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How Important is the Setting in "Lord of the Flies" and "The Cone"?

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How Important is the Setting in "Lord of the Flies" and "The Cone"? The setting is very important in every story. The reader can tell a lot about a story just from the setting, for instance if the setting is dark and mysterious the story is likely to be about something or someone evil. "The Cone" is a short story written by H.G. Wells in the 19th century. It is about a man called Horrocks who is extremely angry with his best friend Raut, who is having an affair with Horrocks' wife. Horrocks walks in on Raut with his wife and finds out about their affair. Horrocks takes Raut on a tour of his ironworks, which are described using words such as "hot", "black", "threatening", and "boiling". This makes the place sound dangerous and possibly deadly because all these words are associated with Hell. Horrocks gains Raut's trust by saving him from being hit by a train, which Horrocks himself pushed Raut in front of. ...read more.


Two of the boys are killed and Ralph is hunted down. The island in "Lord of the Flies" is described using phrases such as "Blue of all shades, and shadowy green and purple." p 4 This use of colour suggests that the island is a happy, safe place. The rest of the island is described in such a way that makes the island sound calm and isolated: "...peacock water, rocks and weed showing as in an aquarium..." p 26 This quotation describes the coral around the island and gives the reader a sense of tranquillity. The setting in "The Cone" however, is described at the beginning of the story: "...hot and overcast...the sky red rimmed...the trees stood stiff and dark..." p 1 The quotation above comes from the very first few lines of the story, and already the reader gets a sense of foreboding. The setting helps to add to the atmosphere by using words that sound menacing, such as "...a sulphurous vapour streaked with pungent bitterness..." ...read more.


p 25 This quotation sounds magical and fantastical as it is from the start of the book. Quotations from later in the book make the story seem more frightening: "...in the undergrowth on the left was the hot, bright thunder of the fire." Now the reader feels that the story is horrific and threatening. The setting in "The Cone" would have been familiar to people in the 19th century because ironworks were a central form of employment. . Where the ironworks are set used to be countryside until the industrial revolution when all the factories were built. This makes the story seem more dark as the picture the reader builds in their head is not of nature (as in "Lord of the Flies") but of a heavily urbanised area. Although different, the setting in each story is just as important. Settings in all stories are important because they help the reader get a picture in their mind of where the story is set. Without settings being described in detail the story would be boring. ...read more.

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