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List some literary devices that exist in chapter nine, of Lord of the Flies, and explain how they are used with specific examples from chapter nine. 

There must be a specific example for each literary device. 

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many different literary devices which can be found in chapter nine of William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies.

Imagery- Imagery is the use of descriptive words/phrases which appeal to the senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell) of the reader. These descriptions allow a reader to create a mental image of the scene, character, or object being described.

Example:

Over the island the buildup of clouds continued. A steady current of heated air rose all day from the mountain and was thrust to ten thousand feet; revolving masses of gas piled up the static until the air was ready to explode. By early evening the sun had gone and a brassy glare had taken the place of clear daylight...Colors drained from water and trees and pink surfaces of rock, and the white and brown clouds brooded.

Personification is the giving of human characteristics to nonhuman and nonliving things. An example of personification can be found in the following line: "The white and brown clouds brooded." Here, clouds are given the ability to brood (to think deeply). Clouds are not really able to brood, but people can.

Alliteration is the repetition of a consonant sound (typically seen within a line of poetry). While the novel is not poetry, alliteration can still be found in the following line: "He lay in the mat of creepers while the evening advanced and the cannon continued to play." The repetition of the consonant sound "c" is alliteration.

A simile is the comparison between two typically unlike things using "lik" or "as" to show the comparison. In the following, the Lord of the Files is compared to a black ball.

The Lord of the Flies hung on his stick like a black ball.

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