The Sacred Sin A Brief Analysis of the Narrative Structure of Dual Irony in The Spire

Qigang Liu


In William Golding’s novel The Spire, irony as a narrative device is conspicuously employed within the narrative of the story, however, hidden behind this obvious textual irony there is another layer of irony ingeniously designed by the author, which smoothly incorporates the readers into its realm of irony. Moreover, the degree to which the readers recognize this dual irony will eventually decide the width and depth of their analysis when they interpret the protagonist Jocelin and even the allegorical significance of the whole novel.



Jocelin, the spire, irony, dual irony, moral judgment

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