The beauty of the novel (the reading of the writing, that is, rather than the watching of movies) lies in the poetic descriptions that we are offered. Some reviewers talk about the "realistic" flavor that Golding brings to the story. Far from being "realistic" I see these scenes as having a dream-like and timelessness about them.
When Simon lies in a trance in his hiding place near the clearing, watching the butterflies above the tall grass, there is a sense that time has stopped. Human time has little significance on the island. Watching butterflies may be "realistic"; but the full value of the scene comes through the words which form the... See More