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Lord of the Flies Q&A - Landscape of the Island

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What physical features of the island seem significant? How do Ralph, Jack and Simon respond to the physical landscape & what does this reveal about their characters? A major aspect about the physical features of the island is that it is in fact in the shape of boat the very thing that they desire to be rescuing them from the island giving it an irony of how they are stuck on something in the from of their safety and freedom. "It was roughly oat shaped" this is just a brief description of the island that they are stuck on demonstrating exactly what I said before that they are almost on the thing that they are looking for and yet they can not use it. "A circular horizon of water" there is water around the entire island trapping them in there giving it the feel of a watery prison with no escape. The island is in this book shown as the paradise island of perfection and tranquility that we all search for as the perfect spot for relaxation and yet on this perfect island the most fowl deeds imaginable are committed. ...read more.


and born good hearted and it is just the corruption of society that can turn tem away from this, this purity could be represented by the colour of white. In opposition to this view there is the view of Hobbs who believes that if several people were put in a place with no rules life would be "nasty, brutish and short" this idea of blood and killing could be represented as red. We could see that in the colour of pink for the rocks we can see the purity of child hood going a and being soaked under the blood of a word without rules, like Wordsworth's crossing the threshold once the protection of law and discipline (represented by adults) people become very different. All of the characters in the novel act in very different ways to the landscape and the trees and plants on it. Ralph seems to take a curious outlook on all of the different surroundings of the new island trying to look at more logically and with more sense than the other two children. ...read more.


this quote in particular demonstrates the destruction that Jack shows o he things in nature, the fact that Golding says "the scent spilled over them" it just makes jack seem all that more barbaric. You also see how later on in the novel Jack becomes obsessed with hunting and killing pigs when they do no even need to he just get s a blood lust from his destruction of nature and life. To the opposite extreme there is the character of Simon who is more reserved and quiet and is always looking at the beauty of nature and trying to confide in nature, which can be seen by the way that he goes off on his own into the forest. "Like candles. Candle bushes. Candle buds." He looks at even these simple flowers as they were a thing of beauty, he see the island as a place like in coral island of utopia and Rousseau's idea of the noble savage and that all things are born good this would properly be true if the entire island was like Simon. ...read more.

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