Goldings Foreshadowing Looking At The Lord Of

Golding?s Foreshadowing: Looking At The Lord Of The Flies Essay, Research Paper

Golding?s Foreshadowing:

Looking At Chapter One

Chapter one, which is the most important chapter of the novel the Lord of the Flies

by William Gilding shows how many aspects of the novel, first mentioned briefly in the

beginning of the novel are also found later on in it. When looking at the actions, attitudes,

and setting, it is clearly evident that chapter one is a foreshadowing of the remainder of the


Many of the boy?s actions in chapter one correspond to other events in the novel.

It is apparent that Ralph walking on the beach shows a relationship when looking at his

leadership capabilities. Ralph ?tripped over a branch and came down with a crash? (pg. 3),

shows that he cannot lead the community, as it too will crash, and evidently his community

also ?came down with a crash? (pg. 3). Another way that chapter one foreshadows the

remainder of the novel, is the way the boys undressed. Their style of undressing, shows

their future nomadic attitude, and when Ralph ?kicked off his shoes fiercely and ripped off

each stocking? (pg. 4), he clearly identified that they would loose their civilized nature due

to the nature of their actions. Ralph?s lack of the ability to grasp knowledge quickly is

another action that portrays his poor intellect throughout the novel. This is first seen in

chapter one as Ralph is blowing the conch, but had difficulty producing noise, ?there came

a rushing sound from its mouth but nothing? (pg. 17). Ralph can not easily create sound

from the conch without a struggle. He also struggles in chapter four while building the

huts. Ralph can not make the shelters and has much difficulty, which Golding describes the

huts as ?Two shelters were in position, but shaky. This one was in ruin? (pg.) 51. This

clearly identifies Ralph?s struggle of learning and how he struggles to learn anything

throughout the novel. When looking at the character actions, Ralph?s leadership and

learning ability, and the nomadic actions of the boys, it is clearly evident that chapter one

foreshadows the rest of the novel in this aspect.

Chapter one also foreshadows the rest of the novel when looking at the attitude

aspect of the boys on the island. The boys display their tribal attitudes towards their

clothing in chapter one and in other areas in the novel. Ralph, treats his clothes with little

respect in chapter one and is depicted as ?kicked off his stocking? and ?ripped off each

stocking?. This lack of respect for clothing is also seen when Jack is hunting and describes

him as ?naked, except for a pair of tattered shorts? (pg.) 52. The ?tattered shorts? (pg. 52)

proves that because of the lack of respect given the clothing in chapter one, the rest of the

novel is portrayed in their nomadic attitudes, which have changed from the moment they

arrived on the island and lasts until the very end. The lack of respect for Piggy is also seen

throughout the novel. Chapter one displays the cruel nature of the boys to Piggy which

Golding describes when Jack says, ? ?Shut up, Fatty.?Laughter arose? (pg.17). This shows

the little respect they have for each other in chapter and in particular Piggy. Golding

foreshadows this later on in the novel with Jack smacking Piggy and ?mimicked the wine?

by saying ? ?Jus? you wait– yah!? ?, which also shows the little respect the boys have for

Piggy and each other in the remaining of the novel. The attitudes of Jack?s evil side and

Ralph?s good side are predetermined in chapter one with the quote ?there was a mildness

about his mouth that proclaimed no devil? (pg). 5, which Golding uses to describe Ralph?s

good natured attitude. Since Ralph and Jack are enemies, and Ralph ?proclaimed no devil?

(pg.5), Jack must be the opposite of Ralph?s good side, and be negative in his attitude.

This is foreshadowed throughout the novel and is especially seen with the dispute over the

priorities of the group. Jack ?shouted in rage.?(pg.52) at Ralph and ?they were both red in

the face?(pg. 52), which shows that they could never get along from the beginning to the

end. The lack of respect for their clothing, for each other and the display of separation

between good and evil, which are all found in chapter one and in the remainder of the

novel, prove that chapter one foreshadows the remainder of the novel when comparing the

attitudes of the boys.

Foreshadowing can also be seen through Golding?s depiction of the setting. The

setting of chapter one which foreshadows the remainder of the novel in many ways shows

the tranquillity of the ?shimmering water? (pg. 4). This perfect ?shimmering water? when

comparing it to the boys, shows how they relate to the perfect society of the boys before

they come to the island. The fall of their perfect society into the nomadic society is

portrayed by ?the ceaseless bulging passage of the deep sea waves.?(pg.120), which

shows that the boys are in rough or chaotic times as depicted by the ?deep sea

waves?(pg.120). This proves the boys change from a perfect society to a nomadic tribe.

Another aspect of the setting which is found in chapter one and foreshadows the rest of

the novel is the conch. In chapter one the conch is depicted as the microphone for the boys

and is symbolic for its ability to gather the boys, display power, and respect in their

community. This method of parliament continues until the conch is destroyed with piggy.

The destruction of the conch shows how their civilization falls and that the conch, which is

found in chapter one, foreshadows the fall of their civilization with it?s destruction. The

words Golding describes a beautiful bird are deceiving in the quote ?a vision of red and

yellow…with a witch like cry?(pg. 1), which portrays a beautiful bird, and is represented as

before the encounter on the island, and then a which like cry, which is the after effect

when they have changed mentally and physically. Before the boys landed on the island they

were considered the pinnacle of their society, but when comparing the ending of this quote

to the remainder of the novel, is tells of how the boys will change dramatically. The

procession of a ?which like cry?(pg.1), foreshadows the change from a good ?vision of red

and yellow?(pg.1) to a negative nomadic society. This change is seen evidently when the

boys first land on the island. Ralph ?kicked his shoes off fiercely and ripped off each

stocking?(pg.4) which when compared shows the transformation of their perfect society

to a tribal one and also foreshadows this change of the boys.

In conclusion, Golding uses foreshadowing in chapter one to lead the readers to

what he wants them to see in the future chapters. This foreshadowing compares the

actions, attitudes, and setting in chapter one to the rest of the novel and helps readers

identify and understand what Golding means when he refers to these aspects in later parts

of the novel. This foreshadowing technique used by Golding in his writing gives readers

the ability to predict and know more about certain events which leads to a better

understanding of the novel.


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