Classification Essay

634 Words Dec 21st, 2011 3 Pages
Classification Analysis of William Golding‘s “Thinking as a Hobby”

“Thinking as a Hobby,” by William Golding, is a prime example of division and classification. Many never ponder about what Golding describes as a “thinking as my hobby”(494). He spent an abundance of his lifetime developing classifications of the three kind of thinkers: grade-three thinking, grade-two thinking and grade-one thinking. The effective use of classification, shows how something so alike, is still very different. Golding describes the first level of thinking as, “grade-three thinking, though more properly, it is feeling, rather than thought”(496). In other words, these grade-three thinkers are impulsive, and use feeling over logic. Under this
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Later in adolescence, Golding meets a girl whom he is attracted to. Due to different religious beliefs, and Golding’s vocal display of his grade-two thinking, he offended her. He goes on to summarize, “Grade-two thinking destroys without having the power to create” (497). The final thinker is grade-one, the highest level of scholar. “There is a higher grade of thought which says, ‘What is the truth?’ and sets out to find it,” says Golding (498). This type of thinker believes in the truth and is searching for it. A prime example for this type of thinker is Albert Einstein, whom Golding personally met. Even with the language barrier between Einstein and Golding, “Professor Einstein realized that any contact was better than none”(498). Golding spoke English, while Einstein spoke German. With the language barrier, they spoke but two words to each other, but the simplicity in human nature was all that was needed. This shows the depth of thinking and being able to overcome the boundary of communication. In conclusion, Golding illustrates the classification of thinkers as impulsive,
Murphy 3 doubting and seeking. He took a concept, thinking, and showed that thinking destroys communication. Golding relates the value of communication that he once had destroyed with so much

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