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William Golding creates a sense of place in the novel Lord of the flies" DiscussWilliam Golding's use of setting provides a very strong influence on the actions and attitudes

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"William Golding creates a sense of place in the novel Lord of the flies" Discuss William Golding's use of setting provides a very strong influence on the actions and attitudes of characters in the lord of the flies. We can tell something about the difference in characters from their response to the island's natural life. The imagery and meaning behind the settings emphasized symbolism and created a powerful image in the minds of readers. The major setting is that of the island, a tropical "paradise" separated from the rest of the world by a vast sea, which works as a cleanser. Although the island is described as beautiful by Golding at the very beginning, some of the words he uses suggest a darker side of the island "...stood there among the skull like coconuts" (Golding pg 15). The island is like a little world itself, a microcosm, which reflects what is happening in the real world outside. The island is very remote, isolated from the rest of the world "...They stood on the top, and could see a circular horizon of water" (Golding pg 37). Golding brings up the fact that they are no where near the complex society that they were brought up with and therefore hints that there may be character conflict. ...read more.


and emphasises the Garden of Eden theme. Simon is at home within all the nature and wildlife of the island because he displays a goodness and kindness that does not seem to have been forced or imposed upon him by civilization. Instead, Simon's goodness seems to be innate or to flow from his connection to nature. When we first see the description of Simon's place it is a major contrast to the next time we see it. On the first occasion we can sense tranquillity as Simon makes his way to his space, surrounded by butterflies and sunlight. Golding references it again to the garden of Eden placing the flora and fauna in harmony with each other "Flower and fruit grew together on the same tree and everywhere was a scent of ripeness and the booking of million bees at pasture" (Golding pg 71). The reader is able to feel that this place is harmonic, tranquil and is filled with goodness. Suggesting the atmosphere of a church, a place where Simon can get in touch spiritually. This is Simon on his first occasion inside the den, when things are still relatively civilised and Simon has not been influenced by savage means. ...read more.


When the group splits into two, Jacks tribe and Ralph's tribe, Ralph's tribe are still content on staying near the platform while Jack's group has made the move to castle rock. Golding uses different imagery to contrast between the two locations. The platform during the day is always described as bright and there is little or no conflict, this contrasts with the other side of the island, where Jack's group has created a fort. On the other side the words used are much darker "the filmy enchantments of mirage could not endure the cold ocean water and the horizon was hard, clipped blue" (Golding, pg 136). Golding is giving an insight into what might happen hear at castle rock, he hints that this side will be more dangerous "...but here, faced by the brute obtuseness of the ocean, the miles of division, one was clamped down, one was helpless". Golding, in essence states that there is no hope of society flourishing on the other side because there is no sense of authority In conclusion the settings created by the island, Simons place and the platform in the lord of the flies, provided a lasting image through the use of Golding's language. The settings greatly influenced the development of the characters and had a major effect on the final impact of the novel. ...read more.

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