Completion of chapter 9 is very different to the remainder of the novel, both in the design it is composed and in what Golding is attempting to depict about humanity.
My impressions of this extract are how various Golding’s style of composing is; he is much more poetic, legendary method “the clear water mirrored the clear sky”. The rest of the novel is written in a lot more of a matter-of-fact style, through the eyes of one of the other boys, nevertheless still in third individual.
The way he utilizes adjectives such as “inaudible” develop a sense of peace and silence, which is a severe contrast to the killing scene prior to “the noise was unendurable”. This is perhaps to represent the calm, peaceful spirituality of Simon’s nature, and show how he is a million miles far from the other young boys, who made a lot sound. It could also represent the truth that Simon is now alone, both physically and metaphorically as he is the only one who knows the fact.
Golding likewise develops a nearly superhuman element to Simon, making Simon godlike or offering him the air of a Saint; “… dressed Simon’s course hair with brightness”. This is fascinating as it is something he was made a point of refraining from doing in other places in the book. He has made a point of demonstrating how fragile human nature is- “Ralph, cradling the conch, rocked to and fro”, here revealing Ralph’s psychological breakdown after taking part in a murder, and shown the other young boys to have regressed to become subhuman “savages”, in opposition to Simon becoming nearly angelic.
Throughout the novel Golding has actually likewise utilized the island as a microcosm of the ‘real world’, and towards the end of the extract he breaks this idea and explains the world beyond in great detail “itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations”. I believe the reality he explains this in so much detail is necessary, he is plainly attempting to make a point of it: the fact the death of Simon is such a substantial human catastrophe, however yet when compared to the enormity of the natural world it fades in insignificance.
Although the novel in the beginning appears cynical, and hard to think the author was a Christian, I disagree. When Golding writes “Simon’s dead body vacated to sea”, I believe he is revealing that among all the injustices in the world, those with faith and spirituality (as I think Simon is implied to represent the spiritual element of human nature) will go to a much better place away from the horror of the world. I think the unique maybe has a subtle underlying Christian message.
You can see throughout that Golding has been very crafting in how he utilizes strategies to discuss the value of Simon’s death in the unique, and the crucial distinctions between Simon and the other boys, and the reality Simon has not turned savage. The language he has utilized to reveal this is not typical of the remainder of the novel nevertheless the meaning is.