What are examples of figurative language used in the first two chapters of Lord of the Flies?
Written as a figurative work itself, the allegory Lord of the Flies contains many examples of evocative literary language in the first two chapters.
Metaphor - an unstated comparison between two unlike things or people.
- In the opening paragraph of the novel, the path of the crashed airplane is called a "long scar smashed into the jungle," and it has made "a bath of heat."
- A bird is called "a vision of red and yellow" that flies upward.
- The leaves of the palm trees along the shore are "green feathers," and they make "a green roof."
- As Ralph realizes that he is on a beautiful Eden-like island, he emits "bass strings of delight." Here, he thinks is "coral island"--a comparison to Ballantyne's novel.
- The beach stops at one point where "a great plaform of pink granite" rises.
Simile - a stated comparison between unlike things or people.
- The bird that is startled by Ralph and Piggy screams with a "witch-like cry."
- Ralph pulls off his shirt and stands amid the "skull-like coconuts."
- The lagoon that the boys discover is "as still as a mountain lake."
- The boys from the choir arrive and are "panting like dogs."
- As Ralph lolls in the water, "Sleep enveloped him like the swathing mirages...."
- One boy describes a fearful "beastie," a "snake-like thing."
Personification - The attribution of human qualities to that which is non-human
- In the above description of Ralph lolling in the water, the mirages "were wrestling with the brillance of the lagoon."
- Broken pieces of the plane are described as having been "dragged out to sea."
- The huge ledge of pink granite "thrust up uncompromisingly through forest..."
- As Ralph dives and swims, "a golden light danced..."
Imagery - Language that appeals to the senses.
- Much color imagery is used as Ralph's body is "golden," "the white surf" hits a "coral reef," the sea is a "dark blue," "shadowy green and purple." The granite rocks are "pink" and the conch is significantly a "fading pink." One little boy has a "mulberry-colored birthmark.