Can you please give me an example of a simile, metaphor, and personification from the novel "Lord of The Flies"?Lord of the Flies

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A simile is a literary device that draws a comparison between two things using the words "like" or "as." Golding employs numerous similes throughout the novel to characterize individuals and aesthetically add to the imagery of the story.

  • "A rock, almost detached, standing like a fort, facing them across the green with one bold, pink bastion" (38).
  • "The breezes that on the lagoon had chased their tails like kittens were finding their way across the platform and into the forest"  (46).
  • "One patch touched a tree trunk and scrambled up like a bright squirrel" (60).
  • "The sun gazed down like an angry eye" (82).
  • "Simon shushed him quickly as though he had spoken too loudly in church" (96).
  • "Jack silent as the shadows" (192).

A metaphor is a literary device that makes an implied comparison between two seemingly different things that paradoxically have something in common. In chapter 1, Ralph blows the conch, and the boys begin to gather on the platform overlooking the lagoon. Golding uses a metaphor to describe the appearance of the choir boys by writing,

Then the creature stepped from mirage on to clear sand, and they saw that the darkness was not all shadow but mostly clothing (24).

The "creature" is actually the two parallel lines of choir boys marching in unison towards the platform. Their formation resembles that of a snake, which is why Golding uses the metaphor of a "creature" to describe their appearance.

Personification is a literary device in which a thing, idea, inanimate object, or animal is given human attributes. Essentially, non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that reflects human emotions and qualities. The following are examples of Golding's use of personification throughout the novel:

  • "A golden light danced and shattered just over his face" (15).
  • "The heat seemed to increase till it became a threatening weight and the lagoon attacked them with a blinding effulgence" (17).
  • "He trotted through the sand, enduring the sun’s enmity" (17).
  • "Boys were making their way toward the platform through the hot, dumb sand" (22).
  • "Far beneath them, the trees of the forest sighed, then roared" (139).
jennifer-taubenheim eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Metaphor- “The creature was a party of boys (pg 16).” This choice of words also has strong symbolic meaning in the overall story. Literally, they were, as a group, working their way through a dangerous jungle. At the same time, there are dark connotations to this phrase. The way it is used makes it seem as though there is something dark and foreboding about this “creature” of boys, as though they are capable of bringing some kind of chaos or destruction to the island, which they do in the end.

Simile- "The coral was scribbled in the sea as though a giant had bent down to reproduce the shape of the island in a flowing chalk line but tired before he had finished (pg 29)." Another instance: "The breezes that on the lagoon had chased their tails like kittens were finding their way across the platform and into the forest (pg 34)." At one point, Golding writes, "The two boys, bullet-headed and with hair like tow, flung themselves down and lay grinning and panting at Ralph like dogs (not sure of the page number)."

Personification – Found in the conversation between the dead pig head and Simon. Obviously a pig would not be able to speak, and the head of a dead pig would be even less likely to speak. I believe this conversation takes place on page 41. Another example is found on page 15, "When these breezes reached the platform the palm fronds would whisper winged things in the shade." Hope this helps.

hollyhuang28 | Student

*the quote "the creature was a party of boys, marching..." is on page 19 instead of 16*

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