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Exploring ways in which William Golding establishes the setting The Lord of the Flies in chapter 1

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Exploring ways in which William Golding establishes the setting The Lord of the Flies in chapter 1 In the classic novel The Lord of the Flies by William Golding he uses different ways to describe the apparent paradise as well as showing a more sinister side to the island on which the characters are based In chapter 1 he starts off with piggy and Ralph meeting in a wooded area,, he gives the impression that it is baking hot when he says'his hair was plastered to his forehead' giving the impression that the boys are hot and sweaty, he carries on to say 'the jungle was a bath of heat' and 'a bird, a vision of red, and yellow flashed upwards' these two sentences are already creating a mental picture of the place with vibrant colours and again the mention of heat. ...read more.

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Another example of effective use of language from Golding is 'the efflorescence of tropical weed and coral' 'Glittering fish flicked hither and thither' giving the impression of a paradise type place. On the dark side he then writes 'Beyond the platform was more enchantment' which could mean that what Ralph and Piggy are seeing could be deceiving them in some way? 'The storm that had accompanied them on their arrival' helps us find out more about how the pair arrived on the island and it is obvious that they arrived in some sort of storm which could have been the cause of a crash or malfunction of the plane. The boys find a conch and Golding describes it in great detail 'the shell was deep cream, touched here and there with fading pink. Between the point, worn away into a little hole, and the pink lips of the mouth, lay 18 inches of shell with a slight spiral twist and covered with a delicate, embossed pattern'. ...read more.

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When Jack fails to kill a pig on the island he makes excuses and seems embarrassed and annoyed. The fact that they were trying to kill a wild pig anyway suggests that there may be scarce food supplies and the only food that has been mentioned so far is the fruit, which is giving anyone who eats it diarrhoea. Ralph mentions that he believes the island is uninhabited by man and the land they are on is surrounded by water. This means they are all alone and have to fend for themselves. From studying the ways in which William Golding's establishes the setting in chapter 1 of The Lord of the Flies. It is clear to see that the island that the boys have inhabited is made out to be a childhood dream and a paradise, when the island may be hiding dark secrets, which the boys are yet to discover. ...read more.

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