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Metaphors In Lord Of The Flies

I need 3 examples of metaphors from Lord of the Flies.

Throughout the novel Lord of the Flies, Golding uses metaphors or comparisons to enliven his writing and help the reader visualize what is going on. In chapter two, for example, he uses vivid metaphors to liken the fire the boys build to a beard, a flag, a savage flaming arm, a gnawing animal, and hell. The comparisons become more unsettling as the fire grows.

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Metaphors are comparisons that don't use the words like or as. In chapter 2, the metaphors are simple and commonplace, then grow more vivid as Golding describes the burning spread of the fire the boys build.

Earlier in the chapter, before the fire starts, a little boy steps forward to tell the other boys about the snakelike "beastie" he has seen. Golding uses a very commonplace metaphor when he compares the boy to a shrimp, a small creature, stating:

He was a shrimp of a boy

The metaphors gets a little fresher when the laughter of the other boys hurts the little boy's feelings. In this case, the laughing is likened to being hit, as it is called "the blow of laughter."

Another worn metaphor is applied to Ralph when he is distracted. It is said that "he lost his thread" of his thoughts.

When it comes to describing fire, Golding becomes much more vivid. The fire is compared to a beard as it flames upward into sky:

The yellow flames...poured upwards and shook a great beard of flame twenty feet in...

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