Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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

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

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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:

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