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Significance of the Island Lord of the Flies

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Significance of the Island - Lord of the Flies In the novel Lord of the Flies, Golding uses a plethora of symbols to express his concerns about human nature; the island is, perhaps, the most important one. The island is a remote location, far away from civilisation. This enables Golding to express the sheer destruction the boys inflicted on each other and their surroundings. As a desolate location, Golding is able to explore the innate evil of man by expressing it in its true form, without the materialistic temptations that could have severely affected their behaviour. It is not just the remoteness of the island that is so significant, but the lack of human inhabitants. One of the most vital themes throughout the novel, is that there were "no grown ups". ...read more.

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Golding uses the scar as a metaphor for what the boys are going to do to themselves. The initial state of the island - so pure and beautiful - represents the boys as they were when they arrived. The "long scar" represents the perpetual evil acts the boys were to commit, resulting in their self-destruction. As well as denoting an idyllic setting, the island holds all the tools the boys need to sustain themselves, while at the same time it holds the most dangerous tools possible. In the first chapter, Ralph and Piggy discover the conch, the symbol representing democracy. We also discover that the island holds fruit trees, which can be used as a source of food for the boys. ...read more.

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Although the island has a 'lighter side' to it, there are also connotations of a 'darker side'; this is a perfect metaphor for human-kind. There are good people and bad people. Within both types of people there is a good side and a darker side. Golding ingeniously uses the island, along with many other symbols, as a way of depicting the true nature of man. In Golding's novel, Lord of the Flies, the island is a contrivance, used to express "man-kinds essential illness". The lack of materialistic temptations and the apparent vividness of the island, along with all its opportunities, should have prevented the boys from communicating with their animalistic characteristics. However, the fact they ignored their innate goodness and decided to live an atrocious life, suggests that "man-kinds essential illness" is incorrigible. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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