In chapter 37 in Hardy’s novel you are able to see the storm build up very quickly. ‘ A rumble filled the air. It was the first move of the approaching storm’. This is in the first few lines of the chapter; this meaning that hardy wants the storm to build up quickly in this scene. With Golding in the next chapter is built up but not so dramatically as it does not make a mention of the impending storm until later it only hints at it such as from the quote from chapter 9 a view to a death.
‘ Masses of gas piled up the static until the air was ready to explode’, this means to say the masses of gas are the clouds, when they are ready to explode it is talking about it raining or there being a thunder storm. In Hardy’s book key moments of the storm are these quotes, ‘ the second peel was noisy, with comparatively little lightning’ by this time the storm has now broken. Hardy then talks about the different flashes as if they are leading up to the climax of the storm. As you read on the climax is then realised after the 6th flash of lightning, this is when the storm has truly broken and is in full swing.
The equivalent of this tension starts in Goldings book when Jack and Ralph are arguing about who should be leader. Jack is trying to overrule Ralph and get the majority of the boys into his tribe thus making him leader. During the argument of leadership the storm begins as ‘ All at once the thunder struck. Instead of the dull boom there was a point of impact in the explosion’. It seems as the storm gets louder and more ferocious the boys start to dance as if enticing the storm to get worse. This is much like tribal rain dances, as the boys get more and more into the storm then the dancing and the chanting gets louder.
This chapter is climaxed as Simon is killed, this shows that the boys have been lowered to a level of tribal society, they were no longer thinking, they were acting on instinct. The whole scene is then perhaps cooled when it starts to rain. This is the anti climax of the chapter. The true nature of some of the characters is brought out by the storm. Hardy used the storm to bring out the best in Oak, such as showing his love and helpfulness to Bathsheba by covering the grain and thatching the Barley.
In this scene the storm seems to heighten Oak’s care for Bathsheba and is able to let her see the men for who they really are. Troy is shown as a drunk liar; he told Bathsheba that he would only be half an hour in the barn with the farmers but he decided to stay in there until morning because he was drunk. This shows that Troy cannot read the signs of nature and doesn’t care much for Bathsheba. If he did care he would have not stayed in the barn all night this shows that he does not have much love for his wife. Also if he could read the signs of nature he would have covered the ricks and protected the barley.
Before the storm Troy is the night in shining armour and it seems to Bathsheba that he cares for her, I think that the storm lets him bring his feelings to the forefront and what he really thinks about the farm. It seems to me that all he is in it for is the money and he uses Bathsheba as a trophy or a possession rather than a wife. All he wanted her for was to become rich. Oak on the other hand at the start of the storm is shy because Troy keeps asserting his power over him and telling him what to do some times saying things just to spite Oak.
Oak is slightly put off by this, but during the storm he is able to portray his true feelings towards Bathsheba after his outburst he feels rather shy when talking to her. Bathsheba is at the start of the storm confused about the way the men are treating her because the man she has just married is treating her badly and the man she knows holds a torch for her is unable to speak to her. She is confused before the storm and for her the storm is a relief because she is finally able to under stand what these men think of her. After the storm she has to make a decision about the men who “love” her, what to say, and where to go from there.
Golding uses the storm to show that the boys all have evil inside of them, this is shown with the killing of Simon. What the boys do not realise is that Simon is the key to their survival as he is the only one to realise that the beast is only what they are as a group and a part of the beast is inside of them all. The only person that might also know this is Piggy but only after they have killed Simon. Before the storm he is the cleverest boy with all the ideas and because of this Jack who is annoyed at the closeness of him to Ralph picks him on.
During the storm piggy becomes part of the tribal culture that most of the boys have resulted to during the storm he must have felt desperate to be accepted and confused also. After the storm, after the shock of what he has done he calls it murder as he feels so bad, but the others call it an accident. Piggy cannot accept this and feels remorseful after the storm scene. Ralph at the start of the storm scene feels cheated because Jack has “stolen” all of his members. During the storm Ralph is able to release the anger and because of him getting so enraged he is blinded by it and does not think of what he is doing.
After the storm he feels sad about what he has done but refuses to think that it was his fault, after the storm he is in denial of what he has done and is ashamed of himself because he is unable to face the consequential feelings of his actions. Jack during the whole thing is almost on a high because he has managed to get almost every one to agree with him and to join his tribe. He would be rather aggravated because he has not managed to get Ralph to join but during the storm this annoyance leaves him because finally Ralph joins in with the chanting and dancing.
After the storm Jack feels that he truly is now the leader because he has managed to get every one to join in with his games. I think that the authors choose to use a storm because they are able to let out so many emotions during it. Also a storm could be an analogy for almost any kind of emotion. I think that Golding uses his storm scene to the greatest effect because during it a great climax occurs i. e. Simon gets killed. Where as in Hardy no such thing happens it is just a bundle of mixed emotions. The storm is also used to tell the characters what is going wrong in their lives and to give them an idea of what to do about them.
With Golding it is a reality shock for the boys after they have found out that they have killed Simon, this is a message to tell them to stop what they are doing and to go on in a civilised manner, which some of them adhere to and some do not. With Hardy the whole storm scene is based around explaining to Bathsheba what Oak and Troy are like. Before the storm she is confused and after it she has an understanding of the feelings that these men have for her. In conclusion I find that Golding uses his storm scene to greater affect than Hardy does, as it is more graphic and shocking.