What would be the specific language style(s) used in Lord of the Flies by William Golding.Golding uses quite simple language (perhaps in order to highlight the young boys which are the novels main...

What would be the specific language style(s) used in Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Golding uses quite simple language (perhaps in order to highlight the young boys which are the novels main characters?) but i need as much information on what other styles and structures Golding uses. I can't find anything else online.

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Many people consider this to be an allegory, so you can refer to that as a style. This piece is said to mirror typical civilized societies today that struggle with a battle between good and evil. The evil in our societies turns us savage even though we don't see it.

Golding also claims himself that he based this fictional tale set in a tropical paradise to mirror Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean, by R.M. Ballantyne.

 In terms of structure, it is similar to many dystopian novels, but it doesn't follow the singular man vs. society format perfectly, nor does it occur in exactly 3 stages, although if you read about dystopias you would see it is very close.

Your original question about language style would be simple as you suggested, but I would note that it was written during a period in British literature wherein the dystopian novel received great attention and has some of its defining characteristics. Also, I would note that the language works to delineate between good and evil in terms of theme.

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