Beauty is an adjective used to describe many things. However Lord of the Flies is not one of them. It is understandable that some people may believe otherwise. Especially in the first chapter. At the start of the novel the language is very relaxed and the scenes are beautiful. The scenes are slow and very basic. They contain limited information and it is easy to understand. ‘The fair boy began to pick his way as casually as possible towards the water. He tried to be offhand and not too obviously uninterested, but the fat boy hurried after him’. All the meaning that this quote conveys is easily seen on the surface. One doesn’t need to look any deeper. This simple but effective method draws the reader in and then once the first chapter ends the narrative of the book changes drastically. It becomes much deeper and desperate, however all the beauty that the first chapter communicates dies out and the book becomes distressing.
From then onwards we read about different events and we see a different degree of language from that of the first chapter. There is rarely a point in the novel when Golding returns to the relaxed and beautiful narrative he used so effectively at the start. ‘Simon was burnt by the sun to a deep tan that glistened with sweat’. This is a rare example of beauty in the novel. The language is simple and the topic is easily understood. Due to the fact that the events that take place become progressively more distressing and desperate, so to does the language. ‘Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood’. This is clear indication of the language used. This is not beautiful; it is aggressive and threatening. The narrative has become completely desperate. ‘We hit the pig-‘ ‘-I fell on top-‘. The language has deteriorated and had become very basic and short. Despite this it still remains very threatening.
The language becomes progressively more disturbing as do the events on the island. ‘Roger ran round the heap, prodding with his spear whenever pigflesh appeared. Jack was on top of the sow, stabbing downward with his knife’. The event that occurs at this point is in itself repulsive but when Golding uses description like ‘hot blood spouted over his hands’ and ‘hot bags of coloured guts’, the situation becomes even more nauseating. When the boys ‘scream, strike, bite and tear’ at Simon this is another example why the narrative is in no way beautiful. The desperation, however, of the scene is immense. The way they are forced to kill first the pig and then Simon or the beast portrays how throughout the novel the boys are living each day desperate to get to the next one. They go on to kill piggy in a clever way but the narrative once again is revolting. ‘His head opened and stuff came out and turned red’, this is very descriptive and somewhat realistic. There is also a visible change in the language; instead of Golding using ‘grown-up’ words he uses ‘child-like’ words. This does not, however, reduce the amount that it is desperate and disgusting. It actually makes it more repulsive because it is as if a child is describing what he saw. For a child to see that proves that this novel is not in anyway beautiful.
Now both Simon and Piggy are dead, jack and his people go after Ralph in an attempt to kill him. ‘He shot forward, burst the thicket, was in the open, screaming, snarling, bloody’. Ralph’s desperation to escape forces him to become reduced to an animal. The fact that the other boys want to kill Ralph indicates the intensity of the novel. This occurs very near to the end of the novel, however, everything is still desperate and possibly even more than before.
It is from all the evidence above that I conclude that the novel is definitely not beautiful but it is without a doubt one of the most desperate novels I have ever read. Due to this I cannot agree or disagree with the whole estimate, but only with parts of it.