Narrator and Point of View

Lord of the Flies by William Golding has a third person narrator. The narrator is omniscient,with access to the characters’ thoughts and feelings: “Ralph was annoyed and, for the moment, defeated. He felt himself facing something ungraspable.” (pp. 35-36). However, the narrator only occasionally gives insight into the characters’ feelings, and often instead indicates their emotions through their appearance or their actions: “For a moment the boys were a closed circuit of sympathy with Piggy outside: he went very pink, bowed his head and cleaned his glasses again.” (pp. 17-18). Here, we can guess Piggy’s emotions through the description of his actions. 

The narrator observes the boys collectively when they are together, for example when they have meeting...

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