With close reference to the extract, show how William Golding develops mood and environment here. (10) In this extract, we discover that it is the ending events of the novel. So, we can identify that all mayhem and destructive events have taken place; as an outcome, their effects upon the characters have actually taken their toll. In the opening lines of the extract, Golding (straight away) develops a sombre mood towards Ralph, when the officer stated ‘How many of you are there’ and Ralph responded by shaking ‘his head.
‘ What this shows is that Ralph is clearly astonished and enthralled– as if he had a flashback- by all the misery that took place on the island. He does not respond verbally, however, by the absence of this, Golding creates an additional worrisome state of mind between Ralph and the reader; which in turn produces an affecting atmosphere. This environment is lengthened through when we see the description on the look of Ralph.
When inquired about authority, Ralph says that he supervises, ‘I am,’ however after this; a sense of visual cleansing result emerges. In other words, as a reader, it is like the wool has been eliminated from Ralph’s eyes, as he understands who he truly is, ‘A little kid,’ with a ‘black cap’ and ‘red hair.’ Next we see that the mood modifications into a sorry one when in this section; Ralph may have been advised of the withdrawal of an adult figure. Yet, when reminded of piggy through the ‘eyeglasses’ he ‘altered his mind’ and ‘stalled.’ What I infer from this is that Ralph is reminded from the reasonable and moms and dad like figure of Piggy: which in turn develops a despairing atmosphere. This atmosphere is kept throughout the extract. We see next that the officer is rather dissatisfied as a group of ‘British Young boys’ would have placed on a ‘better show.’ This dissatisfied mood, produced by Golding, is placed to reveal the escalation of violence and change that has actually commenced on the island. Also, the removal of law and justice in which the British are popularised to uphold.
Ralph himself understands this and through his reaction, we see his how this was to be, however later, this ‘British society’ had actually fallen out of hand. ‘It resembled that in the beginning,’ ‘we were together then.’ Golding shows this dissatisfied atmosphere through Ralph’s unfinished sentences. In the last two paragraphs, realisation, of their environments, in between all the characters have been differentiated. This atmosphere is seen as the island was as soon as a ‘strange glamour,’ now its ‘scorched up.’ In addition, with the deaths of Simon, and ‘jack had actually …’ eliminated Piggy, tears and sobbing took them all. In this, we see that there are contrasts to the daddy and child style. We see this by the words ‘filthy body’ and ‘unwiped nose’ which can connect to childish functions. As an outcome, this develops a sincere mood towards the characters. In the ending, we see that the officer takes a look at the trim cruiser in the range. Why Golding developed this is potentially (in my speculation) as a brand-new leaf/page, a sign for flexibility, in turn, produces a positive environment.