Use of language in Lord of the Flies

Language refers to the choices of style and vocabulary made by the author. When analysing the language that William Golding uses you should think about:

  • What? The author's choice of specific words and literary devices.
  • Where/how? The way in which the writer uses them.
  • Why? The effect on the reader.

Literary devices

Literary devices are methods an author uses to add meaning or interest to a text, such as metaphors, similes or alliteration.

Golding uses the following literary devices in Lord of the Flies:

  • Imagery - Golding uses lots of animals and nature in his language. This creates images and pictures in the reader's mind
  • Symbolism - Golding uses things which as well as being itself also stands for something else.