• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why Do You Think Golding Chose To Set " Lord Of The Flies" On An Island, And How Does He Use The Island In The Novel

Extracts from this document...


Why Do You Think Golding Chose To Set " Lord Of The Flies" On An Island, And How Does He Use The Island In The Novel? Lord of the Flies was written by William Golding in 1954. The book describes the horrific exploits of a group of young children who make a transition from civilized to barbaric. It's basic plot is to show that man is inherently tied to society, and without it, we would likely return to savagery. Golding uses the island as a microcosm for the real world, along with all the problems and realities faced in the world. He deliberately picked an island to be the landing place of the stranded boys because an island is isolated from the rest of society. The boys have no contact with the outside world and must look to themselves to solve the problems of their own micro-society. ...read more.


Therefore, the person in possession of the conch will have the power to present democracy and order to the rest of the group. In the end, when it is destroyed, authority on the island is gone, and it symbolises the boys complete decent into savagery. When Simon is in the process of being killed, Golding decides to use pathetic fallacy. There is lightning ripping the sky, and a lot of tension is being built. "There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws." This line is presently followed by "Then the clouds opened and let down the rain like a waterfall. The water bounded from the mountain top, tore leaves and branches from the trees, poured like a cold shower over the struggling heap on the sand". ...read more.


The island gives us a chance to see how society reacts in such a situation, and how eventually, mob mentality gets the best of humans. It is in their nature. Golding uses the island for symbolic purposes, giving it a beach, platform, jungle, mountain, and rocky extremity, each of which can be used to represent human potentials and aspirations. The island can also be represented as society itself, and the introduction to the theory of the beast can be depicting the evil lurking within each human being, or the destruction of human ethics. The fire could be representing civilization, and hope. In conclusion, Golding uses the island very well in this novel. He uses it to inform us about man's constant battle against the forces of evil and corruption, but also to emphasise the isolation and lack of civilization of the boys. He uses descriptive writing about the island to ease tension, but also makes to build it up. Cyrus Maravala 11F ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE William Golding section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE William Golding essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Explore the various factors which contribute to the downfall of the boys society on ...

    3 star(s)

    makes the boys uninterested in ending the loneliness, ending the 'fun' and juvenile activities on the island with it, and so they continue to hunt, furthering the breakdown of society. Simon's lack of all knowledge and sense, his intuition, and the knowledge of the awareness of good and evil, drives

  2. Free essay

    Why Do You Think William Golding Chose To Set Lord of the Flies on ...

    4 star(s)

    Golding set Lord of the Flies on an island is it isolated from the rest of society, away from civilisation and it's influences. He did this to show what would really happen if society collapsed and groups of people were left isolated and how this would have a huge impact on civilisation as a whole.

  1. Compare how the authors present and use the concept of the island setting in ...

    As Ralph throws his old life away with his clothes Crusoe symbolically retains his old life with his. Crusoe is methodical in using resources from the ship. He carefully ventures aboard, almost every day and collects resources in order of importance.

  2. Themes, Motifs, and Symbols - Themes are the fundamental concepts addressed and explored in ...

    their lives on the island in an orderly, civilized way that will maximize their chances of being rescued. The cruel behavior, love of savagery, and lack of discipline have accelerated to such a degree, especially among the hunters, that Ralph fears for the whole group.

  1. Lord of the Flies - What factors lead to the island community becoming increasingly ...

    The disparaging offhand comment from Ralph "Sucks to your ass-mar" again shows a lack of compassion towards Piggy. Piggy is then again sensible in that he says "We've got to find the others. We've got to do something". Piggy's arguments are mostly level-headed and rational throughout the novel, no matter how much he dislikes the person he is speaking to.

  2. The presentation of the island itselfI think that William Golding chose to strand the ...

    Once Ralph is no longer in control of the entire group he forms a 'tribe' of the fellow friends who do what he wants and agree with his ideas and actions, The others (the rest of the group) now become their 'enemies'.

  1. Lord of the Flies Essay How does Golding build up to the final ...

    the novel, which unfurl to a greater level as the novel progresses. We are introduced to Ralph and Piggy very early on in the novel, and we become immediately aware of the social divide between the two, a factor that will unite the boys later in the novel.

  2. Why do you think William Golding chose to set 'Lord of the Flies" on ...

    This simile is again a reference to the serpent within the bible. The story of Eden also represents temptation, and Golding uses this theme by expressing the temptation of being savage, ?the desire to squeeze and hurt was over mastering?.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work