In chapter three of Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (near the end when it describes Simon in the jungle), the imagery of the jungle includes details that are: I. Visual II. Auditory III....

In chapter three of Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (near the end when it describes Simon in the jungle), the imagery of the jungle includes details that are:

I. Visual

II. Auditory

III. Olfactory

IV. Tactile

a. I, II, and III only

b. I, II, III, and IV

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding is set on a tropical island, so it is not surprising to find a description of that island such as the one we find at the end of chapter three. An examination of the sensory imagery found here will provide the answer to your question.

I am beginning with the first paragraph after Simon leaves the littluns and sneaks away into the jungle; the paragraph begins with this line: "Simon turned away from them and went where the just perceptible path led him."

Visual imagery is in every one of the descriptive paragraphs. We see sunshine, rocks, foliage, butterflies, and a path, among other things. 

Auditory imagery (having to do with sound) includes sounds under "the dark canopy where life went on clamorously," the crashing of the waves on the rocks below, and

the sounds of the bright fantastic birds, the bee-sounds, even the crying of the gulls that were returning to their roosts among the square rocks....

Olfactory imagery (smells) is found in this line, among others:

The candlebuds opened their wide white flowers glimmering under the light that pricked down from the first stars. Their scent spilled out into the air and took possession of the island.

Tactile imagery (touch) is almost as pervasive as visual imagery, including this image of Simon slipping into his private hideaway: 

Then he bent down and wormed his way into the center of the mat. The creepers and the bushes were so close that he left his sweat on them and they pulled together behind him.

Since there is at least one example of each kind of imagery, the answer to your question is B.

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Erika015 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

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Hi! Thank you for answering! When I was trying to answer this question I was having trouble with the idea of some of the imagery being tactile. Is it usually accepted that tactile and visual imagery are that pervasive? I feel as if there should be more descriptive words that would evoke feeling in the reader's mind.

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