Lord of the Flies, Chapter 1

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Write an analysis of the opening chapter of Lord of the Flies. How effective is it at introducing the characters, concerns and language of the novel?

The first chapter of the novel, The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding is effective in establishing the characters, concerns and language for the remainder of the book, as well as introducing the main themes of the novel; that the problems in society are related to the sinful nature of man and good verses evil. In Golding's first chapter, the main characters are introduced, we see many ominous signs of what's to come through the authors choice of language and the beginning of rivalries, issues and concerns are portrayed which are to continue throughout the rest of the book. The microcosm
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This is just one remark from Jack in response to one of Piggy's ideas. From this opening chapter, we can start to see the intelligence behind this shy and reserved fat little boy, and the trouble his brains might cause him in the novel to come.

Jack is probably the last important character to be introduced. Golding describes his silhouette as a "creature" from a distance, with his black ankle length coat looking incredibly menacing. Jack is described as "tall, thin and bony; and his hair was red beneath the black cap. His face was crumpled and freckled, and ugly without silliness". The first words that come out of Jack's mouth are orders that are barked to the rest of the choir. He is portrayed as relentless and unforgiving when Simon faints: "Leave him alone…he's always throwing a faint". This shows he does not care for the welfare of others, and has no sympathy for other human beings, compared to Ralph, he is the complete opposite, and is not a good listener and it is obvious he jumps into action with out thinking. When Jack states, "I ought to be chief" he has jumped to the conclusion that there is no one on the island better suited to the role of chief than he is. This trend continues throughout this chapter and is set to carry on through the reset of the novel.

As early as the first page, there are many ominous signs that show all may not be…