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

Why does Golding choose to set his story on an island? Why is the is land important?

Extracts from this document...


Why does Golding decide to set his story on an island? Why is the island important? Golding may have had many motives for making the setting of his novel 'Lord of the Flies' an island. The seclusion of the setting exemplifies how the children have been left to their own devices and the nature of the island highlights the way it is perceived, firstly as a good place before changing. These are both important themes in the novel. Golding chose to set his novel 'Lord of the Flies' on an island as it was a way to exemplify seclusion and being alone. Although the initial reaction of the character Ralph is that "no adults" may have negative connotations, he abruptly becomes aware "of a realized ambition" and feels that no adults may actually be a positive thing. ...read more.


is still made apparent as they perceive "this toy of voting" as nothing more than a play thing, not understanding the true meaning of what they are doing. Golding use of language, as in this case represented before, hints at the break down of their civilisation and the dissolve into savagery. Golding presents the novel on an island in order to show the importance od civilisation and a structure as without it the highly impressionable children do not have any guidelines on how they should act or behave. However it is not just the children's civilisation that crumbles away but also that of the adult world that they have come from. All of the links that Golding presents in his novel are connections to war; the "atom bomb, the plane being shot down, the parachutist and the "naval officer" who rescues them. ...read more.


The fruit appears good to begin with however it soon becomes clear that it upsets the stomachs of the boys. The description given of the island of "icing on a pink cake" becomes tarnished with the boys scared to venture into certain parts of it. The conch too is seem as "a worthy plaything" to the boys, however it's "deep cream, touched here and there with fading pink" becomes dull in the sun, showing the loss of civilisation, power and order all of which were represented by the conch. Then finally the conch is destroyed marking the full decent into savagery. In conclusion Golding used the location of the island to show how the boys were secluded and to demonstrate that we live in is little more that organised savagery which is what children see and recreate. However the main purpose of the island is to be a microcosm of the rest of the world. ...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

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

4 star(s)

This essay shows a very strong understanding of the text and illustrates points clearly. It would have been very useful to look at the island itself in more detail - its geography, the presence of animals, the use of territory, etc. Nearly top marks! ****

Marked by teacher Karen Reader 28/04/2012

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

    Compare and contrast Defoe's Robinson Crusoe with Golding's Lord of the Flies.

    4 star(s)

    In the former novel the main character was on his own and it was only later did he have any company. There was no pressure on him to change into a savage and he could keep to the way he was without anything to transform him.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    How has the relationship between Ralph and Jack changed?

    3 star(s)

    Quote "Ralph was annoyed and, for the moment, defeated." Chapter 3: The relationship between them is very cruel when Jack goes off hunting alone and leaves Ralph and Simon to build huts and the choir doesn't help. Again Ralph symbolises the civilised world outside the island and Jack symbolises the break up of man without the civilised world.

  1. Lord of the Flies Essay: Importance of Ralph

    With Jack they have no discipline but Ralph, however, keeps the boys under order through the meetings that he holds. At these meetings a sense of order is instilled because the boys have to wait until they hold the conch to speak.

  2. In what ways does Golding present the boys decline into savagery?

    Golding wants the reader to know how savage the boys have become, they get the same excitement and thrill when grabbing and tying up the twins as when they are killing pigs. I think this is because they feel the same power over them.

  1. How is evil portrayed in 'Lord of the Flies'?

    The animalistic description of Jack at the beginning of the chapter is a good example of this, 'Then dog like, uncomfortable on all fours....he stole for five yards.' Jack does show us that savagery can be evil. The savage behaviour of only 'looking after ones self' is portrayed thought the book by Jack.

  2. How does 'Lord of the Flies' convey the struggle between good and evil?

    When Jack returns, he has killed a wild pig, but Ralph is very annoyed at him with good reason, and there is another conflict, e.g. 'There was a ship out there. You said you'd keep the fire going and you let it out.'

  1. Compare and contrast the 1963 and 1990 version of 'Lord Of The Flies' - ...

    This shows that children overlook maturity and responsibility when there is an option to have a good time. Jack is represented in the same way in both films. He shows anger and impatience from the start of the film. When he fails in his attempt to challenge Ralph for leadership,

  2. "Discuss William Golding's use of symbolism in 'Lord of the Flies'".

    But a dictatorship doesn't work, as everyone isn't equal. This book shows all of this. This book is also a fable, it has a moral. I think there are many different morals, but the one that stand out most to me is; Appearances can be deceptive - the island looks

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