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Explore the ways Golding uses and presents setting in Lord of the Flies.

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´╗┐Explore the ways Golding uses and presents setting in ?Lord of the Flies.? In Golding?s ?Lord of the Flies?, much of the plot?s theme and symbolism is initiated by the fluctuation and depiction of the setting. Throughout the novel, Golding narrates the story as an omniscient third person so that the setting of the book unfolds to the reader as the boys explore. The island, in which the boys inhabit, is a microcosm of the real world, and the boys? indifference to the wellbeing of the island directly reflects mankind?s interaction with nature in the external world. Golding uses setting in ?Lord of the Flies? not only to create atmosphere but also situations in which the characters can reveal their inner selves. In the opening chapter, Golding foreshadows later events by associating the portrayal of the island to his understanding of the boys. Golding uses differing imagery to present the island in both a positive and sinister light, suggesting that although it appears to be a tropical paradise, the island has a more menacing background. Piggy has been ?scratched by thorns? and Ralph has been tangled ?among the creepers? as if the island was purposefully preventing them to make progress. ...read more.

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?Savage with smoke and flame? is a deliberate pun on Golding?s behalf as it portrays both the burning forest but also the ?capering boys? that felt no remorse in burning the firewood and fruit trees. The fact that the boys are ?capering? highlights their excitement at having discovered fire as a weapon, and towards the resolution of the novel, when Jack and his tribe uses it against Ralph, it leaves the island a ?burning wreckage.? Since the island is a microcosm of the outside world, Golding expresses his opinion on how mankind treats nature. He feels that mankind is destroying nature through warfare and weapons such as the atom bomb like the boys are destroying the island with fire. Contextually, this would have been foremost in Golding?s mind as ?Lord of the Flies? was written during the Cold War, when tensions between the USSR and USA were at its highest due to both countries possessing weapons of mass destruction. Another significant contribution to setting is Castle Rock, an ?almost detached? pile of rocks that lie towards the right end of the island. Golding uses and likens Castle Rock?s description and imagery to Jack?s power and position amongst the boys on the island. ...read more.

Conclusion

This lightning is a hint as to the immaturity of the boys who are still so young that they are afraid of lightning and yet are able to commit murder without feeling guilt. This stresses on the savagery and violence within the boys. After Simon?s death, Golding creates a peaceful atmosphere to create a contrast with the frenzied dance and the ?dark and terrible? weather beforehand. The air is now described as ?cool, moist and clear? and the ?clear water mirrored the clear sky.? Such a direct contrast so soon after the chaos of the middle of the chapter creates quite a shocking mood but also a reminder of Simon?s calm and peaceful attitude to nature. In conclusion, Golding uses the setting in ?Lord of the Flies? as a theme in the overall novel. The island is representative of the way Golding views the boys, innocent in outlook, but with a heart of evil. Golding also relates how the boys treat the paradise they have landed in to mankind?s treatment of nature in the real world. To illustrate Jack?s personality, Golding uses Castle Rock as his haven to show his desperateness for supremacy and lastly Golding employs pathetic fallacy to approach build ups to suspenseful events such as the death of Simon. ...read more.

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