Language

Style of language

The language used in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is generally quite formal. The narration features a lot of dialogue, which helps to develop the readers’ sense of the individual characters. When the boys speak, they use the language of typical 1950s schoolboys: 

Ralph turned with shining eyes to the others. 
‘Wacco.’
‘Wizard.’
‘Smashing.’ (pp. 23-24)

The boys use idioms and slang, suggesting their shared social class and their similar experiences. The exception is Piggy, who sometimes uses non-standard grammar when he speaks: “ ‘I’m sorry I been such a time. Them fruit -’ ” (p. 5). Piggy’s language suggests that he might come from a different social class from the other boys and marks him as an outsider. 

Metaphors and personi

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