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Comment on the role of nature in Chapters 1 to 5 of Lord of the Flies

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´╗┐Essay Assignment #1: Comment on the role of nature in Chapters 1 to 5 of Lord of the Flies. The writer describes every details of the island; the role of nature is shown significant in ?Lord of the Flies? in various aspects. First, creating the atmosphere, showing the island is both paradise and hell and represent characters? attitudes. Second, adding effect on reader?s response. Third, the nature is being a spark-off of the boys? savagery and it is symbolic. At the beginning of the story, the boys have crash-landed into a desert island, which is uninhabited, creating a threatening and exotic atmosphere. The bright shimmering lagoon is shown rather exciting and adventurous; it is like a new world which is attractive to the boys. As there are no other people, it creates a sense of freedom to the boys: ?No grown-up!? Such setting effectively isolates the characters from the rest of the world. The boys first found the island a good place to live in. The island is in good condition and there are many natural resources, ??There?s pigs?, he said. ?There?s food; and bathing-water in that little stream along there?and everything.?They have got meats; there is the sea so they can go fishing. ...read more.

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In the more dense parts of the jungle on the island, it is always described as dark and scary. The author describes the night as black on the night that Simon kills. There is great detail of a violent storm raging on the island and the ocean is extremely rough. The weather and ocean symbolize the boy's anger and hatred. In Chapter 5, Ralph has become more mature and the description of the nature is parallel to this fact. ?As that he walked faster, aware all at once of urgency and the declining sun and a little wind created by his speed that breathed about his face.? The whole atmosphere has changed, becoming dull and the excitement at the beginning has gone. At the beginning, there is an exploration of nature by Ralph, Jack and Simon, the description of the natural environment has emphasizes on the brightness and color of the island. This influences the reader to think that the island is like a tropical paradise full of joy and happiness. However, the readers may also feel sympathetic towards the characters that are alienated from civilized world, and angry towards those who are mean and violent. The role of nature (i.e. the nature setting) ...read more.

Conclusion

Therefore in here, nature also has a role of being against to civilization, and leading the boys to become savagery. The natural environment makes some of the character forgets the purpose of being rescued, but becomes savage. The nature provides a chance to let the boys to express animal-like behavior, which was being suppressed when they lived in civilization. There is also a scene when Henry is observing the nature closing and attempts to control over the nature, ?He became absorbed beyond mere happiness as he felt himself exercising control over living things.? Again, nature is providing the characters chances to express their inner urge to control. Moreover, the natural things found on island are being used to do savagery things. ?Roger gathered a handful of stones, that token of preposterous time, bounced five yards of stones and began to throw them.? The nature is being used as a tool of exercising violent and savagery acts. The platform symbolizes order and civilization in the boys. The platform is also where the conch is used. The boys used the conch at the platform to organize their meetings. Piggy has the conch and says, ?The conch. I got the right to speak.? Therefore, the role of nature creates effect is shown significant in the story. ...read more.

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