who later

becomes the chief of
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