The Spire:How Does Golding display Jocelin's degeneration in chapters 1 to 8 of the Spire?

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This oddity places the reader on edge as we begin to expect something to go wrong despite everything seeming normal. The language in chapter one reflects Jocelin's state (as it does in every chapter thanks to Golding's unique narration technique of switching from third person to first person from Jocelin's point of view) as the reader gains the impression of anticipation and excitement at the prospect of the construction of the spire...
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Golding uses very powerful lexis such as "exploding" and "Loving" throughout the chapter as if the deliberately emphasis Jocelin's vitality; nothing is understated or subtle lingualy speaking. Jocelin is at his most confident, secure in his position to the point of being patronising "have faith my son" and oblivious to all criticism "who is this poor fellow? You should pray for him!" and the discomfit caused to the others "you are too thin skinned man!" It is not until the end of chapter 1, after we are introduced to all of the characters and their feelings on the matter that Golding introduces a new dimension to Jocelin's character with the first mention of Jocelin's angel like "the warmth of a fire at his back"...
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