Is there subtlety in Chapter Five of Lord of the Flies? can you please explain with a quote?  In the book what are examples of ambiguity, incongruity, repetition, passage of time and use of contrast?

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These things shouldn't be too hard to find as long as you have a handle on what they are.

Subtlety:  Remember that something subtle is not "in your face."  So, find places in the chapter where Golding sends the reader a message without being super obvious about it.  For example, what subtle message might Golding be sending with the opening passage (the one where Ralph realizes how dirty he is).

Repetition:  To identify repetition, you just have to identify something that keeps coming up.  Is there a line or an idea that a certain boy keeps talking about?

Ambiguity:  Remember that something ambiguous has more that one meaning/leaves the reader uncertain of what to think.  Do any of the boys say something that could be taken more than one way?  Is there an idea (for example, the idea of the beast) that could mean/represent more than one thing?

Incongruity:  If two things are incongruous, they are incompatible/opposite.  Can you think of two boys who seem to be opposites?  Can you think of two boys who have such different ways of seeing things that they'll never see eye to eye?

Passage of time:  How does Golding show you that time is passing on the island?

Use of contrast:  This might go along with incongruity.  How does Golding show you something about a character through an opposite character?  

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