What devices does Golding use to create suspense in Lord of the Flies?

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Most pointedly, it has to be atmosphere.  Think about the night that Simon is killed.  Golding describes a group of boys with painted faces and bodies dancing around a fire while thunder crashes and bolts of lightning sporadically light up the sky.  As the boys get more and more worked up, they form rotating circles and being their chant.  As the storm gets closer and louder so, too, does their chant.  The louder the chant gets, the faster the circle spins.  Then just as the boys are worked into a frenzy, a littlun spots a "beast" struggling to get out of the jungle thickness, and, without warning, the mass descends upon Simon.

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yazwaneis | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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He uses metaphors to build up suspense; the creature was a party of boys.  Aswell as that he uses imagery and personification, especially in describing the first fire.  There is lots of syumbolism in his work too, he has the symbol if the conch, for freedom of speech, the fire, and the beast, as well as that Simon is meant to be a prophetic figure, like chirst, and so he has hallucinations with the lord of the flies or beelzebub (the devil).


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